Ask A Dietitian with Anchors

Q: How can you eat six meals per day and still lose weight?

A: You can eat 6 smaller meals a day, as opposed to 3 larger meals.  This allows you to eat more frequently and fight off that feeling of hunger while still monitoring your weight.  


Q: When trying to lose weight, is it a good idea to eliminate certain food groups, like carbohydrates?

A: While there are some foods that should be limited from your diet when trying to lose weight, it is never a good idea to eliminate any food group from your diet completely. All food groups are important for good nutrition.


Q: Can you eat out and still maintain your diet?

A: Absolutely. The key to being successful when eating out, is to have a plan. Have an idea of what you’re going to order if possible and don’t be afraid to let your waiter/waitress know what you want. Ask for a to-go box right away, have the bread/chips removed from your table, and try substituting your French fries for a baked potato or side salad. These are just a few ideas. 


Q: Can your thyroid affect your ability to lose weight?

A: Your thyroid plays a part in your growth and development, and does affect your metabolism. If your thyroid gland is underperformance (hypothyroidism), this may cause your metabolism to slow and if your thyroid is overproducing thyroid hormone (hyperthyroidism), this may cause your metabolism to speed up. 

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