Will a diet plan help me lose weight?

ask our dietitian your question todayhow to lose 100 pounds


Hello, my name is Carlos M. and I am a member of LA Fitness here in Memphis, TN. I have signed up for the personal training for the next 12 months. I was instructed to email you in order to get direction or coaching on how many calories I should be eating during my journey to lose weight. I am told I need to create a deficit but do not know where to start. I am 270 lbs. and want to lose 100 lbs. in the next 12 months.
Also need to know what foods to eat as far as nutrients are concerned to help facilitate a weight loss. Thanks. – Carlos M.


Yes, you need a deficit to lose weight, though eating “less” and exercising “more” may be a bit vague. The true amount of calories you’ve been eating and burning may dictate a specific range but you can use the following if those are unknown.

Generally overweight men need about 20-25 calories per kilogram per day for maintenance. For you that’s (270 lbs / 2.2) 122 kg x 20 = 2455 calories daily. For weight loss subtract 500 calories, making it 1955 calories. Add 200 more if you are under 30 years old and subtract 200 if you are over 50 years old. Once you’re near your goal weight of 170 pounds, use the 25 calories per kg factor (77.3 kg x 25 = 1932 calories).

The best foods for you are going to be bulky, satisfying and high-nutrient value.  That means a lot of roughage, lean protein, healthy plant fats and produce. How about a spinach salad (+ any veggies you wish) topped with salmon, white beans, pine nuts and tossed with an avocado-cilantro dressing? Or consider a hearty soup of reduced-fat clam chowder, potatoes, celery and onions. Perhaps a two-egg omelet with peppers and ham served with salsa and a slice of rye toast? This favorite makes good use of leftovers – a light sauté of chicken, carrots, onion, broccoli and sprouts atop a small scoop of brown rice with a sprinkle of crushed peanuts.

Try taking the foods you already enjoy and modifying them to be more healthy. A three-slice heavily cheesed or stuffed crust pizza can be replaced by two slices of Neapolitan style with a side salad. A large chorizo breakfast burrito can be swapped out in favor of lighter huevos rancheros on baked corn tortillas, hold the sausage and bacon. A dessert of apple pie a la mode can be replaced by a baked apple, scoop of frozen yogurt and topped with a sprinkle of granola.

It’s in such substitutions that you’ll find you are eating less… as long as you’re not adding calories elsewhere! Watch those sports drinks and energy bars now that you’re working out.

– Debbie J., MS, RD

Check out some of our other articles right here at LIVING HEALTHY for more tips on reducing body fat percentage.

Do you have a question about your diet or nutrition? Ask our dietitian by submitting your question to nutrition@lafitness.com or simply ask it in the COMMENTS section below.

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Debbie James is a registered dietitian. Any views or opinions presented in this article are solely those of the author and do not necessarily represent the opinions or recommendations of Fitness International, LLC.

Posted on September 3, 2015, in Ask Our Dietitian, Health, Helpful, LA Fitness Blog - Living Healthy, Nutrition, Weight Loss and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. I’m lost 23 lbs but I need to lost 20 lbs more. But stop lost, I’m going to the gym 3 times in the week, one day work with the trainer (register program 12 months ). I am doing my diet, what happen?

  2. Hi LA Nutrition..
    I am a 57 year old woman, been working out diligently since February..building up my cardio, weights and strength training. Have signed up with a personal trainer since March and little by little I am building muscle but I am not losing weight yet.
    I eat a healthy diet, no junk but find the pounds are not coming off. Is there something you can recommend…should I be tracking my food intake, adding more to my work out? I am not getting discouraged..I love my workout regimen…just wasn’t certain what and if I should be doing something differently. Please advise….
    thank you!

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