Five Frequently Asked Weight Loss Questions
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"If I am on a diet, do I still need to exercise to lose weight?"

Yes.  Exercise should be an integral part of any weight loss plan.  Exercise will help you to lose and to maintain your weight loss.   

Your diet will help you to lower your caloric intake.  Exercise will help you to burn more calories and boost your metabolism to burn calories faster.   To lose weight, you want to create a caloric deficit, which means that you want to burn more calories that you eat.  

Diet alone may do the job but it is the wrong approach to weight loss, adding exercise is your best choice.  

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"Are all calories the same?"

Do 100 calories from sweets such as candy or chocolate equal the same weight gain as 100 calories from fruit?  Yes, as far as weight gain, calories are calories, although the fruit calories are more filling. 

"Does it matter what time you eat?"

According to most experts, it does not seem to matter.  As long as you do not exceed your calorie limit, the time at which you eat does not matter.  

“How many calories should I eat?”

Calories needed vary from person to person.  Your height and weight as well as your age and activity level are all factors that determine your caloric needs.   The status of your health also enters into the equation and if you are pregnant or breast feeding. The best way to accurately determine your how many calories you need it to enlist the services of a registered dietitian.  

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“What is gluten?

Gluten is a type of protein.   You will find gluten in barley, rye and wheat.  For the last several years, more and more people have shown an interest in gluten and have been choosing gluten-free products and diets. 

There are, in fact, lots of good reasons to keep gluten in your diet.  Whole grains provide you with a good source of fiber which helps with digestion, lowers cholesterol, lowers blood pressure, and controls weight.  

If you are considering 'gluten free' as a weight loss method, perhaps, you should do more research and rethink this option.  If you are sensitive to gluten or have celiac disease, then lowering your intake of gluten is probably a wise choice.  See you medical professional to be sure.

Most experts seem to agree that for most people eliminating gluten is not necessary.

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