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FAQs about Weight Management

by Staff Writer

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Whether you're beginning a new weight-loss program or trying to maintain a healthy weight, having a few questions about weight management is perfectly normal. Fortunately, this guide will answer a few frequently asked questions about weight gain and weight loss and will also include information on workout routines, weight-loss tips and diets. Read on for weight management facts you can use.

Concerns about Weight:

  1. I've heard a lot about the effectiveness of low-carb diets. Do they really work?
    Low-carb diets are based on the theory that carbohydrates contribute to weight gain by triggering insulin, which in turn causes the body to store fat. The diets replace carbohydrates with protein-heavy foods, like meats and dairy products, while eschewing foods like bread, pasta and fruit. Low-carb diets will help you to see results over the first three to six months as your body responds to decreased calorie consumption, but there are some disadvantages. Eating an exclusively heavy-protein diet could lead to health problems, like heart disease and high blood pressure, down the road.

  2. Many people on low-carb diets often compensate for the items they can no longer eat by overindulging on food, like red meat and cheeses; these should be consumed in moderation no matter what diet you're on. Also, by excluding healthy carbohydrates, like fruit and whole grain pasta, you'll miss out on some very important nutrients while trying to control weight gain. In the end, you're probably better off just sticking to other weight-loss tips, including a healthy fitness program and nutritious diet.

  3. I've been able to lose some weight but can't lose any more pounds. What's happening?
    If you've gotten results with a fitness program but your weight loss has slowed down or stopped, you may have hit a plateau. There are a couple of things you can try to continue losing weight. Your body has probably become accustomed to the changes you've made, so you can try to intensify your weight-loss program either by adding more exercise time or just working out more often. You can also try tweaking your nutrition routine by changing the meal in which you eat the most food. You may also want to consider that you've reached a healthy weight for your age and body and take solace in the fact that you've been able to improve your health and longevity immeasurably.

  4. How can I get all the nutrients I need without consuming too many calories?
    First, make sure you're getting an even amount of sustenance from all the different food groups. Then make sure you're avoiding excess calories by staying away from food high in added sugars and solid or saturated fats. Last, you should always try to offset your daily calorie intake with an equalizing workout routine so you can control weight fluctuation.

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