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hi dr.elizabeth=)i take calories less than i need but i meet over weightwhy???!thank u =)

It can be very frustrating to not see the scale move when you are trying very hard!  However, since many factors can affect weight change, it is difficult to pinpoint an exact reason why you are not seeing the scale budge.  The best way to identify what possible factor(s) are affecting your weight would be to see a registered dietitian, who can determine what your calorie intake and expenditure are, and make individualized recommendations for you.  You can find a registered dietitian in your area at


Some general tips you might consider would include:



Monitor your portion sizes to be sure they are consistent with what is recommended for your age.  You can use to determine how many calories you need per day to maintain your weight, how many servings of each type of food you should consume and what the portion size is for that food.  It’s a good idea to measure your foods occasionally to make sure your portions are what they should be. 



Identify possible sources of calories that you may not be aware of.  Keeping a food diary is a great way to do this.  Sometimes we are not aware of how much we are really nibbling, and how the calories can add up. Don’t forget the calories from what may be added to food in cooking and seasoning.



Read food labels to identify the calories in the foods you are eating, making sure you are counting calories for the portion that’s given on the label.



If possible, try to incorporate different activities into your exercise program, or change your walking program to be a little more.


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  1. hi am dietitian and i know the calories which i need but also i have over weight and i was visited mypyramid and assess my food intake daily and i foud that the calories i take is less than i need
    dr.elizabith, am study in jordan university of sceince and technology
    am in fourht grade and am try seriousness to loss weight and i do not know what the rong and where =(

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