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Dietitian Q/A

Because of the contents of some questions and the large number we receive, the MUSC Dietitians only answer selected questions. Although we discourage questions regarding personal health problems, scheduling an appointment with the outpatient dietitian to address these concerns is encouraged. Appointments can be made after a physician referral is received.



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 Question:  Can eating too many fruits hinder you from loosing weight? I eating losts of fruits(strawberries, bananas,pineapples etc) at least three times a day. Are raw vegatables required in a healty diet. I can not loose weight? I need good health guideline-How many veggies,fruits,meats, bread etc.

Answer:

Too much of anything can hinder weight loss if you are exceeding your calorie needs for the day. In order to lose weight, you need to have a 250-500 calorie deficient each day. That means you need to burn (through exercise) and/or reduce your intake by that many calories a day. If you are unable to lose weight, you are likely taking in too many calories overall, or possibly not enough. If you don't take in enough calories, you can also not lose weight. You're calorie needs are based on your height, age, weight and activity level, and a registered dietitian can help you determine your exact calorie needs. They can also help you determine how many servings of each food group you need, as this is also based on your calorie needs. However, to get started you can look at the portion plate at: choosemyplate.gov. They have a basic portion plate that everyone can use to get started. Then, go see a registered dietitian to tailor it to your specific needs.

Vegetables are part of a healthy diet, but don't necessarily have to be raw. Cooked vegetables can still contain valuable nutrients. It is also recommended that you eat a variety of vegetables each week. Different types of vegetables have different nutrients that your body needs.

Answered: 04/27/2012



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