Frequently Asked Questions

Is it important to incorporate exercise into a dieting program?

It certainly is--dieting is an attempt to lose weight by cutting excess calories and burning body fat. Exercise not only promotes excellent physical health by working cardio, lung and blood systems, but also burns calories that have been stored as fat in the body. Couple diet and exercise to stay fit and healthy!

How do I know if a diet is safe?

A healthy diet takes nutritional value of all food groups into account. Be wary of diets (especially fad diets) that exclude and never reintroduce certain food groups. Healthy diets incorporate a range of low fat, nutrient rich foods. Pair a healthy diet plan with exercise that burns excess calories. Calorie counters on the market can track your caloric intake and your caloric burn during various forms of exercise.

Is obesity a large problem in the United States?

Indeed; it is estimated that more than 58 million people are obese in the United States. Child obesity and elderly obesity is rapidly becoming a grave concern as well.

Are there organized weight loss programs available that help an overweight person lose weight?

Yes. Qualified weight loss support groups such as Weight Watchers and Overeaters Anonymous help weight loss endeavors. Consult a doctor or nutritionist to find out which weight loss group is best for your physical condition, lifestyle and health status. A nutritionist can set up a regulated diet plan and monitor your daily caloric intake.

Is a career in nutrition a promising profession?

Yes--a nutritionist or dietician enjoys rewarding work, grateful clients and a fine salary. There are scores of job opportunities for nutritionists and dieticians particularly given the increase in obesity and eating disorders in the United States.