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I am 50 pounds overweight. I was told to eat four to six small portions a day, take whey protein and exercise three times a week. Will this make me lose weight and improve muscle mass?

Eating four to six times a day can be helpful in achieving weight loss. You don't want to go more than four or five hours without eating a meal or snack. Be sure to eat whole grains, fruits and vegetables, low-fat meat (chicken or fish) and low-fat dairy products. Exercising three times a week can help with weight loss. Thirty minutes of aerobic exercise such as walking is a good start. Always check with your physician before starting any exercise program. Strengthening exercises can help with muscle mass and can help tone your muscles, which helps burn calories more efficiently. You are on the right track.

I'm not sure about the whey protein. Basic weight loss and improvement of muscle mass comes from simple basics of eating more nutrient-dense foods and exercising. You may want to schedule a visit with a registered dietitian to talk one-on-one about your goals and making lifestyle changes.

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