I lost weight, but as soon as the diet was over I had not learned how to eat right so I gained all the weight back plus some.

Thank you so much for writing me back! That is very nice of you. I really could use a healthy lifestyles counselor, but first of all, I am poor, albeit not starving, college student and I can't afford one (when I looked for one, they cost $300-500). Two, I would not know how to go...

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...

I’m 230 pounds and interested in joining the Optifast program.

I'm 230 pounds, 5 feet 8 inches and I'm interested in joining the "Optifast" program. My only problem is that I hear that it's very costly. ($300 initial fee; $120 per week ) I live in New York City and I was wondering if all the participating doctors charge the same rate? How would...

If I am eating healthy and working out, why am I not losing weight?

If a person is eating healthy and working out... what is the reason that they might not be losing weight? Your weight is determined by the calories in the food you eat minus the calories your body expends keeping itself running plus activities and exercise. In order to lose 1 pound per week, you must...

What is obesity?

What is obesity? Obesity is a medical diagnosis that describes a condition where you weigh 20% more than the maximum you should for your age and gender. Obesity is a risk for getting diabetes, heart disease, and some cancers. Obese kids are more likely to be obese adults. For instance, if you are 10-year old girl...

It’s time for a HELP diet reboot.

Thank you for your reply!!! You are correct. I stuck with the HELP diet for several years, but as time went by, several of my good habits started being forgotten. Now, it seems, I'm doing nothing but eating frozen pizzas and other carb and/or protein heavy foods. So, it's time for a reboot. The thing I...

Is peanut butter fattening?

Is peanut butter fattening? It seems that whenever I eat it I gain weight. No, peanut butter by itself is not fattening and one of my favorite foods. It does have some peanut oil in it which is a healthy oil and some protein. One tablespoon of peanut butter is comparable to the calorie content...

I recently lost 35 pounds and would like to start eating a more balanced diet.

I've recently lost 35 pounds on a 60-gram protein and 30-gram carbohydrate (daily) diet. I am quite satisfied with the results, but now I would like to start eating a more balanced diet. How much weight should I expect to gain on the high carbohydrate, low-fat diet that's recommended by the RDA? Currently, I...

Have you heard of the American Medical Association endorsed 3 day diet?

Have you heard of the American Medical Association endorsed 3-day diet? Do you know how I could find out about it? No, I haven't heard about the AMA 3-day diet. You could search the AMA website to find what the diet entails. If anyone has the details, please write. Lastly, I wonder what could be accomplished...

From a MD nutritionist, I had hoped for a more progressive approach to obesity than drug therapy.

I am 40 years old, 5 feet 4 inches tall and weigh 267 pounds. I have been extremely overweight since youth and have made many weight loss efforts. One particularly "effective" diet was a high protein/low carbohydrate diet. Ten years ago, I lost 120 pounds in about 14 months but it took less than...

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