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I have been working out for five months, doing 45-60 minutes of sweaty cardio and some resistance training. Not only have I not lost one pound, but Ive gained 5!!! To top it off, my clothes are fitting tighter and I am hungrier than ever. What am I doing wrong? — Sara, CA

Anne Coulston



Exercise and diet go hand in hand when it comes to losing weight. Take a look at what you're eating and see if your diet needs to change. Your exercise routine is using at least 150 to 200 calories of energy each day you exercise. This would be creating an energy deficit unless you're replacing these calories along with your usual food intake. Choose more foods from the fruit and vegetable groups. These foods are low in calories and high in nutrients, but make sure not to add unnecessary fats to vegetables. Go to the "find a dietitian" icon on the American Dietetic Association's Website to find a dietitian to evaluate your eating habits and recommend an eating plan that matches your excellent physical activity habits.

About Anne Coulston

Ann M. Coulston, M.S.,R.D., graduated from Cornell University with a master's degree in nutritional science and is a former research dietitian at Stanford University Medical Center, and a past president of both the American Dietetic Association (1998-1999) and the California Dietetic Association. Ann specializes in clinical research on carbohydrate and lipid metabolism and collaborates with medical scientists in research on diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

She has been recognized for excellence in the practice of research and clinical nutrition by the American Dietetic Association Foundation, and is the recipient of the American Dietetic Association's Medallion award for leadership. The California Dietetic Association has awarded her the Distinguished Service and Outstanding Member awards.

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