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Q.

I've got to follow a low residue diet - help!

I have not been been recording my cals lately as not been well and have now been told by my consultant to go on a low residue diet which is low fibre. This screams to me as not healthy - white bread, no seeds, veg that is cooked well yuk. Any ideas because I do not want to pile on the pounds this is not a temporary diet I have got to do this for the foreseeable future HELP

A.

Our expert says...

Hi,

Thanks for your question.

You are right in saying that this sort of diet involves quite the opposite of what we would generally term 'healthy', however there is obviously a medical need for you to follow this diet, and ideally you should be under the care of a dietitian to support you. If this is not the case I would encourage you to speak to your GP and ask for a referral.

There is no reason why following this type of diet should mean you still can't lose weight and stick to a calorie allowance, but it may just mean that you are more limited in your food choices.

I have included a link to a document about low residue diets, but would stress this is only general information and you really should seek personalised support, particularly considering this diet is important for your medical needs.

http://www.gwh.nhs.uk/media/140811/low-residue_diet.pdf

I hope this helps.

Best wishes

Emma

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