Biggest Loser - The Role of Food

Posted Tuesday --- November 20, 2007

We take a closer look at how food plays an important role - and not just a lack of food like you might think.

It is a careful balance, especially for people trying to lose a significant amount of weight.

Between eating less and eating healthy, and eating enough of the right food to HELP shed weight.

The contestants are working out anywhere from 4 to 7 days a week.

Dietitian Robin Potter from Meriter Hospital tells us to make sure you keep it off - it's important to take in healthy calories to burn fat.

She says most people who are successful losing weight, cut back about 3 or 400 calories a day and exercise.

Not necessarily a whole food group, and not necessarily fat free - just low-fat.

Robin tells us that several weeks into a weight loss routine, it's good to know it's normal to "plateau" .

Don't cut back drastically on your calorie intake because it could force the body to go into starvation mode and hang on to more weight.

Try every day to get at least 3 servings of vegetables (not potato) and two servings of fruit.

ADD fiber - look for whole grains - most people need 25 grams a day and can get a significant amount from fruits and veggies

Next week we'll tackle the topic of allowing yourself to CHEAT - just how much can you let slide every day or every week without hurting your progress?

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