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CAPE GAZETTE - Tuesday, August 21 - Thursday, August 23, 2007 33 Choose weight-loss plan after determining body-mass index Q. What is the best diet for los- ing weight? A[: The subtext of this question is, "What's an easy fix?" There are no shortcuts that work consistently and healthfully. The answer is simple: The best diet for losing weight gives you fewer calories than you burn. Facing an energy shortage, your body will reach into fat for stored calories  and you will drop pounds. Federal guidelines say men and -active women need about 2,500 calories dally. Other women and inactive men need only about 2,000 calories dally. It is recom- mended that you consume 300 to 500 fewer calories to lose 1 to 2 pourids a week. Exercise is important to weight loss, because it burns calories. You should exercise vigorously for a half-hour most days. Walking quickly works. You can do your half-hour all at once, or break it up into shorter sessions. Any senior will tell you that it's more difficult to lose weight as you get older. One reason is that metabolism - the process that converts food into energy - is slowed by aging. Another reason is muscle requires Fred Cicetti Awards Voted Best Wings at the Beach Continued from page 32 ball, a fundraising event that she has chaired. She was on the found- ing committee of the Henlopen Theatre Project, an organization that fosters theatre arts in the com- munity, and has been active with Rehoboth Beach Main Streeti Before moving to the area, she ini- tiated the Friends of Coastal Hospice, the fundraising arm of Coastal Hospice in Salisbury, Md. She also was the public relations director for Hospice of South Florida at its inception. Strauss was educated as a surgi- cal intensive care nurse. She helped to run successful radia- HEALTHY GEEZER more calories to function than fat; as you get older, muscle decreases and fat constitutes more of your weight So, seniors get a double wham- my that leads to weight gain. Arid older women get a triple whammy, because of their gender. Women usually have less muscle than men and tend to be smaller than men. A smaller body requires fewer calo- ries. If you are considering a diet and exercise program, you should con- sult your doctor first. Before you begin, it would be helpful to find out how much fat you have to lose. What's important is not weight, tion/oncology practices in Maryland and Detaware for 23 years. In 1996, she became involved in the local real estate industry. She is presently director of sales for Ocean Atlantic Agency in Rehoboth, where she was named Employee of the Year in 2004 and Top Listing Agent in 2005. In 2006 she earned the Chairman's Award for Ocean Atlantic Companies. Beebe applauds the awardees for their generous contributions and tireless dedication to Beebe Medical Center and Foundation. Beebe Medical Foundation was established in 1989 with the sole mission to raise philanthropic sup- port for Beebe Medical Center. The foundation is located at 902 but the amount of fat you are car- rying. The body mas's index(BMI) is a measure of fat that is based upon height and weight. If you want to calculate your BMI, you divide your weight in pounds by height in inches squared and then multiply by a conversion factor of 703. Here's an example: Weight = 175 pounds, Height = 73 inches Calculation: [175 + (73)2] x 703 = 23.1 A BMI between 19 and 25 is normal. Overweight is 25 to 29.9. Obese is 30 or higher. If you don't like math, you can use a simple BMI calculator at Here are a dozen tips for losing weight that I collected from a vari- ety of reputable sources. Keep track of the food you eat; this prevents overeating Don't cut back too much because your body will begin con- serving energy and make it diffi- cult to reduce Begin exercises to develop muscle so your body will burn more calories Avoid fads; eat a balanced diet or you may deny yourself impor- Savannah Road, Lewes DE 19958. For more informa.tion, call 644- 2900, or visit www.beebemedical- tant nutrients Losing weight is difficult so don't be tempted by reduction plans that make it sound easy You know what's fattening without checking a book; if it tastes heavenly, avoid it as much as possible Drink water; it has no calories and will help you with your hunger Eat because you're hungry, not because you're bored; take a walk instead Eat slowly and savor your food so you don't feel deprived later Don't skip meals or you will become ravenous and then overeat Alcoholic drinks are loaded with nonfilling calories; they also dissolve your inhibitions and make you eat more, so be careful Seconds? Ain't gonna happen. Editor's note: Fred Cicetti is a first-class geezer over 60 who writes a health column for senior citizens. Email questions to fredci- cetti @ $1.00 OFF of purchase of $10 or more with this ad 2 North First St. Rehoboth Ave. 302-227-1766 Open Daily 11 AM - 9 PM For Delivery, Call 302-945-5617 New Owners New Menu Items PRO TE6"I" YOUR