I eat healthy (no pop, no fast food, eat veggies) but I am still having a hard time to lose weight and everytime that really put my heart out to a exercise program I lose hope because nothing happens. I also have another problem because I only have one bowel movement a day (and that's not even regularly; about every 2-3 days). Is there a way I can change that? And can that be the contributing factor to my weight (since the food I consume doesn't get released)?
First of all, it is fantastic that you are concentrating on eating more vegetables and eliminating fast food and soda. Those changes can definitely influence weight loss. I'm wondering if large portion sizes may be a factor in your inability to lose weight. What do you think?
The second issue you brought up is your digestion. You may benefit from gradually increasing your fiber intake. The goal is to consume 30-40 grams of fiber per day. Whole grains, beans (legumes), fruit, veggies, nuts, and seeds are all great sources of fiber. Are you consuming fluids throughout the day? Your body needs adequate fluids for proper digestion. The best sources of hydration is water. Of course, routine physical activity will also help get things moving.
Feel free to set up an appointment to speak with the registered dietitian, Jill Kelly. You can do so by calling the Student Health Center.