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A 25-year-old member asked:

could i lose weight and improve fitness simply by healthy eating without exercise?

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Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Family Medicine 31 years experience
Yes, but....: You can lose weight and improve fitness through healthy eating only, but, one loses all the benefits of exercise. This includes, better heart health, cholesterol, blood sugar, muscle tone, mental status, etc. Both exercise and healthy eating go hand-in-hand, with exercise being equally, if not more important.
Dr. Maritza Baez
Family Medicine 17 years experience
Minimal: Make sure you exercise at least 30 minutes a day, don't skip meals, avoid soda, juice, dairy, alcohol and fried foods. Eat a healthy well balanced diet! also water, organic vegetable broth, green leafy vegetables, natural pickles, apples are great to fill you up so you dont feel hungry and they are very low in calories.
Dr. Mario Matos-Cruz
Thoracic Surgery 39 years experience
More important than weight is percent body fat. Exersise will increase and maintain muscle mass while increasing your basal metabolic expenditure thus making it easier to mobilize and metabolize fat as fuel and help deplete the fat stores in the body. So even if the weight does not diminish that much, the person energy level,and body firmness will improve and the feeling of well being will keep up
Mar 10, 2012
Dr. John Thaler
Prosthodontics 41 years experience
No: You might lose weight, but only exercise will improve your fitness. You might be healthier, but not more fit.

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What are effective weight-loss exercises for an 11-year-old boy?

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Dr. Lisa Saponaro
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Moderate intensity: All children should be engaged in moderate to high intensity exercise for at least 1 hour of every day. Any exercise your 11 year old will participate in regularly is the best for him. Make sure it is something that keeps his heart rate going. While exercise promotes health and helps in weight loss, it is not enough without improved diet. Check out choosemyplate.Gov for nutritional guidance.
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Do detox diets really work for weight loss?

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Dr. Janet Greenhut
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No: The only thing that works for weight loss in the long term is eating less and being more physically active. Making temporary changes and then going back to usual eating habits will result in gaining back the weight you lost. Check out this site to learn about fad diets: http://www.Eatright.Org/public/.
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What are best ways to help kids develop lifelong healthy eating habits?

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Show by example: Show the child what to eat by setting an example of what you eat this is a long process of many months to years. The amount of exercise will also have to be included.
A member asked:

How can a pre diabetic person with BMI < 18 gain healthy weight? I have lost 5 lbs since diagnosis.

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Dr. Keegan Duchicela
Family Medicine 14 years experience
BMI is a guide...: And not necessarily an absolute measure of health. If you're doctor is saying you must gain weight because of your low bmi, then you should focus on eating lean, healthy proteins like fish, chicken and turkey, and doing some resistance exercise (weights, etc). If this is a big concern, i'd strongly recommend working with a nutritionist (along w. Your pcp)- they can be a big help.
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A 40-year-old female asked:

Why am I sometimes extremely dizzy after exercise? I work out frequently, eat well, drink more than 8x8 glasses of water a day.

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Can be other causes: Dizziness with exercise doesn't just happen with inadequate hydration. If a person is well hydrated, and still gets dizzy, her doctor can evaluate. Sometimes there are circulation problems, such as not enough blood flow to the brain under certain conditions or activities. There can be heart problems, or not enough red blood cells (anemia), etc...

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