(WXIA) -- When it comes to diet and weight loss, there's a lot of information out there. Sometimes it can get overwhelming.
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For any weight loss journey, there are a few must-follow rules of the road. Registered dietitian Marisa Moore says it's important to know the difference between good directions and not-so-good ones.
Here are a few questions Moore receives from many of her clients:
Do carbs make you fat?
It depends on how much you eat. Overeating carbohydrates, protein or fat can cause dieters to gain weight.
Limit your pasta to no more than half a cup to a cup at a time, and focus on whole grain options.
What about fat? Does fat make you -- well, fat?
Not all fats are created equal. Some sources of healthy fats include nuts, avocados, olive oil and peanut oil. Moore encourages her clients to eat these "good" fats.
Having a modest amount of fat in the diet can actually help you feel full a little faster, so you eat less food. But saturated fat, which is found in some desserts, fried foods and fatty meats, can lead to weight gain, so try to limit these.
Can you maintain weight loss without working out?
It's a myth that dieters can keep weight off without exercising. Working out is an essential part of weight management and living a healthy life.
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