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Diet and Nutrition Questions and Answers:  Introduction

Diet and nutrition is always going to play a major roll in deciding whether or not you accomplish your body composition related fitness goals. Here you can read some common nutrition questions and answers on diet and nutrition. If your nutrition question is actually about supplements, please check out the dietary supplements question and answers page.

Key Concepts to Know about Diet and Nutrition

Caloric Balance
At the end of the day, your caloric balance is going to ultimately determine whether you gain, lose or maintain your weight. Because of this, counting calories is always one of the best tools to create and analyze your nutrition program.

"Free Foods"
Foods or beverages that are calorie-free or contain very few calories are considered "free foods" by dieters. Examples of "free" beverages are water, coffee, tea, diet sodas and other beverages sweetened with artificial sweeteners. Vegetables that have very little calories and high vitamins, minerals and fiber content are also considered "free foods".

There may be some debate amongst experts but foods that can be considered "free foods" are broccoli, celery, mushrooms, bell peppers and many more. "Free Foods" are important because for people trying to lose weight, the more you eat, the more you will become full, the less total calories you eat and you will have a greater chance of consuming less calories than you burn throughout the day.

Empty Calories
Junk food and other solid foods or beverages which have little nutritional value are considered empty calories. Since they have little vitamins, minerals, dietary fiber and other beneficial properties, empty calorie foods such as French fries, soda, cane sugar, potato chips and many other processed foods are best avoided for almost all nutrition plans.

Macronutrient Ratio
Perhaps the most important about any nutrition program or diet, the macronutrient ratio is the breakdown of macronutrients as a percentage of total daily calories. The percentages of the 3 primary macronutrients; carbohydrate, fat and protein is widely considered to be the #1 most important thing to control with any diet. The macronutrient ratio is so important because it directly affects the hormones that control hunger and satiety.


Nutrition Q&A: Men's Diet Questions & Answers
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Nutrition Q&A: Women's Diet Questions & Answers
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  • Maintain Weight
    I am a 26 year old woman, 5'6" and 105lbs... I eat 1400 calories but honestly feel it is too much.

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    I'm trying to lose weight... should I be exercising on an empty stomach?

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