Mary Schreiner, MPH (Masters in Public Health) has worked in the weight management arena since 1990 with both the American Heart Association and the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. Besides teaching weight loss classes, she’s been involved in several Low-Carb vs Low-Calorie studies. Since she was overweight into young adulthood, she knows how difficult the struggle with weight control can be. It’s more than just eating less and exercising more. She speaks on several health related topics like:
~ Nutrition and Diet in Disease Prevention: Heart Disease, Diabetes, Alzheimer’s
~ Weight Loss Tips and Tricks
~ Women and Heart Disease
~ Exercise – The Fountain of Youth!
Here is another question I asked her.
• If you’re trying to keep your calories in check so you can lose or maintain your weight, how do you know how many calories you should be eating every day?
When trying to lose weight, I often advise people to find out their Resting Metabolic Rate (RMR) and use that number as the number of calories you should be eating each day. Then, the more you move = the more calories you burn = the quicker you will lose weight.
We all would love to lose 30 pounds in a week and never have to diet again. However, our bodies do not work like that. It is better to lose slowly (1 pound a week equals 52 pounds in a year!). And if done in a slow fashion, that usually indicates a person is:
1 – eating enough calories each day so they do not get too hungry
2 – are possibly making some lifestyle changes (choosing leaner protein, using low fat items, eating more fruits and veg for snacks) that they will continue after the diet
3 – getting added activity most days, even if just a 10-minute walk at lunch time and parking farther away from the office or store.
4 – has created an eating plan that includes a mid-morning and a mid-afternoon snack
Mary has generously offered to review one lucky reader’s food journal so tell me why you’d like feedback on your diet, either by leaving a comment or privately through the ‘Contact Me’ page. Creativity counts, as would tugging at my heartstrings and/or making me laugh. You’d have to do a few days of writing down EXACTLY what you eat — including quantities — so Mary can give you good feedback. I’ll also want to post the journal and the feedback so that others might learn, too. I don’t have to post your name, though.
Let the commenting begin! *insert royal sweeping arm motion here*
I’ll have more questions for Mary in the future, but what about you? What do you want to ask a nutritionist? Do you do the four things to lose weight slowly? Do you want your food journal studied?