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Can you suggest tips on female weight loss and bodybuilding?

Can you suggest tips on female weight loss and bodybuilding?

Cardio Mix: The best way to lose weight is cardio and a balanced diet. However, do not always do the same exercise or you will increase your risks for stress injuries. Mix things up with running, biking, swimming, or circuit training. Ultimately you need to burn more than you consume. Exercises such as crunches, planks, sit-ups, etc are good for toning the abdominal muscles, but cardio is best for weight loss. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Losing Weight (Definition)

Many people resolve to lose weight in the New Year for different reasons. For those who are overweight or obese, there are many health benefits to losing weight. It can help decrease your chances of developing diseases including diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, osteoarthritis, and even certain types of cancer. Low-calorie diets combined with increased physical activity are thought to be most effective long term. The healthiest weight loss regimen, therefore, is one that consists of making lifestyle changes that incorporate a balanced diet ...Read more


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How successful is weight loss for IIH? I’ve had it for 3 years now. Diamox helped papilodema but not pressure. 87kg 170 female. Will weight loss work?

How successful is weight loss for IIH? I’ve had it for 3 years now. Diamox helped papilodema but not pressure. 87kg 170 female. Will weight loss work?

Weight loss helps: Your body mass index is 30, which is above normal. Weight loss is an important strategy among obese patients with idiopathic intracranial hypertension. Lower weight is associated with decreased risk of severe visual loss. Weight loss is associated with improvement in marked papilledema, and a discontinuation of treatment that is probably related to overall improvement. ...Read more

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I have pain along the left jawline extending up to my ear with slight alteration of hearing, v tender.25y/o female smoker weight loss & cough blood 1yr?

I have pain along the left jawline extending up to my ear with slight alteration of hearing, v tender.25y/o female smoker weight loss & cough blood 1yr?

Can't diagnose it on: The basis of just those few symptoms, but pain and tenderness in that area, with ear involvement, plus coughing up blood can relate to a serious bacterial infection. You need to be seen and examined by a health professional asap, and get real advice from a physician who can actually see you and get what tests are needed to determine what the problem is and how to fix it. ...Read more

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37 year old female with unexplained weight loss and fatigue. What could it be?

37 year old female with unexplained weight loss and fatigue. What could it be?

Seek medical care: The symptoms which you describe can pertain to many things. Fatigue (tired) can be the result of anything from lack of sleep to imbalance of hormones to infectious/inflammatory processes and so much more. Coupled with weight loss, you could have a more serious condition than aforementioned. It is advisable you seek medical care. ...Read more

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22 Female w/unintentional weight loss the last few months, loss of appetite, GFR of 84, GERD for 3 years, and irregular bowel movements. Ideas? Thanks

22 Female w/unintentional weight loss the last few months, loss of appetite, GFR of 84, GERD for 3 years, and irregular bowel movements. Ideas? Thanks

Challenging in 400: Characters! My first question, why do you know your GFR? Estimated GFR from serum creatinine? It is actually not too uncommon for people to have reflux and irritable bowel at the same time. Both dysfunctions of the GI system. Would be uncommon for symptoms of GERD to be so severe as to cause anorexia and weight loss. Then, why low GFR? This can only be sorted out by detailed eval in person by Doc! ...Read more

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21 yr old female, hair and weight loss, fatigue, irritated scalp, anxiety, high stress, irregular periods, mood swings, thin spots?

21 yr old female, hair and weight loss, fatigue, irritated scalp, anxiety, high stress, irregular periods, mood swings, thin spots?

Multiple poss,: Whatever the issue, stress may be resulting in or adding to the issue. Alopecea areata is hair loss that can be caused by stress, get on some zantac (ranitidine) 150mg. If no medical reason is found, and often there isn't (adrenal insufficiency, thyroid, autoimmune dz) then Mirtazapine is a great drug for insomnia, appetite and mood/anxiety. It works well in those with your profile but you need to be seen. ...Read more

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32 yr old female. 40 lb weight loss, tailbone pain for 7 months, heavy rectal pressure, change in bowel habits. Possible colon cancer?

32 yr old female. 40 lb weight loss, tailbone pain for 7 months, heavy rectal pressure, change in bowel habits. Possible colon cancer?

Colon cancer: 32 F. 40 lb weight loss, tailbone pain for 7 months, heavy rectal pressure, change in bowel habits. Possible colon cancer? ANS: Possible but not likely at your age unless you have strong FH of colon CA. I would tell y0ur Dr and have stool checked for blood and have rectal exam and then colonoscopy. Keep me posted. ...Read more

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Why am I having trouble with weight loss? I am female.

Why am I having trouble with weight loss? I am female.

What is your "net"?: Weight loss is a very nebulous term; 10 lbs of fat loss but 10 lbs of muscle gain nets you no weight loss but better health. A better measure is size (however it is less precise) or an accurate measure of body fat percentage (underwater weighing or bioelectrical impedance, but not calipers.) type of exercise, diet, metabolism, thyroid function, and medications all play a role with your troubles. ...Read more

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For 57+ female, can reduction in FBS (91 -> 87) cause weight loss (71 -> 68.9 kg) in 2-months?

For 57+ female, can reduction in FBS (91 -> 87) cause weight loss (71 -> 68.9 kg) in 2-months?

FBS 91 & 87 the same: Also given standard scale 71 and 69 are not very different in 2 month period. Depends on stooling time relative to test, and on level of hydration. The FBS estimates are the same w/i accuracy of these machines. ...Read more

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I am female and my weight is 175 lb. What should I do for my weight loss and what type of food I take?

I am female and my weight is 175 lb. What should I do for my weight loss and what type of food I take?

Small frequent meals: A diet that is high in protein, high on fiber and low in carbohydrates can help. You don't say how tall you are, but a rule of thumb for a woman is 1000 calories if you are 5 feet tall, plus another 50 calories for every inch above that, plus another 20% if you do some exercise. That's to maintain weight. To lose weight, subtract 100-200 calories from the total. ...Read more

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A healthy food schedule for weight loss? 21 female 5^2 about 210 pounds. Weight loss goal (90 pounds) want to loose 30-40 within 2-3months

A healthy food schedule for weight loss? 21 female 5^2 about 210 pounds. Weight loss goal (90 pounds) want to loose 30-40 within 2-3months

NO!: Do not lose weight that quickly - you will get it back quickly. Lose 30-40 pounds a year, and over 2-3 years you will have your family and friends very impressed! ...Read more

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I am a 23 yr old female, 5'1" 139 lbs. I recently lost 20 lbs. I was wondering what an ideal weight is to aim for on my weight loss journey.

I am a 23 yr old female, 5'1" 139 lbs. I recently lost 20 lbs. I was wondering what an ideal weight is to aim for on my weight loss journey.

You decide: Ideal weight" charts are based on fallacies. If we believed them, then most triathletes would be "underweight" and most professional football players -- fantastic athletes -- would be "overweight." your ideal weight is whatever looks and feels right to you and enables you to perform your chosen sport (s) best. ...Read more

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How to loose weight while having saggy skin frm previous weight loss? Age 23 female.

How to loose weight while having saggy skin frm previous weight loss? Age 23 female.

Eat fewer calories: Helpful weight loss diets have natural foods that take time to chew but contain few calories. Examples include carrots, celery, and leafy lettuce (little or no salad dressing). When shopping for fruits, buy small ones no bigger than a tennis ball, because fruits have sugar. Drinks without calories include water and green tea. A calorie is a calorie but surely avoid sugar or simple starch calories. ...Read more

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Which hgh is for weight loss for female and what other salt we can use with hgh for weight loss?

Which hgh is for weight loss for female and what other salt we can use with hgh for weight loss?

Hold your horses: B"sd research NOT on your side:
Interest in using HGH for weight loss stems from a 1990 New England Journal of Medicine study that showed injections of synthetic HGH resulted in 8.8% gain in muscle mass and 14% loss in body fat without any change in diet or exercise. Although this study appeared to be promising, many later studies have shown no such benefit.

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For 57+ female, does change in FBS 103 -> 91 thru diet changes result in weight loss 75 -> 70 kg over 6-months?

For 57+ female, does change in FBS 103 -> 91 thru diet changes result in weight loss 75 -> 70 kg over 6-months?

Wt loss->lower sugar: I am not 100% sure I am reading this question correctly, if you have changed your diet & exercise & lost 5 kg (11 pounds) over six months that is great & could easily have lead to your controlling your fasting blood sugar. This is great and you should continue to take care of yourself. If you are asking could a sugar change cause wt loss that is diff & requires eval for unexplained wt loss. ...Read more

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What is the perfect weight-loss diet-plan for a female teenager?

What is the perfect weight-loss diet-plan for a female teenager?

Teens and weight: Please check in with your doctor to review your growth chart and see if you are overweight or not. It is important to know what is a good weight range for your height and bone structure. No two people are the same, so you may weigh more than a friend but be fine because you're taller! If your doctor says your weight is in a good range for your body, no weight loss is needed. Eat healthy & exercise! ...Read more

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Hello, I'm female 5'5 and weigh 236. I wanted to know if eating 1000 calories is safe for weight loss.

Hello, I'm female 5'5 and weigh 236. I wanted to know if eating 1000 calories is safe for weight loss.

For short term: You may lose a lot of weight by eating only 1000 cal daily but the loss will not likely be sustained. The initial rapid loss is mostly from water. The best way for you to lose weight (a) Exercise more -both endurance and weight training 1.5 to 4.5 hours a week (b) reduce carb intake (c) eat slower- ear till you are no longer hungry. (d) engage in more social contact. ...Read more

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For 57+ female, does frequent gastritis with 'Orofer XT' result in weight loss 71 -> 68.9 kg over 2-months?

For 57+ female, does frequent gastritis with 'Orofer XT' result in weight loss 71 -> 68.9 kg over 2-months?

Need GI consult: Recurrent Gastritis and weight loss does require a GastroEnterologist consult and will need endoscopy to rule out Peptic Ulcer and Cancer of the Stomach. Don't waste time and consult a competent Gastroentrologist asap. ...Read more

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Can a saggy body after weight loss tone with weight training exercises? Age 22 female. Also have strech marks.

Can a saggy body after weight loss tone with weight training exercises? Age 22 female. Also have strech marks.

Self-Image: I commend you for your commitment for weight loss and Training Exercises.
Do not depreciate yourself by saying “saggy body”; Say, “All systems of your body are functioning well”
Focus on your Inner Beauty of your qualities and achievements.
Do Yoga; Feel the Wonder of muscles in action and beautiful Postures
With continuous toning exercises, stretch marks will decrease. ...Read more

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170lb, 5'1 female eating 1000cal a day doing 45min fast pace walk on treadmill 5days a wk. Rate of weight loss?

170lb, 5'1 female eating 1000cal a day doing 45min fast pace walk on treadmill 5days a wk. Rate of weight loss?

1-2 lbs per week: Based on your information, you burn about 1450 calories a day at rest and an additional 220 additional calories per workout. By eating 1, 000 calories a day you should lose an average of 1 lb a week if you lead a sedentary lifestyle and up to 2 lbs a week if your lifestyle is very active. ...Read more

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Hi all, I am 5'4 and 250 lb female. I am looking to set a weight loss goal for 12 weeks. What is a realistic goal?

Hi all, I am 5'4 and 250 lb female. I am looking to set a weight loss goal for 12 weeks. What is a realistic goal?

Realistic goal: Develop life style changes that lead to better health & weight regulation rather than focus on weight loss itself. Improve food choices, get better sleep, stick to an enjoyable exercise/activity program, drink more water. The key is to take in less calories & burn more calories. Foods high in nutrients will satisfy us with less volume. ...Read more

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I am a 49 yr old female. I am 5'6 & weigh about 185-190 lbs. Would any of the weight loss surgeries be an option for me?

I am a 49 yr old female. I am 5'6 & weigh about 185-190 lbs. Would any of the weight loss surgeries be an option for me?

Your BMI is just: Under 30, according to my calculations. The, technically, puts you in the overweight, not obese, category. Bariatric surgery is usually advised, and covered by insurance, for those whose BMI is >40 or 35 to 39.9 with a serious weight related problem, i.e. type 2 diabetes, etc. Occasionally someone with a BMI of 30 to 34 qualifies if health problems are severe. Bariatric surgery likely not for you ...Read more

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Iam a female, 18yrs old and desperately wants to lose weight. I'm taking meta mucil 3x a day before meals. Is it effective for weight loss?

Iam a female, 18yrs old and desperately wants to lose weight. I'm taking meta mucil 3x a day before meals. Is it effective for weight loss?

Should help some &..: Taking metamucil with 2 glasses of water about 1/2 hour before meals will create a sense of fullness so should reduce your appetite. What you eat is important too. See http://www. Drfuhrman. Com/library/what-is-a-nutritarian-diet. Aspx
also see www. Huffingtonpost. Com/andrew-weil-md/carbohydrates-weight-loss_b_1937312.Html- & see the "discuss that" link in the article. Exercise is also important! ...Read more

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Does monthly weight loss (71kg -> 70.4kg, Hb 10.6 -> 71kg, Hb 11.1 -> 70.2kg) along with Anemia indicate serious illness for 57+ yr female?

Does monthly weight loss (71kg -> 70.4kg, Hb 10.6 -> 71kg, Hb 11.1 -> 70.2kg) along with Anemia indicate serious illness for 57+ yr female?

Yes, No, and Maybe: Losing a couple of pounds in one month, or gaining a couple of pounds in one month, or staying the same weight over one month... all have no special meaning by themselves, because they happen in normal healthy people, in people with "mild" diseases, and in people with "serious" diseases. The only way to tell is to get the whole picture of what is happening with a particular patient. ...Read more

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I am female and 45, non somoker. Not dieting but weight loss of 12 pound over 3 months or so. Feel well, sweaty at times, any thoughts, thank you?

I am female and 45, non somoker. Not dieting but weight loss of 12 pound over 3 months or so. Feel well, sweaty at times, any thoughts, thank you?

Doctor to evaluate: Unintentional weight loss is a problem. One can see her primary care doctor to figure out why. The doctor will look for hormonal imbalances (such as high thyroid), infections, and cancers. One should not wait, because if there is something serious, treatment should be started early. ...Read more

Dr. Oscar Novick
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Lose Weight (Definition)

Many people resolve to lose weight in the New Year for different reasons. For those who are overweight or obese, there are many health benefits to losing weight. It can help decrease your chances of developing diseases including diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, osteoarthritis, and even certain types of cancer. Low-calorie diets combined with increased physical activity are thought to be most effective long term. The healthiest weight loss regimen, therefore, is one that consists of making lifestyle changes that incorporate a balanced diet ...Read more