Substantial Weight Loss

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Q:

I work a 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. shift and am trying to lose a lot of weight (about 100 pounds). My body is fairly well adjusted to this schedule, but are there some foods that I should avoid because of my schedule?


A:

Congratulations on your decision to get in better shape. The body is able to metabolize food at any time of day, so there aren't any foods you need to avoid due to your schedule. However, you want to make sure you eat a variety of foods from each food group, choosing those that are low in fat and high in fiber as often as possible. Skip the high-fat, empty calorie goodies that often accompany an overnight shift, such as doughnuts, pastries or pizza. Instead, bring healthy snacks to work, including fresh fruit, nonfat or low-fat yogurt and whole grain crackers. Also, make sure you eat at least three meals a day; avoid skipping meals because of your schedule. Going too long without eating can lead to a drop in your metabolism and may cause you to overeat later on. And don't forget to fit in some physical activity. Because you are trying to lose a substantial amount of weight, it's wise to meet with a registered dietitian who can help you work out an eating and activity plan to lose the weight safely. Best of luck.

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