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Going on a Diet

Linda really wants to lose weight. She goes to the dietician to talk about how she can change her eating habits…

Dietician: Can you give me some information about your eating habits?

Linda: Well, I try to eat healthy foods during the day…but at night, I usually eat takeaways and some snacks before I go to bed.

Dietician: OK, and do you exercise regularly?

Linda: Well, not really... I rarely exercise...

Dietician: Do you like eating sugary foods?

Linda: Yes, I’m crazy about them… especially chocolate!  It’s the only thing that makes me happy.

Dietician: OK. Let’s prepare a list together. If you want to lose weight in a healthy way, you need to excercise regularly, eat more fruit and vegetables and cut out sugary snacks.

Linda: OK... Can you tell me what I need to eat and how much excercise I need to do every day?

Dietician. Yes, of course. For breakfast – try to eat eggs or cereal. For lunch - try to eat a healthy sandwich or a salad. For dinner - try to eat meat or pasta with vegetables. Also, try to exercise for 20 minutes every day. And no unhealthy snacks! I’ll write a plan for you...

Linda: OK, great! I’ll try my best. I’m not going to give up this time!

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Going on a Diet


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