Dr. Dolgoff offers advice to a Facebook friend and viewer



Hi Robin. My name is Joanna Dolgoff, M.D. and I am a pediatrician and child obesity specialist.  I am sorry to hear about your complications related to your gastric bypass surgery, but am so happy to hear how motivated you are to make healthy choices, live a healthy lifestyle, and be an excellent role model for your kids.  It is so great that your are encouraging your kids to engage in regular physical activity. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends a 60 minutes of vigorous exercise most days of the week. This would be a great goal to set for your kids.

In terms of diet, the bottom line is that you need to find a diet that works for you and your kids, one that you can live with.  I have provided the following recommendations that may help you and your kids lead a healthy lifestyle in light of their struggles with their medical conditions.

Eat breakfast: Many people make the mistake of skipping breakfast, this commonly results in a sluggish metabolism and decreased energy stores until you eat next. In the case of many people,this is lunch time. To compensate for skipping breakfast they may eat a very large lunch, which will result in further slowing the metabolism and making the individual feel drowsy and sluggish. DO not think there s not time for breakfast- there is. Whether you have to get out of bed ten minutes earlier or opt for a quick and easy breakfast option such as cereal or a breakfast bar;breakfast is essential in controlling your metabolism.

Drink water: In order to optimize your diet and lose weight it is essential to drink sufficient amount of water each day. Most people drink insufficient amounts of water in a day. This has the negative effect of making the person feel as if they are hungry, resulting in them eating unnecessarily. This introduces extra energy into the body which is consequently stored as fat. Ensure you drink plenty of water to avoid unnecessary energy intake.

Eat plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables. Sticking to the basics will ensure you eat sufficient healthy food for normal functions, and will ensure you limit any fats in your diet.

Select lean meat: Replace any fatty cuts of meats with lean cuts. Ensure you remove all visible fat or remove the skin form chicken. Avoid sausages, salami, and other processed meats as these tend to be very high in fat.

Select skim/trim/reduced fat dairy:Dairy products are high in fat and thus high in energy. Consuming full cream dairy products will only result in unnecessary energy being introduced into the diet. Opting for skim, trim or reduced fat milks, cheeses and yoghurts will ultimately result in a decrease in overall energy in the diet, thus making weight loss easier.

The Red Light Green Light Eat Right program has helped thousands of children and adults alike with similar situations.  If you have nutritional concerns regarding yourself or your children, please feel free to contact us anytime at redlightgreenlighteatright@gmail.com.


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