February 18th, 2011
05:40 PM ET
Losing weight is hard, especially if you don't pay attention to calories. But for some, it's as simple as dropping the Gatorade and 1,800-calorie sugar bombs.
The secret behind Yankee pitcher’s weight loss?
Yankees’ pitcher CC Sabathia said he lost 25 pounds in the off season as he reported to spring training camp this week.
Was his workout a result of some mad muscle workout, protein shakes or intense athletic training?
He told the New York Daily News, the key to going from 315 pounds to 290 was “not eating Cap'n Crunch every day."
"I used to eat it a box at a time," Sabathia said.
A 16-ounce box of Cap’n Crunch contains 1,800 calories and 197 grams of sugar, according to Diet Blog. "CC, you see, has stopped eating CC' s – namely, his beloved Cap'n Crunch cereal." quipped the Huffington Post.
Hat tip: Diet Blog
What do teenagers think when they see calorie counts on menus? Not much.
A professor at New York University School of Medicine and his team surveyed teens eating at Burger King, McDonald's, Wendy's and KFC before and after a New York City law went into effect to requiring calorie-counts, writes the Time’s Healthland.
More than half of the teenagers said they saw the calorie postings, but 91% didn't seem to care. Only 9% said the labeling motivated them to buy foods lower in calories.
On average, they shrugged off the calorie posts and bought 725 calories per meal, according to Time.
Widening weight loss surgery
The weight requirements for the Lap-Band weight loss surgery have been lowered. The company that makes the device, Allergan, got approval from the FDA to market the Lap-Band to patients who have lower body mass index.
The surgery had been permitted only for people with BMI of 40 or more, which is a 5-foot-9 patient who weighs 270 pounds. Now, the requirements have been eased to allow a person with a BMI of at least 30 and at least one obesity-related medical condition– a 5-foot-9 patient who weighs 203 pounds, with a disease like diabetes.
“That would make an estimated 11 million more Americans eligible to receive the device, which shrinks the size of the stomach to reduce food intake — assuming they can persuade their insurance companies to pay for the $25,000 cost of the device and the surgery to implant it,” according to the LA Times.
The ring device limits the amount of food that can be consumed during a meal.
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