Things your doctor would like you to know about losing weight

We asked doctors, dietitians, therapists and other weight loss experts about the key facts their clients most often overlook. If you want to lose a few pounds, make sure you master these often misunderstood facts.

Even nutritious food can make you gain weight

“A lot of people think that if it’s healthy, you can eat as much as you want, but it’s important to limit ‘recreational’ food, no matter how healthy the snack is.” —Fiola Sowemimo, MD, Board Certified in Internal and Bariatric Medicine, Freehold, New Jersey. If you’re snacking, make sure you pick the right kind; these snacks can help with weight loss.

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When you eat is just as important as what you eat

“When you eat, it is important to lose weight. Starving all day and eating a big meal at the end of the day is counterproductive. No matter how nutritious a meal is, if you eat too late in the day, you won’t have time to burn it off and use it as fuel for the day. It ends up being stored in a body gas tank (the fat cells) that you can’t easily reach.” —Dr Sowemimo.

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