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A 40-year-old member asked:

how much sleep do i need per night to manage my weight?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
A good 8 hours: Getting 8 hours of sleep a night is a good thing. A person becomes well rested and less stressed. Many people eat or snack when under stress, so less stress can lead to fewer calories eaten. When people try to stay up to study or work, they often eat or drink to keep themselves stimulated and alert... leading to more calories eaten. Staying up watching TV and eating popcorn also adds calories!
Dr. Pablo Cuevas
Prosthodontics 35 years experience
8 hours or more: Sleeping is so vitally important for good health. It is when we recharge our battery and it enables us to thrive. Lack of good consistent sleep can not only be dangerous to our body ( high blood pressure, depression, anxiety) but to others. Good sleeping habits allow your body to function at its peak and burn calories efficiently.

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A 39-year-old member asked:

Is fasting for three days a healthy way to lose weight?

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Dr. Michael Rothman
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This is NG: Eat foods that are nutrient dense (like meat, fish, poultry, eggs, cheese, low starch vegatables and water) avoid foods that are not nutrient dense (like starches and sugars, including fruit) nutrient dense foods will increase your basal metabolic rate. On the other hand, starches and sugars impair thyroid metabolism via affects on your liver (which helps activate thyroid hormone).
A 43-year-old member asked:

What's the ideal weight for a 21yr old female who is 5'5"?

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I need to lose some weight I weight 217 lb im 5/6 tall 47yrs?

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Dr. Luis Villaplana
Internal Medicine 35 years experience
First and foremost: Please believe me, there are no shortcuts. Consult with your doctor, have an examination and make sure you are healthy enough to exercise. Concentrate on one goal at a time. First- breakfast every day, no excuses. Next, a bit of walking every day, even if it's just 5-10 mins. Increase every week or two by 5-10 mins. Then, cut down on the bedtime goodies, especially sweets and carbs. On your way!
A 30-year-old female asked:

#why does methadone make u gain weight?

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Dr. Bac Nguyen
Family Medicine 23 years experience
It should not: Opinates/narcotics in general don't have weight-gain as a side effect. They actually can suppress appetite a bit and people may lose wt while on these meds. For some, taking Methadone may allow the person to return to normal functioning (ie the person was doing drugs) which may including working, socializing/eating more and thus wt gain. Consult doc as u may have thyroid problem now. Good luck.
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A member asked:

I lay on my floor and couch could there be something biting me at night while I sleep?

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Dr. Nela Cordero
Pediatrics 54 years experience
DUST MITES: There is always something to bite you if you are not in your bed. Dust mites from the floor, small spiders, ants, bed bugs, insects and mosquitoes.

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