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Hi, I weight train 5 times a week and also do cardio, but I feel like I could have a better response from these activities if I had a better diet. I think I don''t eat enough to make up for the exercise, being afraid that I could get fat. What would be the best diet for me? — Diego, UT

Christine Palumbo


Congratulations on your fitness program! In order to benefit from both the weight training and cardio work, eating the right foods, in the proper amounts, is important. A diet rich in complex carbohydrate and moderate in protein and fat will keep your metabolism running and your blood sugar stable.

I recommend you consult a registered dietitian in your area. She or he can assess your own health and nutrition background and devise a personalized meal plan just for you.

To locate an RD in your area, log onto the American Dietetic Association website at www.eatright.org and click on the Find a Dietitian icon. You may also call the American Dietetic Association at (800) 355-1655 for a dietitian referral.


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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