East Texans say Rush Limbaugh's diet isn't healthy

Published: Aug. 3, 2009 at 8:49 PM CDT|Updated: Aug. 4, 2009 at 4:10 PM CDT
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By Holley Nees - bio | email

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Rush Limbaugh doesn't let much slide, but now, he's letting go of his weight. Limbaugh is reportedly 90 pounds lighter after only six months on a diet that combines a low-calorie diet with office visits and supplements. It's a way that one East Texas dietician said is not practical.

"Diets that promote rapid weight loss I don't recommend because, for one thing, we don't gain weight rapidly," said Dietician at Memorial Health System of East Texas Tim Scallon. "If we gain weight gradually why should we expect to lose weight rapidly."

"It don't last," said Tessie Menefee. "You gain the weight back."

After losing 50 pounds on another rapid weight loss diet Menefee said they don't work.

"[I] gained it back so I started dieting again so I lost 21 pounds, but I'm doing it slower," Menefee said.

Before you rush into a diet like Limbaugh's Scallon has some advice you may want to consider.

"People who lose weight rapidly, they're unable to maintain the weight they lost and typically what happens is they gain back what they lost, plus a little more," Scallon said.

Scallon said a quick fix doesn't exist, you have to make a lifestyle change. Try exercising 30 minutes a day most days, drink water, build a support group, target fat in your diet by eliminating fried foods, replace whole dairy products with skim, choose fresh fruit instead of sweets, and only weigh weekly so you don't get discouraged because your weight can fluctuate from day to day. However, sometimes you have to just face reality.

"There's no glamorous product," Scallon said. "There's no one bullet that fixes everything. Unfortunately, life is just what it is and when we're overweight we have to first identify a realistic goal and then I work to get there."

Scallon said losing about one to two pounds per week is a healthy weight loss rate.

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