Ask Dr. Tarman

I’d like to be on a diet, but I can’t!
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RECOMMENDED DAILY SUGAR INTAKE? What’s the recommended daily sugar intake (in grams and calories)? Does it differ by adult/children, female/male, weight/height/BMI, ethnicity, and also weight loss goals? Answer
18, PREGNANT AND OVERWEIGHT! I am 18 years old and I don’t eat that much but I’m overweight. I weigh 260 and its really hard for me to breath and I can’t feel my heart sometimes. I am pregnant now so what can I do??? Answer
EVENING EATING? My wife eats one meal a day – usually dinner. She basically starves herself all day long. For breakfast she has coffee. For lunch she has a diet soda or 2 and then eats a regular dinner at about 7pm each day. She is very frustrated because even though she is starving herself she can’t lose weight. In fact she has gained 2 pounds in the past month. I’d like to be able to help her, but don’t know what to say or do. Answer
FOOD CRAVINGS? I’ve often heard women talk about “cravings” during pregnancy, but I often crave salty foods like chips. Not just a few chips will do, I will eat a whole bag. Is there something else I can do to get beyond this need for salt and carbs? Answer
HOW DO I STOP CRAVING JUNK FOOD? I want to bodybuild and have a nice body. However I eat a lot of junk food but want to stop it now. However i do not know where to start. Can you advise me how to do it? Answer
HOW CAN I TELL IF I’M ADDICTED TO FOOD? How can I tell if I’m addicted to food, or just enjoy eating? Are all people who enjoy eating “addicts”? Answer
MEDICATIONS AND WEIGHT GAIN? My husband quit smoking nine months ago after 45 years of addiction. Now I think he has replaced cigarettes with food. I try to make sure that he is eating a healthy diet, he has a good breakfast and I pack his lunch with nutritious foods. He doesn’t always eat everything I give him but he is eating normally. The problem starts after supper. He will usually leave a little on his plate, but whether he eats it all or leaves some he always claims he is full. Within 30 minutes, sometimes less, he is looking for something to eat and will continue that until bedtime. He use to get up every 30 or 40 min and go out for a smoke, now he gets up looking for food, and it is always bad food. I don’t buy junk food or sweets – he is overweight and tired and sore most of the time – but he will and gets upset if I question what he is eating. I am so happy he quit smoking but I think he is still addicted. How can I help him? Answer
DEPRIVATION & FOOD ADDICTION I am not sure if I am a food addict. If I set my mind to it, I am able to stop eating after a couple of cookies. I don’t usually obsess about food. But I do when I am on a diet. I end up feeling deprived. Then I crave food more than usual. I eventually end up ‘falling off the wagon’. Does this mean that I am a food addict? I need to loose weight – but how do I do this without feeling deprived?
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Dr. Tarman does not do individual food addiction consultations,Thanks.