Body Weight

  • Blogs

    March 31, 2014

    Seven Crazy Ways Houstonians May Be Trying to Lose Weight

    I know I am not the only woman who has her favorite jeans from years ago hiding in the back of the closet. No, I'm not a hoarder but that's my motivation. One day I am determined to fit into those jeans again. "There are no shortcuts," said trainer and owner, Bella Barak, of Bella Body Fitness in ... More >>

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    March 13, 2014
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    February 5, 2014

    Carry That Weight: Musicians, Fitness & Body Image

    So, February is here and it's time to reflect back on your recent promise to eat less, exercise more and lose weight. The first month of 2014 was filled with hope for a lighter and brighter tomorrow. How did you do? If you shed even a few L-Bs, congratulations to you, friend. You're one out of ev ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 14, 2013

    Fitness and Fatness: New Research Unveils a Surprising Link

    Almost needless to say, we are a body-conscious nation. Diet and nutritional fads (Atkins, South Beach, pomegranate, organic produce, the Fireman's Diet, the Caveman Diet, the list could go on ad nauseam) attract our attention and our wallets. Part of this obsession with weight and body image is a t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 21, 2013

    Juice: It's What's for Dinner, But Is It as Good as an Actual Meal?

    As usual, some people think Houston is a little behind the times. Juice bars -- as in restaurants/cafes/bars that serve only fresh squeezed juice -- have been a mainstay of New York and Los Angeles dining culture for years now. With the recent opening of several new juice bars in Houston, it seems ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 15, 2013

    Hey Dummy, Read This Book To Stop Eating So Much Sugar: Beating Sugar Addiction for Dummies

    How many times have you heard about the keys to weight loss, or have been given a list of foods you should avoid because they cause you to gain weight? Probably a lot, right? Well, I'm sorry but here is another method for losing weight and getting rid of your addiction to sugar. Beating Sugar Addict ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 8, 2013

    Flat-Belly Breakfast: Avocado Egg Boat

    While flipping through the most recent Women's Health magazine, I came across recipes for a flat belly. Usually, I disregard these recipes because half the time they don't taste as good as they look and they usually aren't as easy to make as the magazine makes them out to be. However, my eye stoppe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 16, 2013

    Foodstagramming Is Apparently a Problem

    We are all guilty of whipping out our phones to snap a photo of our food at dinner, then making it look artsy and hipster before uploading it to Instagram for all our friends to see, secretly hoping they will be jealous of the delicious meal we are about to consume. While many restaurants are banni ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 5, 2013

    A Place at the Table: A Heart-Hitting Documentary About Hunger in America

    "My dream is to be an honor roll student. My other dream is to be on Home Makeover: Home Edition. I just wish they would come and rescue us from our house ... I want my kids to have a better life than I do: have more food, a bigger house with no mold. Get to do what they want to do, and need to do, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 29, 2013

    Study Says Chewing Gum Does Not Aid Weight Loss

    People across the nation have used chewing gum to help them lose weight. It's a sort of a logical theory if you think about it: Chew gum instead of food so you won't overindulge and gain weight. However, according to a recent study published in the journal Eating Behaviors, chewing minty gum has th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 2, 2013

    What's Cooking on Pinterest? Fat-Burning Chickpea Muffins

    When I came across this recipe on Pinterest for chickpea muffins that apparently have super powers to burn fat, I thought this would be a great recipe to share with everyone for the New Year. The number one resolution for each New Year is to lose weight, so why not help the cause by giving people a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 9, 2012

    New Calorie-Displaying Soda Vending Machines: 5 Reasons Why they Won't Significantly Aid America's Obesity

    There's just no getting around it: Americans have a love affair with soft drinks. Dr Pepper, Sprite, Coke, Pepsi, Fanta - you name it, we love it. It's a soft drink love fest -- until we remember all the calories that soft drinks contain, and the fact that those sugar- and calorie-filled beverages p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 12, 2012

    The Mediterranean Diet: Listen to Mom

    It has long been common knowledge that a diet of healthy fats and lots of complex carbs, fiber and protein is sensible, but more recent nutritional findings have pointed specifically to the Mediterranean diet's advantages in maintaining a healthy lifestyle. A Mediterranean diet consists of fish a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 9, 2012

    The Paleo Diet: So Easy a Caveman Can Do It?

    If I had a dollar for every fad diet, I'd be rich. The main reason people grab hold of these diets is because the ads are glamorous and make everyone believe they can lose weight in a snap. It's interesting that one of the newest diet sensations goes back to the time when cavemen roamed the land -- ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 20, 2012

    What To Eat After You Pump Some Iron: Best Post-Workout Foods

    Summertime means swimsuits, which means many of us are realizing it is now time to dust off that gym membership and get ready to show a little more of ourselves than we usually do. Granted, in Houston, this season lasts about six months. But if anything, that is merely impetus to get into better s ... More >>

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    June 14, 2012
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    June 14, 2012
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    May 14, 2012

    I'm Not Drinking Through My Nose; It's Just the Feeding Tube Diet

    Those of you who don't watch at least two hours of morning shows and celebrity news per day may not be aware of the latest trend in weight-loss: the feeding tube diet. Yes, that's right. In an effort to shed pounds, some women (sorry, but I have yet to read about a man on this diet) are eschewing r ... More >>

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    March 22, 2012
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    February 21, 2012

    Google Auto-Complete Answers: Why Are Fat People...

    ​Randomly typing the start to questions into Google launches a whole host of weirdness that changes depending upon the searches people type into the search engine giant. Not only are they often interesting, but downright strange. I type in the requests and then answer the questions. You're welcome ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 10, 2012

    Chubster: Losing Weight the Hipster Way

    I was prepared to dislike Chubster the moment it landed on my desk. A hipster's guide to losing weight? While staying cool? Oh, fer Christ's sake. Hipsters -- like bacon -- are everywhere these days. Diet books are everywhere these days, too. 'Tis the season for New Year's resolutions and fatties e ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 29, 2011

    Lean1 Vanilla Smoothie from Smoothie King

    In early fall, Smoothie King released Lean1 Smoothies with this description: Burn body fat up to 68 percent faster with Lean1! This great-tasting, high-protein smoothie is known for fighting hunger cravings, plus it helps tone and define muscles. With 27 vitamins and minerals, it also aids in speed ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 9, 2011

    When McDonald's Kept Us Thin

    Photo by John Kiely​I recently found myself on the quiet side of the glass partition from the McDonald's Playland at the new Ella location, in what I like to call the Old-Timers section, the place in just about every small-town McDonald's where retirees congregate. Oak Forest is like a small ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 29, 2011

    Eight Businesses We Expect Will Be Getting Custom Texas License Plates Soon

    ​We recently wrote about a new crop of Texas license plates with a variety of themes, most of them sports related. One of the designs, however, was for the Texas Roadhouse restaurant chain that isn't even based in the Lone Star State. We certainly understand the passion of a sports fan, but ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 7, 2011

    Texas Is 12th Most Obese State: Five Excuses For Why We're Fat

    The red parts need to lose weight​If every state in America was a schoolchild on a playground, Texas would be the fat kid playing by himself, dreaming of a day when he can float away and form his own playground, damn it. Basically, that's what this year's "F As In Fat" study found, which studi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 14, 2011

    Doctor Challenges Mayor Parker to Become Vegan, As If She's Not Busy With Anything Else

    More, Parker. More.​Hey, Mayor Parker! Drop those bacon-wrapped Cheetos. In fact, drop everything, and become a vegan. You're not doing anything else, are you? So supposes Dr. Neal Barnard, a nutritionist who's coming all the way from D.C. to fix Houston's lardy lifestyle with legumes. As p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 24, 2011

    Biggest Loser, v 1.0 -- Brewer Lawn Ornament Hoarder

    It must have made sense at the time.​New feature alert for this space! Every now and then, stories come to my attention that deserve to see the light of day, if for no other reason than to ridicule the subject matter and serve as a de facto "public service announcement" for you, the reader, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 25, 2011

    Eating for Your Workout

    gocarts​When you're trying to lose weight, tone up or get ripped, it may seem like food is the enemy. However, not eating before or after your workout can actually sabotage your efforts, which is good news if, like me, you treat any invitation to eat like an invite to the royal wedding. Thoug ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 6, 2011

    Get Paid to Lose that Weight, Houston

    Thar's gold in them thar spare tires.​Hey, Fatty McFatterson -- how much would you need to be paid to put down that moon pie? Ten bucks? Fifty? A hundred? Well, a company called HealthyWage is sponsoring a weight-loss contest where teams of five can win up to $10,000. Starting April 15, Houst ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 6, 2011

    Suits and Sneakers Descend on New Downtown Walking Path

    Photo by Mandy OaklanderSuits and sneakers populated National Start Walking Day.​Though it may be an artery-cloggingly delicious way to live, make no mistake. Heart disease is still the number-one killer of Americans. And according to the American Heart Association, almost 67 percent of Texans ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 30, 2011

    Gerald Ratinov: Busted for Running Big Pill-Mill Operation

    Bye-bye, Abundant Life and Weight Loss Center.​A doctor with the Bond-like sinister name of Gerald Ratinov, along with 18 others, has been arrested in connection with a major prescription painkiller operation, District Attorney Pat Lykos and the local branch of the federal Drug Enforcement Age ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 8, 2011

    How Much Are the Obese Costing Texas? Almost $10 Billion, Study Says

    This guy is money out of your pocket, Susan Combs says​Hey, Fatty McFatfat -- put down that honey-glazed ham and step away from the buffet table, because you and your kind are costing Texas nearly $10 billion a year.Gravy-stained canklesaurus rexes not only raise healthcare costs but add extr ... More >>

  • Music

    January 13, 2011
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    December 14, 2010

    Houston Represents (Of Course) On New Obesity Reality-TV Series

    Ticket to early death, or reality-TV stardom​When Tom dropped out of high school and was no longer the football star, his weight increased with his depression. By the time he was 37, he packed 638 pounds onto a 5-foot-nine frame. Jodi, also 37, recently suffered a stroke -- an especially serious ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 26, 2010

    Pleasantly Plump: One-Third of Overweight Women in Denial

    Oh, the ironyGood news for chubby-chasers in Texas: a new study out of the University of Texas Medical Branch claims that "37 percent of overweight women and 10.5 percent of obese women were of the notion that their weight was normal or too low."Published in the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 29, 2010

    Jersey Village Sinking Into The Abyss, And This Time Not Metaphorically

    Jersey Village: Going, going, gone​Jersey Village is sinking like the Titanic, and anyone who continues to live there is sure to be sucked into the Earth's core, according to a recent geological study of Houston. Well, maybe that's a bit of an overstatement -- but parts of JV are indeed sinking ( ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 12, 2010

    Three Easy Recipe Swaps

    ​Dieting is tough. Sometimes, you may think that your favorite recipes are now off limit, that you will have to say bye-bye to making until you reach your goal weight. Not true! Here are some simple swaps for your at home cooking and baking to effortlessly shave off calories. Swap: Eggs for e ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 28, 2010

    Glee: Marking Time

    ​At the outset, it looked like another Sue Sylvester-heavy episode. First, she gave Mercedes (and, less emphatically, Kurt) an ultimatum to lose weight or be dropped from the squad, then she commandeered the McKinley High auditorium for an entire week, forcing New Directions to secure a new l ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 28, 2010

    Glee: Marking Time

    ​At the outset, it looked like another Sue Sylvester-heavy episode. First, she gave Mercedes (and, less emphatically, Kurt) an ultimatum to lose weight or be dropped from the squad, then she commandeered the McKinley High auditorium for an entire week, forcing New Directions to secure a new lo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 8, 2010

    How To Help Your Pudgy Six-Month-Old Kid Drop Those Pounds

    ​It's never too early to give your children body-image issues. Doctors at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston have just published a study showing how they detected obesity in 6-month-olds."Children who were obese at age 24 months were highly likely to have been obese at age 6 month ... More >>

  • Calendar

    November 5, 2009

    3rd Annual Chocolate Festival of Texas & Texas Wines

    The Mayans and Aztecs were right about one thing - the fruit of the cacao tree is delicious

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    January 8, 2009

    “Toast 2009”

    Anybody got some butter?

  • Blogs

    December 16, 2008

    Oprah, Shut Up

    Oh, did you hear? Oprah's 200 pounds again. So fucking what? Here is a woman who is easily one of the most powerful people on Earth, and all we (and she) have been talking about for the last week is the fact that she's reached 200 pounds again. I repeat: So fucking what? Sorry for all the swe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 8, 2008

    Get Off The Bus, Fat Kids

    Hey, fat kids -- get off the bus and start walking to school. That's part of the message that will be delivered via a $2 million grant to the UT health Science Center at Houston, announced today. The announcement noted that "childhood obesity, a major national public-health problem, is especially ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 18, 2008

    Fight Obesity By Sitting Around Playing A Computer Game

    Some Houston obesity researchers are hoping that overweight people using the Internet will at least visit their virtual clinic to exercise and diet online. If that's tough to understand, it's probably because it doesn't make sense. Actually, Second Life is apparently very popular and virtual peopl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 25, 2007

    We Blame the Chicken Fried Steak

    Yes, indeed, everything is bigger in Texas, including our fat asses. Check out this obesity map from CNN. It's kind of interesting the way fat states are marked in red and slightly less fat states are marked in blue. Maybe it's a subtle statement on the politics of the Fat Belt. Maybe not. We're ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 24, 2007

    Donnie Speaks!

    In a special message to HouStoned (and, um, basically anyone else who also bothered to read his blog on MySpace) Donnie Davies says: Well friends, YouTube took down the video that Evening Service and I have worked so hard on. I don't know what hurts more; being censored because of my message or peo ... More >>

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