Nutrition Expert Q&A

Susan Bowerman is the senior director of worldwide nutrition education and training at Herbalife Nutrition. As a registered dietitian and a board-certified specialist in both sports dietetics and obesity and weight management, she brings a wealth of wellness knowledge to share in her bi-weekly column, Dear Susan!

 If you’ve ever had nutrition-related questions and searched your inquiry online, you know that it’s not always easy to find answers or sources you can trust. With all of the information and misinformation that’s out there regarding healthy eating, making sense of how it all applies to you can seem pretty daunting. Plus, as the saying goes, don’t believe everything you read on the internet.

Get the answers to your nutrition-related questions from Susan Bowerman!* Whether you’re wondering about the timing of your meals, the portion sizes or anything in between, she’s got you covered and is providing expert insight and advice in her weekly column, Dear Susan. Simply drop her a line at the link below and keep an eye out for her answer!

 

*Susan will select questions to answer here within the column every two weeks and regrets that she cannot answer every question received via email individually.


†The advice offered in this column is intended for informational purposes only. Susan cannot provide advice for individual health issues and cannot directly answer product questions. All product-related questions should be directed to the Herbalife Nutrition Support Center.

   

  

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She’s on a Diet, He Isn’t

June 5, 2020 

Dear Susan,

I’m trying to lose weight, but it’s really hard because my husband isn’t on a diet. It’s really frustrating for me because he likes to eat out a lot, and he’s constantly snacking, but he never puts on weight! It’s hard for me to stick with my plan when we go to restaurants, and even harder to watch him eat all those snacks when I can’t have any. What can I do?

Sincerely,

Venus vs. Mars

 

Dear Venus,

This is a common problem among couples because it can affect both parties. Try to approach your weight loss as a long-term effort toward healthier eating – something that will benefit you both. Have an honest talk about the issues that are hard for you and try to compromise on a solution. Yes, dining out may be hard for you – but it’s also something you’ll need to learn how to do in the long run, so maybe you can identify a few restaurants that serve foods that work with your plan. Another thing that can really help when you eat out  is to order before your husband does. That way, it’s easier to stick to your plan and you won’t be swayed by his choices. You don’t need a high-calorie meal in order to enjoy a night out – focus on how much you’re enjoying this special time with your partner. Learn how to ask for support – which isn’t the same as asking your partner to go on a diet with you. Maybe he can help with meal prep or watch the kids while you go to the gym. And try to avoid being angry with your husband because of his ability to eat what he wants to without gaining – that’s never productive.

 

She Worries about Nutrient Losses in Frozen Foods

June 5, 2020

Dear Susan,

I like to use frozen fruits and veggies in my Formula 1 shakes, and I see that you do that sometimes in your videos. But I’ve heard that some nutrition gets lost when foods are frozen.  Is that true? 

Sincerely,

Chill Girl

 

Dear Chill Girl,

It’s fine to use frozen fruits and veggies! When foods are processed for the freezer, they’re usually picked at peak ripeness and then processed quickly, which means they retain their nutrients. I also like the convenience factor, and frozen fruits and veggies (like spinach, winter squash and carrots) make my Formula 1 shakes so thick I can eat them with a spoon. Just be sure that you’re buying plain, whole fruits and veggies and not paying for extra sugar on your fruit or salty sauces on your veggies.

 

Vegetarian Worries about Getting Enough Protein

May 18, 2020

Dear Susan,

I’ve been trying to eat more vegetarian meals lately. I feel great, but I’m wondering if I’m getting enough protein. How can I get enough protein without eating meat?

Sincerely,
Animal Lover

 

Dear Animal Lover,

A vegetarian diet can provide enough protein, as long as it’s well-balanced and you eat a variety of plant proteins. You need to consume plenty of the nine essential amino acids (these are the ones your body can’t make) – they’re used to assemble and maintain the various proteins in your body, like your muscles. Animal and animal-derived proteins contain all nine essential amino acids, so if you’re eating dairy foods and eggs (in other words, you’re not vegan), you should have no problem meeting your needs. Most plant proteins (with the exception of soy) lack one or more essential amino acids. But if you mix up your plant proteins from beans (including soy), lentils and whole grains, and include some nuts and seeds, you should be able to meet your needs. Protein powders can be a big help – for those who consume dairy, our Personalized Protein Powder is a blend of soy and whey proteins; our Select Products provide protein from a blend of three plant sources – pea, rice and quinoa.

 

Coffee Lover Hates PLAIN Water, Seeks Hydration 

May 18, 2020

 

Dear Susan,

Do I really need to drink eight glasses of water a day? I don’t really like plain water, but I try to force it down in between my cups of coffee and tea that I have during the day. Can I count coffee and tea as part of my daily fluids?

Sincerely, 
Waterlogged

 

Dear Waterlogged,

Good news! Tea and coffee count toward your eight cups of fluid per day. While it’s true that caffeine is considered a diuretic, many people take that to mean that caffeinated beverages cause excessive water loss – but that’s not the case. People who are habitual coffee drinkers develop a tolerance to the effect, which means that caffeinated beverages are indeed hydrating. Plain coffee and tea are calorie-free and fine for hydration purposes. To make plain water more appealing, add a bit of flavor with a few chunks of fresh fruit or cucumber, or a few capfuls of Herbalife Nutrition Herbal Aloe Concentrate.