Weight Control

Many people want to lose a few pounds or get in better shape. Just because you are on a low-Phe diet does not mean you can’t lose weight, but you may have more things to consider. You may need to increase the amount of formula you drink, or add some healthy low-Phe snacks.

Some people mistakenly think that if they cut the formula from their diet, they will lose more weight as it will reduce their calorie intake. The opposite is actually true! 

Studies show, particularly for women, that those who don’t drink their formula or who have high Phe levels are more likely to be overweight or obese. 

Prepare your diet plans and take them to your clinic. Your dietician can help ensure you are getting enough calories, Phe, and nutrients to maintain your Phe levels in a healthy range while reducing your weight.  Here are some tips to help from an interview with Laurie Bernstein, MS RD FADA, Associate Professor and Director of the Metabolic Diseases Clinic at Children's Hospital Colorado:

  • Add one fruit or vegetable to the beginning of each meal and use them as snacks
  • Don't skip meals!  Eating something small will help jump-start your metabolism.
  • Talk to your clinic about increasing your formula intake when trying to lose weight.  Reducing your calorie intake can cause Phe levels to go up, so increasing your formula may actually balance this.

To see the complete interview with Laurie, CLICK HERE

Exercise is an important part of everyone’s weight loss plans. You will be more likely to achieve your exercise goals if you choose an exercise plan that you enjoy. Mix it up a bit—you don’t have to do the same thing every day.

Use this worksheet to get organized to get in shape! CLICK HERE

Teens also have many questions on how to manage their diet and be competitive in sports.  Your clinic can help you with this.  Here are also some tips from John, a former football player for Franklin & Marshall College. CLICK HERE