I heard some foods that use more calories to digest than they contain.

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I am quite sure that you are flooded with a million requests a day and I would like to thank you ahead of time if you manage to find the time to attend to my request.

I am a young healthy woman who is getting ready to get married and has gained a few pounds (7) since first buying my wedding gown. I do not feel the need for a full-blown diet, but I have heard about some certain foods that use more calories to digest than they contain, making minimal weight loss easier.

If you find the time in your busy schedule could you e-mail me a list of these foods so that I may lose these few pounds? Thanks again for your time and valued expertise.

Congratulations on your upcoming wedding!

There are few foods that use more calories to digest than they contain (ice water and celery are 2), but they wouldn’t contribute to weight loss since there are no calories in water and very few in celery. You can easily lose 7 pounds in the next 4 months or even 2 months by gradually reducing calories and increasing exercise. Make it a lifetime commitment to a healthy weight.

You did not say what your height and weight are so I can’t comment on whether or not weight loss would be advised for you, but you seem to have a compelling reason – a wedding dress that you don’t want to alter.

Perhaps you should make an appointment to see a Registered Dietitian who could assess your weight and create a healthy eating plan that would include your food preferences and time schedule. You could also discuss how to deal with the pre-wedding parties that could contribute additional weight gain.

In the meantime, have you tried my HELP Healthy Eating For Life Plan®? Using your food preferences for the type of milk, meat, beans, and snacks, HELP will create a personalized healthy eating plan that you can follow to lose the few pounds you gained and for a lifetime. If you are unsure of how many calories to eat, try my Healthy Body Calculator® which will estimate a Calorie Goal based on your physical data and weight loss goal of 1 to 2-pounds a week.