All About Nutrition

Nutrition Questions and Answers

Vital Health Zone is proud to announce Lesa Rusher, who is our resident naturopathic expert and who is available to answer questions about nutrition and health.

Lesa Rusher is a qualified naturopath with a thriving business in Canberra, Australia and has a wealth of experience treating clients on a variety of health issues. Lesa Rusher's full credentials can be found in our experts area.

Lesa Rusher will answer your nutrition-related questions.

Q: I am 5'5" (1.65m) and weight one 138 pounds (63kg). I would like to weigh 125 pounds (57kg). How many calories should I eat a day?


A: I am assuming you are female and would like to lose a little weight judging from your height and weight.

If you would like to lose weight, the easiest way to do this is to exert a little more energy than you take in. You can do this through either diet or exercise, but a combination of diet and exercise is the best way to achieve weight loss.

Our recommended calorie intake shows the amount of calories you need to eat each day for each age group (and gender). Use this as a starting point for your weight loss plan.

Your diet should aim to include high quality protein at every meal, so that your body can get enough of the amino acids it requires to function properly and to help you burn fat - the more lean tissue you have, the more your body will burn fat, even when you are resting, compared to someone with less lean tissue. Our dietary guidelines show exactly what is considered to consist of a good diet - this is a guide only.

You should aim for 1-2 kg (2-4 pounds) of weight loss each week, in order to maintain this long-term.

Please note that the information provided is for educational purposes only and is not meant to diagnose or treat medical conditions. Consult with your medical physician regarding appropriateness of using supplements in your healing process.


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