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:
|Light Beer||12 oz.||100|
|Rum, Tequila, Vodka (1 shot)||1.5 oz.||100|
|Rum & Coke||6 oz.||150|
|Long Island Ice Tea||6 oz.||275|
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.
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.