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Can bad posture be a problem for weight loss?

Can bad posture be a problem for weight loss?

Back: Only if it prevents overall exercise and movement because of pain... Some good activities for chronic back issues - swimming, lower impact walking, core strengthening with trainer or therapist. ...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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Can a significant weight gain be a cause of back pain?

Can a significant weight gain be a cause of back pain?

Happens to people: People who gain a lot of weight have to support much of that weight throughout their backs. Think of upper body excess weight as carrying a backpack loaded with big bottles of water. Water is 8 pounds a gallon. Having 24 pounds of extra upper body weight is like carrying 3 gallons of water in a backpack, which starts to ache after a while. Travel lightly in life. Weigh only as much as you need to. ...Read more

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Can sugar be a reason for heavy weight loss?

Can sugar be a reason for heavy weight loss?

Possibly: Diabetes mellitus, a disease in which blood sugar is high & damages the body's tissues over time, can be associated with weight loss if large amounts of sugar are getting dumped into the urine rather than being used by the body for energy. Other symptoms can be great thirst, great hunger, and passing large amounts of urine; symptoms which need immediate evaluation by a medical professional. ...Read more

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Can a bad slip and fall on a neck cause a thyroid problem because I have rapidly gained weight without diet or exercise change?

Can a bad slip and fall on a neck cause a thyroid problem because I have rapidly gained weight without diet or exercise change?

No, but...: The physical trauma from a slip and fall cannot cause hypothyroidism. However, the stress/emotional trauma that you may deal with afterwards could trigger many causes of weight gain, which could include hormonal imbalances or even thyroid imbalance. The best way to know for sure is to see a doctor so he/she can discuss this with you further and order the appropriate tests. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Is Lipozene a good weight loss drug to try? Im obese, have a ton of problems and need something to help

Is Lipozene a good weight loss drug to try? Im obese, have a ton of problems and need something to help

Weight Meds: So many people are desperate for help - little has been done for them, they will try anything.First of all there is no miracle drug to take for weight loss.I wish there was, but there are so many factors.You are not the primary reason that you are obese yes, i mean that. I believe we need more rx meds for wt. Control.Specialists who treat obesity called bariatricians can help you.Don't give up! ...Read more

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Is it possible for you to sleep with a weight loss belt?

Is it possible for you to sleep with a weight loss belt?

I would discourage: This. There isn't good data that indicates that these belts actually work. Sleep is the time that your body repairs itself physically ; emotionally. Allow yourself to do this unencumbered. ...Read more

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I have a lot of pcos symptoms and a difficulty in losing weight. Could this weight loss issue be due to thyroid troubles?

Yes: Hormones interact with each other and there a variety of hormone interactions with pcos. Many women with this syndrome have Insulin resistance and have difficulty regulating their blood sugar. The thyroid may play a role but most pcos women have difficulty with their weight due to Insulin resistance and elevated testosterone levels. ...Read more

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Can it be no problem to have a can of diet coke while dieting?

Can it be no problem to have a can of diet coke while dieting?

Diet coke: You can have what you want to have, but be aware that diet coke is not your friend. The artificial sweetener in it (aspartame) is associated with 75% of food sensitivity reactions reported to the fda. Excess exposure to the excitotoxins aspartate and glutamate can gradually kill neurons in brain. Research studies also show that drinking "diet" drinks is associated with weight gain, not loss. ...Read more

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Is it better to use a weight bench for weight lifting if you have back problems?

Is it better to use a weight bench for weight lifting if you have back problems?

Better way to do it: I am not really sure what you are asking but i assume you are talking about having the back of the bench upright to lean against when doing upright presses. With back issues you would do better lightening up the weight and doing standing unilateral dumbbell presses. This will work your shoulders as well as your core and help strengthen your back. ...Read more

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Would it be unhealthy to have problems after weight loss?

?Problems?: I am not sure what problems you are referring. If weight is lost too rapidly or through restriction, many problems can occur: mentally & physically. See your md to discuss for thorough evaluation. ...Read more

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Is 5% (unintentional) weight loss in a year enough to suggest a thyroid problem?

Is 5% (unintentional) weight loss in a year enough to suggest a thyroid problem?

Could be: Thyroid problems or others. Hard to say without knowing more about you or if you have other symptoms. The only way to rule out thyroid problem is to get a blood test. ...Read more

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Is the cb-1 weight gain supplement bad for your or can cause death?

Is the cb-1 weight gain supplement bad for your or can cause death?

Not known for sure: Nobody really knows. The supplement is not a medication approved by the FDA. Such products are probably not tested for interactions and side effects like real medicines are. So, that means nobody really knows what side effects there are (nor what benefits are real, if any). If a CB-1 user hears of some interaction or thinks he is getting a side effect, he can visit his primary care doctor. ...Read more

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Are there any work out machines that bad for your back? Also is bad posture a real problem for disc or degenerative and pain issues in women/ men?

Are there any work out machines that bad for your back? Also is bad posture a real problem for disc or degenerative and pain issues in women/ men?

Machines and posture: Hello. Your back diagnosis and location of pain will determine which gym machines you need to either temporarily or permanently avoid. Poor posture can contribute to spine pain as well as muscle contractures (bent forward too long, muscles will resist being in an upright or arched position (stretching back since they will have become accustomed to the bad flexed forward posture). ...Read more

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Which is better for weight loss and posture, Pilates or yoga? I'm already dieting and running just need a little help with posture :-)

Which is better for weight loss and posture, Pilates or yoga? I'm already dieting and running just need a little help with posture :-)

Either.: I think the choice is more "which one am i more likely to stick with?" rather than "which one is better?" - there isn't a huge difference in their effectiveness. ...Read more

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How much can your weight be fluctuating without it considered to be gain or loss of weight?

How much can your weight be fluctuating without it considered to be gain or loss of weight?

Depends: This is an interesting Q. Not sure any published studies or evidences about a particular number. Normal Fluctuations of weights will depends on basal metabolism rate, balance between calorie intake & expenditure, & level of physical activity. Genetic predisposition also plays a role. In my practice, I advice my patient not to gain or loose >1 lbs weekly. ...Read more

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I have been having a hard time keeping a good diet that tastes good to Lose weight as I have a rare version of chronic migraines which gains weight. ?

I have been having a hard time keeping a good diet that tastes good to Lose weight as I have a rare version of chronic migraines which gains weight.
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Migraines and weight: In addition to seeing your doc for your migraines, consider seeing a nutritionist. There is also a good food sensitivity lab test that can be helpful. Great Plains Lab in KS has one. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Can stress be a reason for hair loss in I youth ?

Can stress be a reason for hair loss in I youth ?

Yes: Yes, a condition known as telogen effluvium can be precipitated by stress. Typically this occurs anywhere from 3-6 months after a stressful situation, and can persist even longer than that after the situation is better. This should cause hair thinning all over (not in just patches) and should no cause any scarring. ...Read more

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Can bad posture be a problem for weight loss?

Back: Only if it prevents overall exercise and movement because of pain... Some good activities for chronic back issues - swimming, lower impact walking, core strengthening with trainer or therapist. ...Read more

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Sir there is pain in heart for short span, breathlessness, hairloss,postural, hypotension, weight loss?

Sir  there is pain in heart for short span, breathlessness, hairloss,postural, hypotension, weight loss?

Symptoms: These are unusual and troubling findings for a 20 year old man. My best advice is for you to go to the nearest Emergency Room today. You will be carefully examined and recommendations made. With your symptoms it is possible you will be admitted to the hospital but that doesn't happen too often. Wishing you well soon. ...Read more

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Can bad posture cause breathing problems?

Can bad posture cause breathing problems?

posture: To breathe efficiently your chest has to expand, both ribs moving and diaphragm descending. If your body posture impedes either or both such as with severe kyphoscoliosis, breathing problems can ensue. ...Read more

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I'm curious what could happen if you have a bad posture? Will you have back problems later on?

I'm curious what could happen if you have a bad posture? Will you have back problems later on?

Increases stresses: across your back, and joints. And predisposes you to having future issues with your back, also makes it easier to hurt your back. Try your best to assume a good posture as you only will have one back for the rest of your life, so take care of it well. Do not smoke, maintain a good body weight. ...Read more

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Can bad posture for 10 years cause problems with stool exiting the body ?

Usually not.: Bad posture does not cause constipation, although I suppose if it were extreme enough to cause severe scoliosis, it may be possible. I would review your medications to see if any of them could cause constipation. I would also increase the amount of fiber in your diet, and the amount of your liquid intake. If these measures do not help, then I would speak with your doctor. Good luck. ...Read more

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How bad is bad posture and back problems?

How bad is bad posture and back problems?

Usually not that....: Poor posture alters the load across the back in an abnormal way that usually will aggravate your symptoms .Occasionally, with certain diseases like ankylosing spondylitis or in severe osteoporosis, it can lead to permanent postural changes or deformities. ...Read more

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Are there any work out machines that bad for your back? Also is bad posture a real problem for disc or degenerative and pain issues in women/ men?

Machines and posture: Hello. Your back diagnosis and location of pain will determine which gym machines you need to either temporarily or permanently avoid. Poor posture can contribute to spine pain as well as muscle contractures (bent forward too long, muscles will resist being in an upright or arched position (stretching back since they will have become accustomed to the bad flexed forward posture). ...Read more

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Hello! I have stiff neck and shoulders due to a mix of really bad posture and bad anxiety. I've have been to an orthopedic and that was his diagnoses. Today I started exercising and I wanted to know if I should lift weights.

Hello! I have stiff neck and shoulders due to a mix of really bad posture and bad anxiety. I've have been to an orthopedic and that was his diagnoses. Today I started exercising and I wanted to know if I should lift weights.

Anxiety: I understand your discomfort of stiff neck and shoulders. I commend you for starting exercising. Due to stiff neck, wait for lifting weights. Feel good about all exercise you are doing. Have good posture while sitting, standing and walking. Do breathing and Music Relaxation, Meditation, Yoga and Visual Imagery for Relaxation. See Psychiatrist for Therapy and Medication for Anxiety if needed. ...Read more

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Is there a difference between bad posture and actual skeletal deformaty?

Is there a difference between bad posture and actual skeletal deformaty?

No: However poor posture may appear as a skeletal deformity, and this can be corrected by changing bad posture to good posture by a voluntary effort or instruction from a physical therapist or trainer. ...Read more

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Bad posture causing severe pain, what do you recommend?

Evaluation: By a doctor trained in biomechanics. Also try podiatrist for evaluation of leg length discrepancy, physical therapist for evaluation of core/body weakness or sign up for strength training with an instructor. ...Read more

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What to do if I have bad posture causing severe pain, help?

What to do if I have bad posture causing severe pain, help?

Bad Posture Pain: It is a challenge to correct bad postural habits. Body structures like muscles get fixed (shorten). When you try to work against those shortened muscles, you have more pain, muscles lock up even more- get more contracture. What treatments have you had thus far? Any acupuncture, massage therapy? What about ROLFING? This focuses on vertical realignment of your spine & muscles. ...Read more

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Can bad posture make your chest muscles hurt?

Can bad posture make your chest muscles hurt?

It's possible.: Being round shouldered or bent over can put extra strain on the chest, causing pain over time. See a Dr. if pain persists. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if I have bad posture. Who should I see to fix this a doctor?

Anatomical issue?: If you think your posture issue is due to an anatomical problem you can start with your primary care physician who can initiate referrals if indicated. Take care. ...Read more

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Does bad posture actualy reduce oxygen to the brain?

Does bad posture actualy reduce oxygen to the brain?

Doubt it: Not that i know of, nor have i read anything in the literature to suggest thos. ...Read more

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Are back braces effective for correcting bad posture?

Not long term: There are a variety of braces that can be worn to "improve" posture problems; from fairly flexible to quite rigid. The problem is that they result in atrophy and stiffness which can ultimately worsen the problem. Strengthening of the core and postural exercises is much better. One should also get an exam and X-ray to make sure there is not an underlying spinal deformity. ...Read more

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What are good exercises for upper back pain due to bad posture?

What are good exercises for upper back pain due to bad posture?

Back extension exerc: Back extension exercises would be a good place to start. You need an evaluation for a correct diagnosis. Discuss this with your physicians. This may not be due to poor posture. ...Read more

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Dr. Steven Griggs
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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


Dr. Peter Ihle
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Abnormal Posture (Definition)

Bad posture is usually related to bad habits. Try using a lumbar support when sitting in a chair to help keep your shoulders back and neck neutral. Another option is a posture support to wear under your clothes. Try focusing on exercises that strengthen the core muscles and muscles in your back, especially the muscles ...Read more