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....

My mother is overweight and have no idea what to tell her to help.

I am writing to you because I have a little problem. My mother is overweight, even though she does activities and eats well (most of the time). I have no idea what to tell her that would help her out. This has been going on for a long time and I would really like...

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...

I am 45 pounds overweight. Should I track calories or fat grams?

I have heard many different opinions as to what to go by when trying to lose weight. I am about 45 pounds overweight and have finally started trying to lose some of it. Some people have told me to go by the number of calories in a product as to whether it is healthy...

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...

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...

What would happen if I ate the exact amount of calories to maintain my goal weight?

Does the excess weight an overweight person have the need to be supported? I am currently overweight going to Weight Watchers and do not understand what would happen if I ate the exact amount of calories to maintain my goal weight. I understand I am eating a little less than that, but what if...

What is your opinion about support groups? I belong to TOPS which is modeled after AA.

What is your opinion about support groups? I belong to an organization called TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) which is modeled after AA (Alcoholics Anonymous). It is non-profit and promotes no special diet - just group support. I found that this is the only way to control my eating and it is like Weight...

For weight loss, I drink 1 1/2 to 2 liters of water a day and lost six pounds in two weeks.

I recently started a weight loss program and have changed my eating habits within 3 weeks time. I drink 2 sometimes 1 1/2 liters of water a day, mostly chicken, and veggies. I lost 6 pounds the first two weeks when I checked in with my nutritionist. Is this too much weight? I am...

What suggestions do you have for helping me stick to this New Year’s Eve diet?

Every New Year's Eve I start a new diet. What suggestions do you have for helping me stick to this year's diet? Congratulations on your New Year's resolution to lose weight. Try the following suggestions. Work on incorporating as many of them as you can deal with at one time. Don't try to do all...

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