Q: I am working with a patient who seems to have reached a plateau with her weight loss. Based on her reported food intake and workout expenditure, I'm at a loss for her plateau. Please suggest ways to fight it. Tabassum
A: Dear Tabassum, I know it’s frustrating to reach a plateau. I suggest her to count her calories. She seems to be lacking on caloric count. She can use www.caloriecontrol.com for that purpose. Also, she should check her weight more than once in a week. And she can try to give up salt as it will reduce water-weight and also reduce carbohydrates and increase protein intake as it will push off plateau.
Weight loss problems
Q: I have been trying to lose weight for six years – I am 22 years old. Last time I had it checked my body fat was 27%, but I know I have gained weight since then. The main problem to all of this is that I don't eat veggies. Carrots, lettuce and corn are tolerable, but I just can't eat others. The same goes for fruits, although I love apple juice. I do take a vitamin supplement, but really want to start eating healthy. Help me please. Lubna
A: Dear Lubna, stick with fruits and vegetables smoothies with flaxseeds, Greek yogurt and protein powder. This will help to get the nutritional punch without stress. Use a combination of 2 to 3 or more fruits and vegetables.
Q: My mother is overweight, even though she is active 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 to help her lose weight. Shehnaz
A: Dear Shehnaz, you should read my blog on thyroid this week. Get her tested for TSH, free T3, free T4 and thyroid antibodies (TPO).
Q: I am 22 years old and my weight is 76kg. My height is 5ft and I look chubbier as I am not tall. Please suggest a diet plan to lose weight. Anonymous
A: Dear Anonymous, follow ketogenic diet for this purpose and exercise regularly. Ketogenic diet comprises of fats, protein, vegetables, nuts, seeds, diuretics such as green tea and organic dairy etc. All the best!
Healthy weight loss
Q: I recently started a weight loss programme and have changed my eating habits, within three weeks time. I drink two sometimes 1 and 1/2 litres of water a day and eat more chicken and veggies. I have lost 3kg in the first two weeks when I checked in with my nutritionist. Is this too much weight? I am not depriving myself from eating, I just make better choices. Please help! Sara
A: Dear Sara, it’s okay as you’re not taking enough carbs. Just try to drink water according to your body weight and needs. Evaluate your hydration levels by using Hydration Calculator on the internet.