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How long does it take after you have begun a diet for the results to show? — Erin, OH

Christine Palumbo



Weight loss varies between individuals due to age, size and gender differences, as well as differences in metabolism and exercise programs. Generally, those who are younger, larger and male show weight loss sooner than those older, smaller and female. People with a slower metabolism naturally lose weight more slowly. People who engage in vigorous exercise programs about five days a week will show loss faster than those who exercise less (or not at all!). Remember, weight training may add poundage in the form of muscle, but may cause you to lose inches. A general time frame for noticeable weight loss is a couple of weeks.

About Christine Palumbo

Christine Palumbo, MBA, RD has been a nutrition communications consultant since 1989, providing dietary counsel and analysis on various nutrition, health and weight management topics to corporate clients and news media outlets nationwide. An active member of the American Dietetic Association (ADA), the Illinois Dietetic Association, Chicago Dietetic Association for more than twenty years, she has served on a variety of boards and practice group committees within those organizations. In 1981 and 1982, Palumbo was honored by the Chicago Dietetic Association and the Illinois Dietetic Association, respectively, as the Recognized Young Dietician of the Year.

Palumbo has been featured as the expert speaker in numerous national health panels and has published many articles and pamphlets regarding nutrition and healthcare. She has been featured in national women's, health and business magazines, daily newspapers and local and national radio programs. Palumbo has also appeared on numerous local and national TV news programs, including a segment on the Oprah Winfrey Show in 1997 on the health benefits of drinking water.

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