These FAQs provide basic information and related resources for common food and nutrition questions. All answers are based on experts view and research results.
Q-1: What is a healthy diet? What kind of foods do I eat?
Answer. A healthy diet is not about strict dietary limitations, staying unrealistically thin, or depriving yourself of the foods you love. Rather, a healthy diet is one that helps maintain or improve overall health. A healthy diet provides the body with essential nutrition: fluid, adequate essential amino acids from protein, essential fatty acids, vitamins, minerals, and adequate calories. You should enjoy eating a properly balanced diet consisting of fruits, vegetables, meats, eggs, starches, dairy and fats. Remember, balance is the key in a healthy diet.
Q-2: Does eating breakfast help you lose weight?
Answer. Yes, breakfast helps you to lose weight. According to a study by National Weight Control Registry, of almost 3,000 successful dieters it is found that not because it helps you eat less during the day, but also it tends to make you a little more active.
“There is no better way to get your metabolism moving than eating a healthy breakfast,” says Christine Gerbstadt, M.D., R.D. She explains that a heavy breakfast actually increases your metabolic rate, and skipping breakfast can make your body think it’s going to be starved, thus sending your body into “conserve” mode and gets your metabolism down.
Q-3. Does eating before bed make you gain weight?
Answer. Possibly it’s a “yes”. New York City-based nutrition consultant Jackie Newgent, R.D says, “You need more calories when you’re active and fewer when you’re sedentary”. So, it depends on what you eat. As weight loss is all about calories intake versus calories intake, thereby eating a small healthy snack may not cause you gain weight. But, if the calorie intake is high it is going to cost you. Experts suggestion is you should not eat a food with more than 200 calories late at night.
Q-4: Can I skip meals to save calories?
Answer. Skipping meals or starving does not help much in weight loss. Yes, for skipping meals you will lose some weight instantly. But, it will cause various kinds of health problems, including muscle loss. When you skip a meal, you’re more likely to get hungry and overeat. It is better to spread your meals evenly through the day and eat smaller meals. Experts say that it is more likely that, you’ll probably eat fewer calories with 3/5 small meals per day than with one or two large ones.
Q-5: How many times/meals should be taken every day for successful weight loss?
Answer. Experts agree that you should go no longer than 4 to 5 hours between meals. Otherwise, intense hunger can trigger a binge. Best suggestion is to have five meals a day. James Rouse, N.D. says “Five meals are ideal, and will keep your metabolism burning brightly, and your brain will enjoy a steady source of fuel,”
Q-6: Can I add sweeteners like honey or artificial sweeteners to my food?
Answer. A wealth of recent research has shown that artificial sweeteners may actually affect your metabolism and cause you to eat more and gain weight. Sugar is your decisive enemy when you are trying to lose weight. So, it is always better to avoid sugar when you are trying to lose weight. “No one type of food will make you fat or thin,” says Densie Webb, R.D. “However, cutting back on sugar when you’re dieting is an easy way to reduce your calorie intake.”
Q-7: What if I just really like food?
Answer. Almost everybody likes the taste of food, but you have to develop the maturity to balance your intake. Control the quality and the amount of what you eat. Best suggestion for you to eat more meals, but a small amount. Also, there are foods that help you burn fat; eat those more.
Q-8: Do diet pills work?
Answer. Nope, experts say diet pills do not help. “No diet pill can solve the problem of weight loss,” says Farrell. You might lose weight in the short term, but to keep if off you really need to make lifestyle changes. Furthermore, diet pills can have unpleasant or unsafe side effects.