I have been trying to lose weight and can’t stand veggies or fruit.

I have been trying to lose weight ever since the 4th grade and am now 22 years old. Last time I had it checked my body fat was 27%, but I know I have gained weight since then. The main problem with all of this is that I don’t eat veggies. I can’t stand them – carrots, lettuce, and corn are tolerable when people pick on me about my habits, but I just can’t seem to eat them. The same goes for fruits, although I love apple juice. I do take a vitamin supplement, but really want to start eating healthy. Help!

If you don’t like vegetables, then try eating foods with vegetables in them like spaghetti sauce, soup, stew, casseroles or stir-fry meals. If you dislike all raw, cooked vegetables and foods with vegetables in them, then you probably won’t eat vegetables. They do contain a lot of vitamins, minerals, and fiber, but only if you eat them! You choose. Don’t let other people determine what you eat.

Fruits are similar to the above discussion about vegetables.

So to make up for the nutrients you aren’t getting in fruits and vegetables, take a multivitamin that has 100% RDA (Recommended Dietary Allowance) of all nutrients. Vitamin pills though don’t contain fiber. For fiber, you need whole grain bread, cereal, rice, or pasta. I would hope that someday you may add vegetables and fruits to your eating choices.

Eating vegetables and fruits will not cause weight loss. Normal body fat for women is 21 to 23%, for men 18 to 20%. You may be over fat. Exercise is the most effective method to lose body fat and increases muscle mass. The human body can be divided into lean muscle tissue (muscle, organs, and bones) or body fat. Now, this is simplistic, but it works. Lean muscle tissue burns more calories than body fat which basically just sits there holding onto a lot of calories in case of a famine. So why not try exercise to change the composition of your body?

Eating healthy is a good goal. What else are you doing?