Fad Diet Alternatives
Fad Diet Alternatives
Andrea Giancoli (Registered Dietician ) gives expert video advice on: How many pounds per week should I lose for safe weight loss?; If I lose weight on a fad diet, how can I keep it off?; Is gastric bypass surgery a good way to lose weight? and more...
How many pounds per week should I lose for safe weight loss?
The general recommendation if you are trying to lose weight is to lose no more than one to two pounds a week. That gives your body a chance to adjust to the weight loss and also keeps you from flowing your metabolism down too much. You body has to have the opportunity to adapt to the weight loss. When we lose weight so quickly, your body often wants to go right back to that weight that you were once before. So if we do it slowly, the body has a chance to adapt to that new weight.
Is gastric bypass surgery a good way to lose weight?
With gastric bypass, you certainly can gain the weight back, depending on what you eat. I've talked to doctors that have done the gastric bypass surgeries and they have patients that weren't ready, and they'll start drinking milkshakes and other high calorie liquids to start to gain the weight back. Also, the stomach does start to expand a little bit after a gastric bypass and it can take more food in. If you're eating a lot of really small meals, all throughout the day, you can get those calories in.
Should my diet depend on how much weight I have to lose?
Depending on how much weight you have to lose, you still need to do it in a nutritionally balanced healthy way. If you have less weight to lose then it's going to take you less time than somebody that has more weight to lose. If you've got a lot of weight to lose then you've got to buckle down and realize that it's going to take some time to get that weight off. It took some time to put that weight on, and it's harder to get it off. It's going to take you longer than somebody that's just trying to lose 10 pounds, versus 50 or 60, or whatever it may be.
How does my body size affect my diet plan?
Taller people need more calories, and smaller people need fewer calories. Men have more calories than women. It's kind of not really fair, but they get to eat more. So it all depends on body size, your activity level, and your gender. And again, adopting a healthy, balanced eating lifestyle is the way to go.