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How can I lose weight while dealing with food allergies?

Laura Motosko, MSEd, RD
Nutrition & Dietetics

I recommend that you see a Registered Dietitian to evaluate your food allergies, evaluate your nutrition status and devise a meal plan to help you meet your weight loss goals and optimal nutrient intake.

Sarah Krieger
Nutrition & Dietetics
If weight loss is desired when a person is newly diagnosed with a food allergy, it may be best to set up a visit with a registered dietitian. An RD can help identify how many foods a person is eating that may contain the food allergen and then set up a menu or diet plan so the person can be successful with weight loss. Go to eatright.org to find an RD in your area.
Annette Duncan
Nutrition & Dietetics

That is not an easy answer. You will need to sit down with a Registered Dietitian (RD) to discuss your specific food allergies and devise a plan that will work for you. A Registered Dietitian will also be able to help you recognize and avoid "hidden" sources of food allergies while maximizing your nutrient intake.

Cassie Vanderwall
Nutrition & Dietetics

Individuals can lose weight while dealing with food allergies the same way as an allergy-free person. Energy in (food) must be less than energy out (exercise), in order to lose weight. It is best to visit a dietitian, in order to identify foods that are safe for you to eat. They can also help to create a meal plan that provides the right amount of energy to produce gradual and lasting weight loss.

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