I’d like to know more about “The maximum weight loss currently recommended is two pounds per week”.

Thanks so much for you Ask the Dietitian® page. The sections on weight loss have been particularly interesting to me. I do have a question, though! Although you touch on this a bit in your Overweight page, I'd like to know more about the statement "The maximum weight loss currently recommended is 2-pounds per week....

If I can begin eating at a calorie level close to normal I may be able to lose weight slowly as I am active.

Thanks, Joanne for a quick and helpful answer. I did check again without estimating activity levels. This seems to be what other answers have been based on. I didn't realize that activity made such a difference. I am quite active, so if I can begin eating at a calorie level that is closer to...

I am overweight and need a 1200 calorie diet.

I am overweight and a need 1200 calorie diet. Please send a copy to me. Weight loss eating plans are not a one size fits all. I would highly recommend you contact a Registered Dietitian for assistance. In the meantime, try my HELP Healthy Eating For Life Plan® for a personalized eating plan based on...

I can prevent weight gain by eating better. Do you have simple tips?

I know that I can prevent weight gain by eating better. Do you have some simple tips that will help me? What to eat - No magic food causes weight loss and no food is inherently fattening. Eat a variety of foods from meat, legumes, dairy, grains, fruits, vegetables and a 1 tp 2...

Tell me about glucagon and how it relates to weight loss.

I was hoping you could tell me a little about glucagon and how or if it relates to weight loss. I heard in a lecture recently that it works against insulin and helps people to lose weight. Is there any truth to this? Could you just give me a little more information about it and...

Do you know of any specialists who work with bulimics?

My girlfriend was bulimic for several months. She used laxatives. It is now 2 or 3 years later and she is having stomach problems. She is lactose intolerant, which may complicate the matter. Last May she became severely constipated, which was extremely painful. After seeing a gastroenterologist for several months there was no solution...

I don’t want to be ill or anything, but the idea of being fat makes me think that I’d like to control my weight forever.

Thank you for responding so quickly and for your answers. I plan on seeing a doctor soon. You prompted me, though, to ask questions about my eating habits. I don't really talk about it, because I am pretty knowledgeable about eating disorders. I understand that it is a mental illness and that the "eating" part...

My wife broke her hip and ever since she has been underweight.

My wife fell and broke her hip 2 years ago. Ever since then she has been underweight. She only weighs around 94 pounds. When I try to sneak in larger portions, she notices it and leaves some. I can't get her to eat more. Do you have any suggestions? She can't walk very far...

Can you explain ketosis to me?

Can you explain ketosis to me? When people eat fewer than 900 calories, any food eaten including protein and fat is broken down into glucose to provide fuel for the body. Protein and fat are very expensive fuels. You can only convert 70% of the protein and 30% of the fat to glucose. The nitrogen...

Could you please tell me how many calories are in one teaspoon of sugar?

Could you please tell me how many calories are in one teaspoon of sugar? Many thanks. In one level teaspoon of sugar has 16 calories and 4 grams of carbohydrate. One rounded teaspoon has 1 1/2 teaspoons and 24 calories with 6 grams of carbohydrate. Depends on how you measure one teaspoon i.e. measuring spoon...