A member asked:

Good diet tips i'm about 50lbs over weight and i've tried dieting so many times.i gave up fast foods.i don't drink soda.i will loose it but end up gaining it back.is there any diet tips that someone can provide to me that they think will help?

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Dr. Laura McMullen answered

Specializes in Pediatrics

Counting : Counting calories and keeping a food journal can be two of the most effective ways to lose weight. Being accountable for what you put in your mouth by writing it down and being aware of calorie values will make you think about what you are eating. It is important to eat a good variety of foods, so as long as you count your calories, nothing necessarily has to be "off-limits". Get a kitchen scale and weigh your foods in order to know exactly how much you are eating and therefore how many calories. The healthiest diets involve whole grains, lots of fruits and vegetables, lean meats, fish and moderate dairy. Sugars and added oils/butter should be used sparingly. You need to eat at least three meals a day, though some people will advocate more frequent, smaller meals. An exercise program with a lot of cardio (brisk walking every day is the best!) is also important for muscle tone, strength, and cardiovascular health. Sometimes enlisting the help of your doctor, a nutritionist or a personal trainer can be helpful. You should also consider joining weight watchers - it's been proven to be the most successful weight loss program. Good luck!

Answered 10/3/2016



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