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I started using your recipes when I began the Barry's Bootcamp workout DVDs back in May '08. I'm 45 years old, 4'11", and now weigh 140 lbs. I have a thyroid problem (hyper). My weight has been at 140 lbs for the past three months now, even though I am eating healthy. The good thing is I am still losing inches.

The amount of calories listed in my Dr. Gourmet Diet Plan is 2300 per day. Shouldn't it be less? I do Barry's workout at least 5 times a week (normally 6 times). This is what my exercise routine is: 21 minute upper or lower body workout, all 3 of the 12 minute specialist workouts, Belly Blaster workout at least 4 times a week and once a week I do the 1000 Calorie workout. I feel like I'm working my butt off but not seeing results in the weight department. Any suggestions?

Dr. Gourmet Says...

Congratulations on your progress. It sounds like you're doing a fantastic job.

It may be that you are eating too many calories. This could be because of the amount of exercise you are doing. By setting the calories at 2,000 calories (instead of "Let Dr. Gourmet Decide") and then possibly 1,800 calories you will get enough fuel but the calorie deficit will help you lose weight.

Using the Food Diary, Exercise Diary and Goal Tracker will let you see that calorie deficit on a daily basis. Your goal should be to burn about 300 - 500 calories per day more than you consume.

Timothy S. Harlan M.D.
Dr. Gourmet
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