Frequently Asked Questions

Is it true that certain foods, like grapefruit or celery can burn fat and make you loose weight?

No foods can burn fat. Foods that contain caffeine may speed up your metabolism for a short time, but they do not cause weight loss.

Is it true that natural or herbal weight-loss products are safer and more effective than other products?

No. These products are usually not FDA approved, meaning they have not been scientifically tested to be safe or effective.

If I’m trying to loose weight should I avoid fast food at all costs?

Not necessarily, fast foods can be part of a healthy weight-loss program with a little know how: avoid super-sized combo meals or split one; try milk or water instead of soda; choose salads and grilled foods; if you order french fries order a small portion or split it; use small amounts of high-fat, high-calorie toppings, like mayonnaise, salad dressings, bacon, and cheese.

If I want to loose weight I should stop drinking alcohol right?

Moderation is key. 6 ounces of wine, 1.5 oz. of hard liquor is a shot or 12 ounces of beer are considered moderate amounts. Below is a chart containing the caloric information of some favorite drinks:

Alcoholic Beverages Amount Calories
Beer 12 oz. 150
Light Beer 12 oz. 100
Wine 5 oz. 80-100
Rum, Tequila, Vodka (1 shot) 1.5 oz. 100
Rum & Coke 6 oz. 150
Long Island Ice Tea 6 oz. 275
Margarita 6 oz. 168

I hear that "Going Vegetarian" is the best way for me to lose weight and get healthier?

Research shows that people who follow a vegetarian eating plan, on average, eat fewer calories and less fat than nonvegetarians. They also tend to have lower body weights relative to their heights than nonvegetarians. Choosing a low fat vegetarian eating plan may be helpful for weight loss. It’s important to remember that vegetarian diets need to be carefully planned to make sure they are balanced.

Additional Resources

Rutgers Dining Services:  Rutgers Dining Services is committed to providing a high quality, efficient food operation in a safe and congenial environment.
Rutgers Health Dining:  For the average college student, it may be difficult to balance a stressful lifestyle along with a nutritious diet. The RU Healthy Dining Team is here to help!
Rutgers Health Services:  Rutgers Health Services is dedicated to offering healthcare for the whole student body, mind, and spirit.
Department of Nutritional Sciences:  The combination of biology and social science in teaching and research equips the department to take a fresh look at nutrition problems and develop unique solutions that improve the quality of life for people throughout New Jersey, the United States, and the world.

My Plate:  MyPlate is a reminder to find your healthy eating style and build it throughout your lifetime. Everything you eat and drink matters. The right mix can help you be healthier now and in the future.

Eating Right:  As a leader in food and nutrition issues, the Academy provides expert testimony at hearings, lobbies Congress and other governmental bodies, comments on proposed federal and state regulations, and develops position statements on critical food and nutrition issues. 
U.S. Food and Drug Association:  Provides national data regarding food and other helpful nutritional information.
Food and Nutrition Information CenterThe Food and Nutrition Information Center (FNIC) is a leader in on-line global nutrition information. Student Guide to Nutrition: Understanding the hows and whys of healthy eating can help you maximize your food choices in school and set you up for a lifetime of healthy eating habits.