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Proper nutrition is vital to reaching a healthy weight and providing your body with the nutrients it needs to function at an optimum level. Learn how to plan meals and choose foods that boost your energy, help fight disease, and promote healthy weight loss. 

“Fat-free” foods aren’t always the best choice for weight loss

Many food manufacturers produce “weight-loss” foods that are advertised with “low-fat” and “fat-free” options to persuade consumers to make healthier choices and purchase their products. However, in reality, foods advertised as low-fat and fat-free often replace monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats — also known as “good” fats — with high-carb ingredients, or harmful preservatives and chemicals that have far worse effects on overall good body health.

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The real story about dark chocolate and weight loss

If you’ve tried to lose weight through conventional methods of diet and exercise, or if you’ve recently undergone weight-loss surgery, chocolate could be the last thing on your mind. Or, if you’ve been sticking strong to your diet, you may be working hard to battle those occasional cravings you get for sweets such as chocolate.

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The role of breakfast in weight loss

Many people often skip breakfast thinking that it’s a great way to cut back on calories. Some people even feel that it’s convenient to skip breakfast if they’re short on time and in a rush to get to work, or if they’re simply too tired to put the effort into preparing and eating a meal first thing in the morning.

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Using an online calorie tracker

Keeping a food journal is an essential part of learning about your eating choices during your weight-loss journey. Food journals allow you to observe, evaluate, and ultimately change your food choices and your reasons for eating. Many people think they are following their doctor's orders and maintaining a healthy diet, but are surprised by their actual food choices and calorie intake when they see it displayed in front of them.

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Vitamin D levels and obesity

Insufficient vitamin D levels may make it more difficult for a person to lose weight. Studies have shown that low levels of vitamin D are associated with obesity, and that obese individuals have more success with weight loss when their vitamin D levels are increased.

Scientists observed that individuals trying to lose weight lost an additional half-pound per milliliter increase in vitamin D.

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