Ask the Doctor – August 27, 2010

Q: I am attending my class reunion in a few months and would like to lose 20 pounds. Are there any safe ways to drop weight quickly?

A: Focus on what will allow you to eat the fewest calories while staying satiated, avoiding deprivation and giving you energy. Here are some suggestions:

  • Consume your first meal within an hour of getting up and avoid waiting longer than 4 to 5 hours between eating.
  • Limit protein to 6 ounces daily and consume 1 ounce of dairy at each main meal.
  • Drink at least 64 ounces of non-calorie beverage daily; water is preferred.
  • Consume at least 7 to 9 servings of fruits and vegetables per day.
  • Exercise 3 to 5 days weekly; cardio will burn more calories (100-200 per session) and works best when combined with resistance exercise.

Julie SchwartzJulie F. Schwartz, M.S., R.D.
Registered Dietician with the Emory Bariatric Center
The Emory Clinic/Emory Healthcare

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One Response to Ask the Doctor – August 27, 2010

  1. As we age weight reduction becomes more and more of an issue Muscle atrophy plays a big part in why it’s so hard to lose weight as we age because as we shed more and more muscle our metabolism slows.

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