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Dietitian Q/A

Because of the contents of some questions and the large number we receive, the MUSC Dietitians only answer selected questions. Although we discourage questions regarding personal health problems, scheduling an appointment with the outpatient dietitian to address these concerns is encouraged. Appointments can be made after a physician referral is received.

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 Question:  Hello, My name is XXXX and I am currently a sophomore at XXX. I began severely restricting my diet around November of last year (I started the school year at 120lbs, was 130lbs when I began restricting and got to 115lbs..I am 5'7"). This carried on until May and there were timea when I would even b/p. This lasted 6 months or so and then I decided to end it, and deal with recovery weight. I do not know my current weight because I have stayed away from the scale (a guess would be 140), however I am now at a good point where I can began to try and lose that extra weight the right way. My question is: is this possible, or have I ruined my metabolism? If it is possible, what is the best way to lose this weight? Thankyou!


You can still lose weight! There are some basic things you can do to get started losing weight in a healthy manner:
1) Eat lots of vegetables and aim for about 2-3 servings of fruit a day
2) Select whole grain/whole wheat foods over refined grains
3) Get at least 30 minutes of moderate level activity 3 times a week
4) Limit sodas, sweets and other sugary foods as treats
5) Aim for 3 meals daily with 1-2 snacks

It would probably be best if you saught out a registered dietitian that has expertise in eating disorders as well. They can help you set up a healthy meal plan and work with you to avoid a relapse of your eating disorder.

Answered: 09/13/2012

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