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Are there vitamins and minerals that aid in weight loss or appetite suppression?

Are there vitamins and minerals that aid in weight loss or appetite suppression?

No, but take vitamin: There is not a vitamin nor mineral that helps one lose weight, but a person on a weight-loss diet should take one daily over-the-counter "multi-vitamin & minerals", in case his diet is low on a vitamin. Successful weight loss comes from a permanent change in lifestyle and eating habits. If a person eats fewer calories than he needs to live on each day, his body will burn the stored fuel (his fat). ...Read more

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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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Are there any special vitamins that are good for postpartum weight loss? Something that boosts metabolism naturally or something?

Are there any special vitamins that are good for postpartum weight loss? Something that boosts metabolism naturally or something?

Sorry, no: Vitamins do not boost metabolism (in spite of silly tv adds that say they do.) seriously, they don't! breast feeding burns tremendous calories, and old-fashioned diet and exercise help too. ...Read more

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Which vitamins are good to aid weight loss?

Which vitamins are good to aid weight loss?

None: The best way to lose weight is eating a healthy, low-glycemic index (lean protein sources and colorful/green vegetables, avoiding starches and beverages with calories) diet and increasing your physical activity until you can exercise for 30 minutes a day. If you do this and maintain this change you should see steady weight loss. ...Read more

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Can certain medications deplete the body of important nutrients (such as iron, magnesium, zinc) and then induce hair loss because of that depletion?

Can certain medications deplete the body of important nutrients (such as iron, magnesium, zinc) and then induce hair loss because of that depletion?

Hair loss Mg, Fe,Zn: 43 F from NY asks:Can certain medications deplete the body of important nutrients (such as iron, magnesium, zinc) and then induce hair loss because of that depletion? ANS: not very likely. Your own Dr can best answer this complex question (cause of hair loss). ...Read more

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Which herbal supplements are considered the best to aid in weight loss during perimenopause?

Which herbal supplements are considered the best to aid in weight loss during perimenopause?

NONE!: They work to make money, but not to lose weight. You need to learn how to eat and exercise in a way that you can live with for the rest of your life. Don't put anything in your body that you don't know what it is, what it's going to do, or what harm it could cause. Don't get your medical information from friends, tv or the internet. ...Read more

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I know that diet and exercise are great, but are supplements safe to aid in weight losslike the ingredients in hydroxycut?I need a little boost :/

I know that diet and exercise are great, but are supplements safe to aid in weight losslike the ingredients in hydroxycut?I need a little boost :/

No: Forget supplements - they're just ways to part you from your hard earned money. There's no legitimate research that supports any supplements. It's what your mother told you, "you get what you work hard for". ...Read more

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Which supplements could i take to aid in weight loss and toning?

Which supplements could i take to aid in weight loss and toning?

NONE: There are no supplements that help you lose weight or tone muscles. The only thing that shrinks is your wallet. You need to learn how to eat and exercise in a way that you can live with for the rest of your life. Don't put anything in your body that you don't know what it is, what it's going to do, or what harm it could cause. Don't get your medical information from friends, tv or the internet. ...Read more

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Are there any supplements/ vitamins for reducing memory loss or improving memory?

Are there any supplements/ vitamins for reducing memory loss or improving memory?

Many good choices: Many nutrients & herbs are proven to improve memory. Some of the best include b complex, phosphatidylserine, acetyl-l-carnitine, bacopa, vinpocetine, ashwagandha and rhodiola. There are entire books on this subject. A good article is at http://www.Smart-publications.Com/articles/be-smarter-think-faster-and-protect-your-brain-with-12-smart-nutrients good luck! ...Read more

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Are there any suplements to help with energy and weight loss?

Are there any suplements to help with energy and weight loss?

No!: None of the ones that say they do actually work. All they'll do is waste your money. If any of the hundreds of such supplements actually worked, there would be no need to have more than one on the market and doctors would recommend them as well. The reason that doesn't happen is they're all a bunch of crap. Don't get your medical info from friends, tv or the internet. ...Read more

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What are some low calorie foods that I can use as appetite suppressants?

What are some low calorie foods that I can use as appetite suppressants?

High fiber foods: High fiber foods can make you feel full for longer; these include fruits like apples and oranges (not the juice), and whole grains. Also soups are good. If you drink a glass of water before your meal, you will likely eat less. ...Read more

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Are HCG drops effective for helping with weight loss? Are there any natural foods that help curb cravings and control appetite?

Are HCG drops effective for helping with weight loss? Are there any natural foods that help curb cravings and control appetite?

Weight loss: Weight loss is the result of diet and exercise. See a dietitian and an athletic trainer. Natural foods cover too many items. Take a look on the web at "NuVal". You are likely to learn a lot. ...Read more

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Can hair thinning occur from dietary deficencies? If so, which nutrients/vitamins/foods are most important and helpful for hair growth and health?

Can hair thinning occur from dietary deficencies? If so, which nutrients/vitamins/foods are most important and helpful for hair growth and health?

Hair: Yes and also from other metabolic disorders like thyroid disease. See your md and perhaps and endocrinologist to be sure it is not related to something other than diet. If it is diet, get off of junk food, eat healthy and take a multivit/see a nutritionist after a blood workup to see what is lacking. Good luck. ...Read more

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What are some diseases/sicknesses that requires taking white potassium pills and causes weight loss?

What are some diseases/sicknesses that requires taking white potassium pills and causes weight loss?

Typical causes: The most common scenario is the use of a diuretic ("fluid" pill stimulating urine production) which both causes weight loss (from fluid loss) and wasting of potassium. A rare cause is cushing's disease but this usually causes weight gain. Diuretics are typically given for heart, kidney, and liver disease and to treat high blood pressure. ...Read more

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Are there any diet pills or appetite suppressants that work and don't have side effects?

Are there any diet pills or appetite suppressants that work and don't have side effects?

Side effects: There are very few, if any, medications that have no side effects. Our bodies are wondrously complex and delicately balanced machines. To tinker with one part using a medication almost always causes additional effects in another part. The goal is to minimize these side effects but they are almost always there to some extent. ...Read more

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Any good weight loss pills or drinks that actually work?

Any good weight loss pills or drinks that actually work?

Three FDA approved: fat blockers (xenical), amphetamine, and serotonin drugs. And in all, when you stop them, the weight comes back because they do not change behavior. eat less, exercise more. the psychological barriers to that closely fit with all other compulsive behaviors. http://www.amazon.com/dp/0692496157/ details (in a highly tongue in cheek way) the science and practical ways to change. ...Read more

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Can there be any vitamins that speed up fat loss?

Can there be any vitamins that speed up fat loss?

Fat loss: Correcting a vitamin deficiency might improve your metabolism, but there is not a vitamin that will necessarily help you lose fat. Stop eating carbs for the most part and start a reasonable exercise plan to lose fat. You could also see a doctor to make sure all of your hormones are good and balanced, including your thyroid. ...Read more

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Which type of foods are healthy that provide vitamins and nutrients but low in calories?

Which type of foods are healthy that provide vitamins and nutrients but low in calories?

Vegetables: Fresh or frozen vegetables are the lowest in calories and vitamin and nutrient dense. They are the best bang for your buck for vitamins and nutrients that are low in calories. ...Read more

Dr. Gary Sandler
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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


Minerals (Definition)

Your body uses minerals to stay healthy and perform vital functions like bone development. Eating a healthy diet full of variety is the best way to the ...Read more