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Does lowering sugar really help in losing weight?

Does lowering sugar really help in losing weight?

Yes : Yes it does. Cutting out sugar and starch is important due to the carbohydrates causing weight gain. Eating carbohydrates leads to the release of the fat-storage hormone insulin, which acts to remove nutrients from the bloodstream and store it as fat. Limiting sugar intake is a great starting point to starting a weight loss process, but is not the only factor to consider. ...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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Does grapefruit help in losing weight?

Does grapefruit help in losing weight?

Yes: In a 12-week pilot study, led by dr. Ken fujioka, doctors monitored weight and metabolic factors, such as Insulin secretion, of the 100 men and women who participated in the scripps clinic "grapefruit diet" study. On average, participants who ate half a grapefruit with each meal lost 3.6 pounds, while those who drank a serving of grapefruit juice three times a day lost 3.3 pounds. Many lost 10 lbs. ...Read more

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How to reduce my high cholesterol without losing weight?

How to reduce my high cholesterol without losing weight?

See this link:: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/high-blood-cholesterol/ds00178/tab=indepth.

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Does hoodia help with losing weight?

Does hoodia help with losing weight?

It depends...: It's like most things. It works for some, and not for others. Be sure you are getting the hoodia from a reputable source. The effective dose: some people only need 1, 000 to 2, 500 mg per day while others need 3, 000 to 4, 500 mg per day. I'd recommend starting at the lower dose, and then increase if necessary. You should start seeing a difference within 2wks if you are going to respond. ...Read more

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Does fiber help in weight loss?

Does fiber help in weight loss?

Fullness in tummy: Fiber makes us feel full sooner and stays in our stomach longer than other substances we eat, slowing down our rate of digestion and keeping us feeling full longer. Due to its greater fiber content, a single serving of whole grain bread can be more filling than two servings of white bread. Fiber also moves fat through our digestive system faster so that less of it is absorbed. ...Read more

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Will losing weight help my depression?

Will losing weight help my depression?

It could: Fat cells secrete substances that trigger inflammation. And inflammation can cause depression. Being overweight correlates with decreased effectiveness of antidepressant medications. Losing weight often entails making healthy diet choices and exercising regularly. Each of those lifestyle changes are associated with improved mood. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24109426 ...Read more

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Will fat burning pills plus exercise help me lose weight? What should I eat to help lose belly fat n fat in my arms?

Will fat burning pills plus exercise help me lose weight? What should I eat to help lose belly fat n fat in my arms?

Losing fat: Fat burning pills do not have adequate medical evidence of effectiveness. Exercise will always be the best means of weight loss. Reducing the total number of calories you eat, particularly fat calories is 2nd. There is no way to target where your body will lose fat. You just have to eat a good diet and exercise and mostly take weight/fat off evenly all over. ...Read more

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How does doing weight help lose fat?

How does doing weight help lose fat?

Weights: doing weights will build muscle mass and will consume more energy as you are exerting more. you still need to have low carb and high protein diet to loose fat. ...Read more

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How do I lower body fat % without losing muscle?

How do I lower body fat % without losing muscle?

Exercise & eat less: It's that simple! for a well-designed program, see a professional trainer but you don't have to get that fancy. Whatever program you use, just don't injure yourself. If you have medical issues, consult your doctor before starting a program. Keep a food diary to see how many calories and what kind you're eating and start out by walking. You can build on that. ...Read more

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Does lemons help in loosing weight faster?

Does lemons help in loosing weight faster?

See below.: Only if they replace the intake of something higher in calories or suppress your appetite. They have no intrinsic weight loss potential. ...Read more

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Does losing weight help eliminate calcifications in breast?

Does losing weight help eliminate calcifications in breast?

No: These usually are genetically related rather than related to fat. ...Read more

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How does glucophage (metformin) help in losing weight ?

How does glucophage (metformin) help in losing weight ?

Appetite: One of the side effects of metformin is a mild appetite suppression. But it is mild. Most diabetics who take metformin do not gain weight, but don't really lose much either. Although it may help, it is not a weight loss drug that you can rely on and not a substitute for a change in diet/exercise. ...Read more

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How does losing weight affect your bmi?

How does losing weight affect your bmi?

Lower Wt : Lower BMI: The body mass index (bmi) is a measurement that looks at one's weight in comparison to his height. Tall people are allowed to weigh more than short people are. With a stable height, one's BMI drops if his weight drops. Bmi calculators are available at the doctor's office and also on the internet. An adult with a BMI of 18.5-24.9 is normal, 25-29.9 is overweight, and 30 or more is obese. ...Read more

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Does exercise help counteract cholesteral diet?

Does exercise help counteract cholesteral diet?

No : Exercise will work with your diet to help lower your cholesterol, not against it. ...Read more

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Best cardio and lower ab workouts/exercise? And how does water help lose weight

Best cardio and lower ab workouts/exercise? And how does water help lose weight

Multiple answers: Studies of individuals dieting for weight loss or maintenance suggest a weight-reducing effect of increased water consumption. The water can help stave off hunger while you move on to another activity. There are many lower abd exercises. Leg lifts, siccor kicks, planks. Aerobic exercise to increase exercise capacity can be done by doing tabata or high intensity interval training, check with md. ...Read more

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Do I lose benefits of lower saturated fats and lower cholesterol if I have some butter intake?

No: Your overall diet is more important, not the occasional intake of some butter. Don't worry about this. ...Read more

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I have 154 ldl/91 hdl/67 triglycerides. Should i start taking a statin to lower cholesterol? I'm 67, female, in good general health and weight

I have 154 ldl/91 hdl/67 triglycerides.  Should i start taking a statin to lower cholesterol? I'm 67, female, in good general health and weight

Not enough info: You do not provide the cholesterol or triglycerides. It does not look like a statin deal and i never prescribed them anyway. Sugar is much more dangerous than fats. ...Read more

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How to reduce my high cholesterol without losing weight?

See this link:: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/high-blood-cholesterol/ds00178/tab=indepth.

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How long does it take to lower cholesterol levels?

How long does it take to lower cholesterol levels?

Varies: Cholesterol medications can affect your lipid panel within 4 weeks however dietary changes need time. You can not reverse years of eating poorly in two months. I see dietary shifts in cholesterol over 6 months and longer. Eating better is a lifestyle not a diet. ...Read more

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Please suggest what foods can my husband eat to lower cholesterol?

Please suggest what foods can my husband eat to lower cholesterol?

Less food: Losing weight will help; reduce intake of saturated fats. Have a plant based diet low in fat and exercise with increasing vigor for 30 minutes each day. It would be prudent to consult your doctor before embarking on any of these efforts. ...Read more

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Please recommend the best drugs to lower cholesterol (need statistics)?

Please recommend the best drugs to lower cholesterol (need statistics)?

Statins: Statins are the best drugs. Crestor (rosuvastatin) is the most potent (and the most expensive). For stats, see: http://circ.ahajournals.org/content/101/2/207.full ...Read more

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I would like to drop at least 30 pounds! lower cholesterol as well! please help!?

I would like to drop at least 30 pounds! lower cholesterol as well! please help!?

Simple math: Decrease portion size and total caloric intake. Keep a diary of all the calories you take in 24 hours. A human being needs on an average 2000 calories a day to maintained the same weight. If you want to loose eat less than 2000 calories and exec use vigorously. Make sure you see your before starting all this to make sure that your healthy enough to do this at your own. ...Read more

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Does fruit lower cholesterol?

Does fruit lower cholesterol?

No, ↓ HDL & ↑ LDL: Fruits are high in sugar, including fruit sugar, fructose, which is rapidly converted by the liver, ~85% first pass, into triglyceride fat & exported into visceral fat stores. ?ed triglycerides & visceral fat stores displaces cholesterol in LDL particles, increases LDL particle concentrations while also ?ing large HDL particle concentrations. Cholesterol wrong focus, see my other answers on this. ...Read more

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Does peppermint help lower cholesterol?

Peppermint: there are claims in the commercial literature that peppermint lowers cholesterol, I can't find any good scientific studies of the same. I wouldn't count on lowering my cholesterol with peppermint ...Read more

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Will taking cinnimon pills lower cholesterol?

Doubt: Although, it is a popular belief that cinnamon helps lower cholesterol, i've yet to see a single patient in my practice who had success with this treatment. I've not seen cinnamon to be found to be effective in studies to decrease cholesterol. ...Read more

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How effectively does oatmeal lower cholesterol?

How effectively does oatmeal lower cholesterol?

Helpful: Oatmeal lowers cholesterol two ways. First it has 7% fiber. Second, it has polyunsaturated fatty acids. ...Read more

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What foods and drinks will help lower cholesterol?

Fruits veggies grain: whole foods from fruits, vegetables, whole grains and beans will help lower your cholesterol. Making a smoothie with an apple and veggies will help lower the cholesterol. Cholesterol is found mostly in animal products, so try to avoid animal meats. ...Read more

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How might you lower cholesterol level quickly for test?

See below: No easy way you can fast and can vigously excercise and that might lower it enough for what you need. ...Read more

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What breakfast is good if you're trying to lower cholesterol?

What breakfast is good if you're trying to lower cholesterol?

Healthy breakfast.: With the understanding that breakfast is an important meal in your day, start generally with leaner and more energizing choices. Cereals rich with complex carbohydrates and fiber for sustained energy, with skim or 1% milk to keep it lighter. Low fat yogurt and fresh fruit. Egg whites and whole grain toast. Try to avoid fatty breakfast meats. Keep your proteins lean. ...Read more

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Are fruits considered an effective diet to lower cholesterol?

Fruits and vegetable: Vegetables are higher in fiber and more effective for helping you lower your cholesterol, however, if the fruit substitutes for high saturated fat in your diet, your cholesterol will be lowered by reducing sources of unhealthy cholesterol. ...Read more

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Could i lower cholesterol with diet and exercise only, no meds?

Could i lower cholesterol with diet and exercise only, no meds?

Try it: Try eliminating saturated fats from animal products and increasing healthy unsaturated oils. Increase your intake of fresh fruits and vegetables to 5-7 servings a day. You didnt mention how high your cholesterol was and what the values for good and bad cholesterol. Exercise will help raise the good cholesterol. Try to be active most days of the week. ...Read more