Food Facts and Fiction
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These days it's easy to find nutrition information, in best-selling books, on the Internet, and even on fast food menus. The hard part is digesting all those food facts and finding out what's truly healthy. Dietitian Elena Carbone joined us on March 25, 2004 to ease our caloric confusion.
The opinions expressed herein are the guests' alone and have not been reviewed by a WebMD physician. If you have questions about your health, you should consult your personal physician. This event is meant for informational purposes only.
In addition, physical activity is key. That doesn't mean having to go to the gym or running; it can mean your usual activity pattern, including shopping, walking, gardening -- activities of daily living.
Once you've evaluated yourself and identified your problem areas, some of the things to think about are aiming for a healthy weight, being realistic, building a healthy base by eating vegetables, fruits, and grains, choosing sensible portion sizes, and being just as sensible about physical activity, starting slowly and being realistic.
Be careful of eating too much fiber too fast, or adding too much fiber too fast. As with everything, start slowly, and be sure to drink plenty of fluids when you're increasing your fiber intake. Look for things like:
You asked about the other nutrients. What we can look at in the big picture is balancing carbohydrate, fat, and protein. Those are called the macronutrients.
Now, these are general guidelines; a lot depends on your physical activity level. The bottom line is to be sensible and realistic; set small goals for yourself; realize that weight gain did not happen overnight, so it's not going to come off overnight, and think of this as a long-term process to change a lifestyle, as opposed to a short-term, quick-fix weight-loss diet.
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