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Losing Weight

Devon gives Todd advice on how to shed a few pounds.
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Todd: Devon, I've been putting on a few pounds and you're quite a lean fit guy.

Devon: Well, thank you.

Todd: What do you recommend? What can I do to lose weight?

Devon: Well, I exercise a lot. I go running at least three times a week. More than that, I enjoy playing sports. Different sports use different muscles and all of it helps to lose that weight that you might have gained.

Todd: Yeah. Actually, one of the problems is that I actually exercise a lot.

Devon: Do you?

Todd: Yeah, so maybe it's my diet.

Devon: It could be and so in that case you might want to eat something perhaps more nutritious or maybe even less of what you do eat. Maybe, I eat three meals a day and I try not to snack in between. No potato chips. No popcorn. No candy bars.

Todd: That's pretty tough!

Devon: It is tough but......Well, I must admit that I cheat every once in awhile but...

Todd: Ok, I'll give it a try. Actually, you see my problem is that I like junk food. I have to choose, either I eat less or I eat a better diet. What do you think is more important?

Devon: I think that if you are exercising then you should just eat what you want and eat less.

Todd: Eat less. OK. This is going to be tough.

Devon: Well, I have no doubt that you will do the best that you can.

Todd: Alright! Thanks a lot Devon.

Learn vocabulary from the lesson!

put on (pounds)

I've noticed that I've been putting on a few pounds.

To 'put on' pounds is to increase your weight.  You can also say put on weight. Notice the following:

  1. She put on pounds after her first child.
  2. It's easy to put on pounds when you don't exercise.

lose weight

Playing sports helps to lose the weight that you might have gained.

To 'lose weight' is to decrease your weight.  Notice the following:

  1. She lost a lot of weight when she started this job.
  2. Are you trying to lose weight?


I eat three meals a day and I try not to snack in between.

To 'snack' is to eat food between the normal meals of breakfast, lunch and dinner.  Notice the following:

  1. We should buy some food to snack on.
  2. Some people think it's better to snack than eat big meals.

junk food

Actually, my problem is that I like junk food.

'Junk food' is food that is not nutritious or very bad for us to eat.  It is usally high in fat, sugar or salt.  Notice the following:

  1. She almost never eats junk food.
  2. What kind of junk food do you like?


I think having to eat less is going to be tough.

Something that is 'tough' to do is difficult. Notice the following:

  1. The final exam is really tough.
  2. It's tough to go to school and have a job.

Vocabulary Quiz

put on • lose weight • snacks
junk food • tough
  1. Chips, soda and cookies are all .
  2. My new workout routine is really .
  3. She a lot when she's bored.
  4. He wants to this year because he has gotten fat.
  5. It's not that hard to , start with a few pounds.
Answer the following questions about the interview.

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