Breakfast and Weight Loss

Posted by Janine Wong MS, RD on January 21, 2013

The Starting Line:  What type of breakfast is the most beneficial for weight loss?   Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It has become a cliche, but years of research support it. However, the frequency of skipping breakfast has increased from 14% in 1965 to 25% in 1991. Some people believe that cutting breakfast is an easy way to limit calories and lose weight. Studies have found that this str...

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Liquid Calories and Weight Loss

Posted by Janine Wong MS, RD on November 26, 2012

The Starting Line:  Do calories from liquids contribute to weight more than calories from solid food?   Sugar-sweetened beverages get a lot of the blame for the obesity epidemic. There are a variety of proposed reasons for why liquid calories affect our bodies differently than solid calories; liquid calories do not require chewing, they stimulate digestion differently than solid calories, and they empty fa...

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Self Monitoring for Weight Loss

Posted by Janine Wong MS, RD on October 29, 2012

The Starting Line: What self-monitoring methods are available to help me lose weight?   Self monitoring is regularly recording your dietary intake, physical activity, and weight. Studies consistently show that overweight and obese people who self monitor will lose more weight than those who do not. While the optimal level of self monitoring has yet to be determined, increased frequency of self monitoring is ass...

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The Basics of Weight Loss - Practical Strategies

Posted by Janine Wong MS, RD on October 15, 2012

The Starting Line: What is the best way to approach safe weight loss?   The science of weight loss is simple: burn more calories than you consume. This caloric deficit can come from a combination of exercise and dietary modification. According to the CDC, roughly one pound of weight is equal to 3500 calories; therefore a caloric deficit of 500 calories per day will lead to 1 pound of weight loss per week. Healt...

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