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A 27-year-old male asked:

from a health and weight loss perspective, is it adviceable to drink water before a meal to reduce hunger (food intake). if yes, how many glasses?

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Dr. Seema Patel
Holistic Medicine 27 years experience
Losing weight: To lose weight, get ur resting metabolism rate done(weight loss centers do this). This determines the total number of calories you need to lose 1-2lbs/week. Decreasing 500cal/day will give you a 1lb wt loss in 1wk; drink water (1/2 your body weight), eat small meals about 150-200cal 2-4x/(depending on your metabolism rate) and 500cal/meal at night: lean protein/veggies; avoid carbs, .
Dr. James Shoemaker
General Practice 40 years experience
8-16 ounces: It is a good idea to hydrate yourself before meals--especially breakfast. Everything about digestion requires water: saliva, mucus, stomach acid, intestinal secretions, kidney function. It may help to fill your stomach so you are satisfied with less food, but mainly it satisfies the craving for water itself which many people misidentify as hunger. 8-16 ounces at a time is plenty.

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How many times per day should my baby eat, and how should I deal with any feeding problems?

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When they are hungry: As infants you should feed your baby whenever they are hungry. Generally this is every 2-3 hours. As they get bigger they will eat more with each feeding and the time between will lengthen. But even 3 and 4 mo babies will eat every 3 hours or so during the day. Count number of wet diapers if there are not 6-8 daily see your dr. If you are concerned about any feeding problems see your dr.
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A 21-year-old member asked:

I've had pain and problems with my low back for many years. What can I expect from myspine surgery?

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Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Family Medicine 31 years experience
Depends....: There are many types of back surgery for many different back conditions so answering specifically will be difficult; however, generally you can expect to be up and walking within 1-2 days after surgery. You'll also likely be limited in the amount of bending/twisting you are allowed to do, maybe even in a back brace. Pain/discomfort should be expected but diminishing. You may also have a catheter.
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Will the excess skin removed after weight loss surgery?

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Dr. Vasu Brown
Integrative Medicine 34 years experience
Yes: Yes the excess skin is removed after weight loss, we also try complex decongestive therapy - bandaging with multiple layers and foam bandages and if this not resorb and tonify the areas that are saggy then yes the surgery helps.

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