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FAQs: V8® Healthy Weight Plan

Is the V8 Healthy Weight Plan suitable for anyone who wants to lose weight?

The V8 Healthy Weight Plan is intended for adults, excluding pregnant or breastfeeding women, or individuals with special medical needs. Adults are advised to consult with a physician before beginning any diet and/or exercise program.

How do I know how much I should weigh?

BMI (Body Mass Index) is a calculation based on height and weight that is used as a tool to place an individual into a weight category (underweight, healthy weight, overweight or obese). It is a useful measure of potential health risk associated with weight, but it is not the only tool that should be used for a comprehensive evaluation. Check out this website to calculate your BMI: http://www.nhlbisupport.com/bmi.

What is a reasonable weight loss goal?

If you are overweight or obese, losing 5-10% of your body weight in 6 months can have positive benefits on your health. Dr. Foreyt's Five Steps to a Healthier Dietary Lifestyle can help you to focus on the key elements that impact your eating habits and how to change them.

How quickly should I lose weight?

A safe rate of weight loss is 1-2 pounds per week. To lose 1 pound in a week you would need to trim 500 calories daily via diet and/or exercise.

What is USDA MyPyramid?

In 2005, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced a new version of the food pyramid, called MyPyramid. At mypyramid.gov you will find useful information to help you live a healthier life and be more active, as well as learn about your personal pyramid.

What makes V8® Juice a healthful beverage choice?

An 8 oz. serving of V8 Vegetable Juice provides 2 full servings of vegetables, while being an excellent source of Vitamin A and C and a good source of potassium, for 50 calories.

Which vegetables are found in V8® Vegetable Juice?

The vegetables in V8 vegetable juice are tomatoes, beets, carrots, spinach, celery, lettuce, parsley and watercress.

How many calories does the V8 Healthy Weight Plan provide per day? What if I need more calories?

The V8 Healthy Weight Plan is designed to provide approximately 1,200 calories per day. This should result in a healthy weight loss of 1-2 pounds per week for women under 165 pounds who do not exercise regularly. Men, heavier women, and those who exercise regularly generally require more calories. You can calculate your estimated calorie needs by visiting http://www.mypyramid.gov/mypyramid/index.aspx. If you need additional calories above 1,200 calories, follow the calorie boosters recommendations to increase your calorie intake for a healthy rate of weight loss. It is not advisable to restrict your intake below 1200 calories per day unless you are participating in a medically supervised program.

What if I find I am losing more than 2 pounds per week?

If, after the first week, you find that you are losing more than 2 pounds per week, you will need to add more food to your diet. To do so, increase your calorie level by 400 calories by following the new calorie level in the calorie boosters guide. If, after a week at this level, your weight loss is still too rapid, go up another 200 calories by adding the calorie boosters recommended at the new calorie level in the guide each day. Continue monitoring your weight loss weekly, and adding calorie boosters as needed until weight loss slows to a healthy rate. Keep in mind, gradual weight loss is more likely to be sustained.

Will the V8 Healthy Weight Plan meet all of my nutrient needs?

The V8 Healthy Weight Plan is a well balanced eating plan. To ensure you are meeting recommended daily amounts of essential nutrients, we recommend that you take a multivitamin and mineral supplement when following the V8 Healthy Weight Plan or any other weight loss plan. Be sure to check the "Supplement Facts" panel and select a product that provides no more than 100% of the Daily Value for vitamins and minerals. Please consult with your physician for additional information about other supplements.

Should I exercise when following the V8 Healthy Weight Plan?

Yes—regular exercise is an important part of a healthy lifestyle. Exercise burns calories and should help to increase weight loss. Sticking to a regular exercise program after losing weight has been found to be one of the key success factors for maintaining weight loss. For more information on physical activity, visit Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans. Simple ways to add more exercise into your busy day are parking farther away, whenever possible, and using stairs more often instead of an elevator/escalator. If you do not currently exercise, start slowly and gradually increase your duration. Be sure to pick an activity you enjoy! Consult your physician before beginning an exercise program.

What happens when I reach my goal weight?

You can visit MyPyramid Plan to find the appropriate calorie level for the new, lighter you! The V8 Healthy Weight Plan can be adapted for maintaining weight by adding more foods slowly until weight loss stops. Add 400 additional calories by following the recommended calorie boosters for the new calorie level to your daily diet for a week and see if your weight stabilizes. If you continue to lose weight, add 200 more calories to your daily diet by following the recommendations for calorie boosters at the new calorie level. Continue until your weight stabilizes.

Will I experience any discomfort if I significantly increase my fruit and vegetable intake?

When you increase your fruit and vegetable consumption you increase your fiber intake in your diet. This is unlikely to result in serious discomfort. If you experience significant discomfort, please consult with your physician. Increasing water consumption when slowly adding additional fiber sources can decrease discomfort associated with dietary fiber intake.

*Individual results will vary. Please see your physician or registered dietitian before starting any diet.