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Nutrition for Weight Loss

Nutrition for Weight Loss

Welcome to lesson 3! Strap on your seatbelt, because we're about to take you on a whirlwind tour of healthy weight loss. In this lesson, you will learn the answers to these heavy questions:

  • Who needs to lose weight?
  • What is a good weight for me?
  • How can I lose weight safely?

Assignment #1

Before we astound you with our vast storehouse of weight-loss information, take a moment to try our little quiz. Think of it as a preview of all that you are going to learn.

How'd you do? If you did well, then great! If you could've done better, here's your chance to learn how...

Who needs to drop some weight?
That's a hard question to answer completely since there are many factors that contribute to our decision to adopt a weight-loss program. You might want to do something about "those last ten pounds," you may need to seriously consider losing weight for health reasons or you may fall somewhere in between.

From a medical perspective, there are actually individuals who need to lose weight for health reasons. The combination of certain risk factors and excess weight (20% or more overweight) can put one at serious risk for certain diseases like heart disease, stroke, diabetes, cancer, sleep apnea, gout and gall bladder disease. Weight loss in this case can provide significant health benefits. We'll refer to these risk factors later in the lesson, so peruse them now and think about yourself or members of your family who may have one or more of them.


  • high blood pressure (hypertension)
  • high LDL-cholesterol ("bad" cholesterol)
  • low HDL-cholesterol ("good" cholesterol)
  • high triglycerides (blood fats)
  • high blood glucose (sugar)
  • family history of premature heart disease
  • sedentary lifestyle
  • cigarette smoking

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