Get Rid Of Those Last Pounds


Q: I am approximately 20 pounds overweight and have a body mass index (BMI) of 25. I eat a low-calorie diet (under 2,000 calories a day) and have tried eating even lower amounts. I exercise daily with either weights or cardio, but I cannot lose the remaining weight. What do you suggest?

A:  I would try keeping a daily food log — write down calorie for calorie what you are eating, measuring food and estimating calorie intake with a good calorie counting book. If your daily intake is less than 2,000 calories and you are not losing weight, you may need to lower your calorie intake to 1,200 per day.You need to become aware of what you are eating (and how many calories that adds up to) in order to come to grips with what you can realistically eat on a daily basis and still lose weight. Many people are in your camp, including myself. I cannot believe how little I can eat and not lose weight. It can be disappointing, but you have to remember that it is not your fault, especially when you are doing the best you can. We live in a society where technology allows us to exercise less, yet the food industry is geared toward getting us to eat more. Sixty-four percent of Americans are overweight and so most of us have this issue. But the good news is that you can lose weight if you are motivated. Another strategy would be to see a weight-loss specialist at an academic medical center near you. There are medications and low-calorie diets available to help you lose weight.


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