Today Show: Diet Motivation, Diet Condiments, Diet Snacks & Walking


Kathie Lee & Hoda: Answers To Diet Questions

Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb talked with Madelyn Fernstrom, Today Show‘s Diet and Nutrition Editor, as she answered questions on all the confusing and controversial topics of diet and nutrition and overall health, including diet condiments, walking, getting motivation and much more.

Diet Questions: Diet Motivation

Madelyn Fernstrom answered questions on confusing & controversial topics of diet & nutrition, including walking, getting motivation & more.

Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb talked with Madelyn Fernstrom, Today Show Diet and Nutrition expert, who answered questions on confusing and controversial topics of diet and nutrition, including walking, getting motivation and more.


Question: I have been trying to lose weight. I know what I can’t do and what I can’t eat, but don’t have the motivation. Where do you get the motivation?

Answer: Madelyn Fernstrom said the biggest thing with motivation is small steps. Having the mindset that small achievements do count. You ate one more fruit than yesterday or you walked 30 minutes everyday all week. Baby steps that add up everyday help keep you motivated. You need support from others as well. We set our goals so high.

Diet Questions: Walking Is Healthy

Question: Is walking briskly for 30 minutes a day really good exercise?


Answer: Madelyn Fernstrom said it does count. She said the key here is briskly, which means going moderately and getting your heart rate up. A moderate, daily walk can burn 150 calories, which is close to 15 pounds for a year.

Diet Questions: Quick Diet Snacks

Question: I’m a teacher and on my feet all day. Sometimes in the middle of the day I need something to give me a quick pick-me-up. What would you suggest?

Answer: Madelyn Fernstrom said you want to think of something that you like around 200 calories. It could be a Greek yogurt or a handful of nuts and raisins or a banana or fruit. You want to have something with natural sugar because that will give you a quick pick-me-up, but you want a fat and protein combo because that will give you lasting energy.

Diet Questions: Diet Condiments

Question: Which condiment should we absolutely stay away from that adds to belly fat? Ketchup, cheese, mayo, hot sauce, ranch dressing?

Answer: Madelyn Fernstrom said that condiments can really pop some flavor, but you have to remember they are hidden with sugar, salt and fat. Stick with mustard and salsa. If you are a big ketchup user, it adds so many calories. So, take a little of it or use salsa.


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