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Ask the Experts features questions submitted by members like you to our nutrition, fitness and motivation experts. You can browse our list of questions and click on them to find answers.
Why doesnít SparkPeople offer dairy-free and gluten-free meal plans for members with these (and other) specific dietary restrictions?
I've been tracking my food, and I'm going over my daily cholesterol goals. Should I be concerned?
I'm on my feet doing a labor-intensive, active job most days of the week. Is the calorie range that provided to me accurate for my active lifestyle?
Why can't I track sugar on my SparkPeople nutrition tracker?
Why is SparkPeople so obsessed with water? Do I really need 8-12 cups a day?
Is Alli, the new weight loss pill, safe and effective?
Are SparkPeople's nutrition recommendations accurate for people who are in wheelchairs (and therefore mostly sedentary)?
Is it possible to be addicted to food and eating?
Does a "raw" vegan diet really enhance health and weight loss?
Is there really such a thing as "negative calorie" foods?
Is there such a thing as too much fiber?
How will fasting for religious reasons, such as Lent, affect my weight loss?
Will fasting jumpstart my weight loss efforts and boost my health?
How do I know if the recommended serving size is cooked or uncooked when I look at it in the food database?
If I consume fewer calories than my plan recommends, will I lose weight faster?
Do diet pills really suppress cravings and help you lose weight?
What is considered a serving of vegetables?
Can you give me suggestions for a good pre-game meal?
Can other drinks such as diet sodas and herbal tea count towards my 8 glasses of water for the day?
I get tired every afternoon. Is this normal?
What is the difference between simple carbohydrates and complex carbohydrates?
What are the benefits of drinking more water?
What are the health benefits of eating fruits and vegetables?
I've heard that hydrogenated oils are bad for you. What foods should I avoid?
What are some ways to reduce the sodium in my diet?
What are some ways to get extra fiber in my diet?
What is wrong with eating too much protein in a day?
What are some of the pitfalls, if any, of becoming vegetarian or vegan?
How can I eat healthy while traveling?
When I eat, Iím still hungry. What can I do?
How can I prevent nighttime hunger?
My most difficult time is late evenings. How can I resist the temptation to snack at this time of day?
Can you explain the concept of "burning more calories than you consume" in order to lose weight?
What is the best type of diet to lose body fat while maintaining lean muscle mass?
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