What You Need!

Look Delicious & Tasteful Plus Healthy With Low Fat
1 HONEY MAID Honey Graham, crushed
2/3 cup  boiling water
1 pkg. (3 oz.) JELL-O Orange Flavor Sugar Free Gelatin
1 cup  BREAKSTONE'S or KNUDSEN 2% Milkfat Low Fat Cottage Cheese
1 tub (8 oz.) PHILADELPHIA Fat Free Cream Cheese
2 cups  thawed COOL WHIP FREE Whipped Topping

Make It!

SPRINKLE crumbs onto bottom of 8- or 9-inch springform pan sprayed with cooking spray.
ADD boiling water to gelatin mix; stir 2 min. until completely dissolved. Cool 5 min.; pour into blender. Add cottage cheese and cream cheese; blend well. Pour into large bowl. Gently stir in COOL WHIP. Pour into prepared pan; smooth top.
REFRIGERATE 4 hours or until set. Remove rim of pan before serving. Refrigerate leftovers.

Kraft Kitchens Tips

Substitute 9-inch pie plate for the springform pan.
Special Extra
Garnish with fresh mint sprigs and thin orange slices just before serving.

 Prep Time:15 min
Total Time: 4 hr 15 min
Makes: 8 servings

Source : KraftFoods

MyTummy : Cheese Cake always has special attraction ... therefore it is very difficult to forget the taste wherever we go!

You know you are experiencing yo-yo dieting, but do not know how to stop it! It is time to get your balance back. The following easy weight loss tips will help you lose weight in a healthy way.

Tip 1: Find out how many calories you need

 BMR (Basal Metabolic Rate)

BMR [kcal]
Body Weight [lb] x 15 + (moderate activity [mins/day] x 3.5)
Since you wish to lose weight, your target = BMR - 500 kcal

For instance, you weigh 140 lb and you perform 20 mins of moderate activity every day. BMR of this example = (140 x 15) + (20 x 3.5) = 2100 + 70 = 2170 kcal. BMR minus 500kcal; it would be 2170 - 500 = 1670 kcal. Therefore 1670 kcal is the target in this example to losing 1 lb per week.

Tool: Use online Calories Calculator to calculate how many calories you need every day.

 Tip 2: Eat at least 5 servings of fruits and vegetables per day

Fruits and vegetables are packed with beneficial fibers, vitamins and antioxidants. They fill up your stomach fast so you feel full earlier. They are also low in calories and helps to keep your calorie count low.

Tip 3: Watch for Portion Size

One serving of pasta means 1/2 cup of cooked pasta. However, most restaurants serve a pasta dish with 4 servings of pasta!!! You do not need to finish and clean off the plate every time. You can simply ask to take home the leftover.



Tip 4: Do not Skip Meals

Eating small frequent meals help to balance your calorie intake throughout the day and also keeps your blood sugar level balanced. Instead of eating 3 big meals, try to eat 5 - 6 smaller meals throughout the day.


Tip 5: Go for wholesome fresh foods


If possible, purchase fresh foods and avoid package (processed) and convenient foods such as fast food. Packaged and convenient foods are often higher in sodium and fat content. Many people we spoke to are amazed that they can easily lose weight by packing a home-cooked lunch to work instead of eating out.

Tip 6: Don't be overly-restrictive

Everyone has his or her favorite treats. Simply allow yourself a little indulgence, but watch out for the frequency and the quantity. Having a small treat once in a while can be rewarding to your weight loss experience. Cutting too much of your favorite treats usually lead to an early relapse.



Tip 7: Understand Food Claims and Labels


A product labelled with a fat-free claim does not mean that it is low in calories. Similarly a product labelled as low-sugar or low-carb does not mean it is low in fat or calories. Always read the nutrition label on the packaging.

Tip 8: Watch for the sugary drinks

Juices, soda, cream & sugar in your coffee or tea all add up. Opt for drinking at least 8 glasses of water a day. In addition to providing hydration to your body, it will also help you feel full.

Tip 9: Keep a food journal

Keeping a food journal helps you pin point your eating pattern and will enable you to easily modify it. If possible, have your Registered Dietitian review your journal.


Tip 10: Exercise, period

Most authorities recommend 30 - 60 minutes of physical activity a day to stay healthy. Also try adding weight-bearing exercises at least 2 times a week. This will help burn some of the unwanted calories.

Source : HealthCastle


Obesity - Surgery

Posted by Trisha Kyrill | 1:00 AM

Ashlee Kopp lost 150 pounds after her obesity surgery. ( Credit :  i.abcnews.com/Health )

Surgery may be an option if you have a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or more. It may also be an option if you have a BMI of 35 and another health problem related to your weight, such as diabetes or arthritis.

Gastric bypass surgery may help you live longer. Some studies show that people who have weight-loss surgery have a lower risk of dying from heart problems, diabetes, or cancer.12

The goal of surgery is to cause significant weight loss. This should reduce obesity-related health problems, including type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure.

It is important to remember that you may still be obese or overweight after the surgery. Also, surgery will require you to make extreme changes in how you eat, such as eating only a few ounces of food at a time because the surgery creates a much smaller stomach.

Getting good nutrition is also a problem. So you will probably need to take vitamins and supplements. You will also need to avoid high-calorie drinks, which add calories without nutrients.

Two types of surgery are used to treat obesity. A restrictive operation (such as stomach stapling [vertical banded gastroplasty] or adjustable gastric banding) reduces food intake, usually by decreasing the size of the stomach. A malabsorptive, irreversible operation (such as a Roux-en-Y gastric bypass or a biliopancreatic diversion) makes the stomach smaller and decreases the digestion and absorption of food.

Other types of surgery (including intestinal bypass, jaw wiring, and liposuction) have been used to treat obesity. None have been found to have long-term benefit in the treatment of obesity. They are not recommended because of side effects and poor success rates.

Surgery Choices 

Restrictive operation (stomach stapling [vertical banded gastroplasty] or gastric banding)

In stomach stapling, an incision is made in the abdomen. Surgical staples and a plastic band are used to create a small pouch at the top of the stomach. With gastric banding, a small band is placed around the upper part of the stomach, creating a small pouch. 

Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (the most commonly used). Gastric bypass surgery makes the stomach smaller and allows food to bypass part of the small intestine.

Biliopancreatic diversion (rarely used). Biliopancreatic diversion changes the normal process of digestion by making the stomach smaller and allowing food to bypass part of the small intestine so that you absorb fewer calories.

Nutrition concerns

After surgery, you will only be able to eat or drink very small amounts. For the first week or two, you will be on a liquid diet. When you are able to have solid foods, they will need to be pureed.

You will need to avoid certain foods, depending on which type of surgery you have. Right after surgery, you may not be able to have any liquids that contain sugar. And you may have to avoid milk.

You will also need to learn new ways to eat. You'll need to eat very slowly and chew your food well. If you don't make these changes, you may vomit frequently and have pain. You may also develop nutrition problems and need to take vitamins.

Low calcium and iron levels can be problems. Your bones may weaken and you may develop anemia. Your doctor may recommend calcium, iron, and vitamin supplements.

Some people develop dumping syndrome when they eat or drink simple sugars (found in candy, juices, ice cream, condiments, or soft drinks). Dumping syndrome occurs when food moves too quickly through the stomach and intestines. It can cause shaking, sweating, dizziness, rapid heart rate, and often severe diarrhea.

Foods with natural sugars found in fruits, dairy, and vegetables do not usually cause dumping syndrome.
You will not be able to drink for 30 minutes before eating, during your meal, and for 30 minutes after eating.

Should I Treat Obesity With Surgery?

All surgeries have risks. Discuss your treatment options with your doctor to decide what is best for you.
Most people who have surgery to treat obesity quickly begin to lose weight. Weight loss usually continues for about 2 years.

Risks common to all surgeries for weight loss include an infection in the incision, a leak from the stomach into the abdominal cavity or where the intestine is connected (resulting in an infection called peritonitis), and a blood clot that blocks blood flow in the lung (pulmonary embolism). About one-third of all people who have surgery for obesity develop anemia or osteoporosis.3, 13

It is important to compare the risks of being obese with the risks of surgery.

Source : WebMd