How to reduce weight after chemotherapy?


Question from Luann: I gained 12 pounds during chemotherapy. I am continuing on this high vegetable/fruit, low amount of low lean meat diet; however I am now about 20-30 pounds heavier than I want to be. How do you recommend I reduce my weight?
Answers - Diana Dyer, M.S., R.D. I would start by asking for a referral to a registered dietician at your cancer center or through your primary physician; someone who can sit down with you and look at the big picture. Not just your recent weight gain, but your full medical history, eating patterns that might be lifelong, emotional factors that have to do with food intake that might be lifelong. And pull all of this together to help you develop strategies for realistic and reasonable strategies that are going to lead to weight loss.
Larissa Korde Exercise is an aspect of any healthy lifestyle and can contribute to weight loss, but starting any new exercise should be done in a staged program and with the help of a health professional.

On Tuesday, October 13, 2009, our Ask-the-Expert Online Conference was called Nutrition Through the Holidays. Diana Dyer, M.S., R.D. and Larissa Korde, M.D., M.P.H. answered your questions about what and how much to eat when holiday treats abound.

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