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Does smoking really prevent you from losing weight?

Does smoking really prevent you from losing weight?

Other way around: The nicotine in tobacco smoke actually is an appetite suppressant, so that a problem in people quitting smoking is that they gain weight. However, there are always idiosyncratic reactions that individual people have because of their biological variations. Losing weight is mostly a matter of eating less and exercising more. Some people need to eat much less and exercise much more. If u smoke, stop. ...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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Does an underactive thyroid really prevent you from losing weight?

Does an underactive thyroid really prevent you from losing weight?

If your: Thyroid is underactive you will not burn up calories at a normal rate, and it is difficult to lose weight even with diet and exercise. Getting on the correct dose of brand name T4 replacement and restoring your thyroid levels to normal will return your weight loss ability to normal as well. You'll still need to eat less and exercise more, however. ...Read more

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Will the nuvaring prevent me from losing weight?

Will  the nuvaring prevent me from losing weight?

No: Nuvaring may have a small impact on your appetite, but what goes past your lips is up to you. In addition, NuvaRing doesn't impact your ability to get regular aerobic exercise and make health choices. ...Read more

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How do you prevent stretch marks from losing weight?

How do you prevent stretch marks from losing weight?

You don't.: You get stretch marks from weight gain, not from weight loss. The stretch marks occur because skin is like an envelope that is being filled with fat. When you stretch the envelope, the collagen and elastin support weakens, causing a scar looking stretch mark. Losing weight will not reverse this. ...Read more

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What can I do to prevent extra skin when losing weight?

What can I do to prevent extra skin when losing weight?

Lose slowly: Lose weight slowly... The more gradual your weight loss, the more time your skin has to get acclimated to it as well as the longer your weight loss results will last. ...Read more

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Can the nuvaring prevent me from losing weight or make me gain?

Can the nuvaring prevent me from losing weight or make me gain?

No: Nuvaring may have a small impact on your appetite, but what goes past your lips is up to you. In addition, NuvaRing doesn't impact your ability to get regular aerobic exercise and make health choices. ...Read more

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I am losing weight with a busy schedule, how can I prevent this?

I am losing weight with a busy schedule, how can I prevent this?

You need to make : The time to eat at least 3 healthy meals per day. It starts by making the decision to ensure that your health is a priority. ...Read more

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Are there medical conditions that prevent people from losing weight?

Are there medical conditions that prevent people from losing weight?

Yes.: The best known is hypothyroidism. Many people have suboptimal thyroid function and their doctors tell them they are ok. The reason is that thyroid screening test usually involves TSH and T4 only, yet what really should be tested is freet3 level in the blood. If your TSH is not below 2.0 you may be hypothyroid. Also low basal body temperature suggests hypothyroidism-test yourself. ...Read more

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How can I prevent sagging skin when losing weight!?

How can I prevent sagging skin when losing weight!?

See a plastic surgeo: The results from various lasers and other related devices are modest. ...Read more

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How do I prevent myself losing weight while building muscle?

How do I prevent myself losing weight while building muscle?

Eat healthy high : Calorie foods. Eat 6 meals/day. Consider foods like: almonds, cashews, pecans, sunflower seeds, flax seeds, walnuts, hummus, avocados, granola, trail mix, dried fruits, extra virgin olive oil, canola oil, protein shakes, protein bars, lean meats, poultry, fish, smoothies (w added silken tofu or powdered milk), greek yogurt (full –fat), . ...Read more

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Can taking amitriptyline 200mg daily prevent a person from losing weight?

Can taking amitriptyline 200mg daily prevent a person from losing weight?

Yes: Elavil (amitriptyline) (ami...) can cause wt gain by causing dry mouth, sedation and calming which seem to encourage wt gain. Discuss with your md about alternate choices. You can still loose wt if you adjust your diet but it is more difficult. ...Read more

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I'm losing weight from gastritis, what can I do to prevent more weight loss?

I'm losing weight from gastritis, what can I do to prevent more weight loss?

Discuss w/your: doctor a/or gastroenterologist, particularly if conventional therapy with lifestyle intervention and medication such as zantac (ranitidine) or prilosec hasn't been effective. ...Read more

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What to do if i used to have an eating disorder, could this be preventing me losing weight now?

What to do if i used to have an eating disorder, could this be preventing me losing weight now?

Quite Possible: If you had issues around food before, you could have similar issues now. Just because they are not expressed in the same way, it could be related. Try overeaters anonymous (ww.Oa.Org). There is lots of help and non-judgmental support there. ...Read more

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What could be preventing me from losing weight? Im exercising, cut all junk foods except for once in a while, eating healthy.

What could be preventing me from losing weight?  Im exercising, cut all junk foods except for once in a while, eating healthy.

Weight gain: It seems that you are taking all the right steps towards weight loss. I would also check basic blood work and hormone levels to make sure there is nothing else that could be contributing to weight gain. ...Read more

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I have an anterior midline pelvic simple cyst . It measures 15cm from what they see . Could this be preventing me from losing weight ?

I have an anterior midline pelvic simple cyst . It measures 15cm from what they see . Could this be preventing me from losing weight ?

No: It's unlikely that the cyst is preventing you from losing weight... But at that size it definitely could be increasing the 'size' of your abdomen, meaning, that you could look a lot fuller in the abdomen than you truly are. At 15 cm did your gynecologist offer to remove it? If causing you pain or discomfort, you may want to consider. Or if preventing you from exercise and losing the weight? ...Read more

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Could the high calcium level in my blood prevent me from losing weight?

Could the high calcium level in my blood prevent me from losing weight?

See below: There should not be a high calcium level in the blood.The cause needs to be investigated it is not related to prevention of weight loss. ...Read more

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I had 15 ketones on a recent blood test. What does this mean? Would this prevent me from losing weight?

I had 15 ketones on a recent blood test. What does this mean? Would this prevent me from losing weight?

Unclear question: All laboratory results need to be interpreted in the clinical context and the doctor who ordered the tests is usually in the best position to do that. Having said that, 15 ketones is not a usual laboratory result. Ketones may form due to starvation and uncontrolled diabetes. It would be prudent to discuss it with the doctor who ordered the tests. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex, if you have sex. Get HPV vaccine ...Read more

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Which should I focus on first: losing weight or quitting smoking? I am 100 lbs overweight and smoke two packs a day and feel overwhelmed by both.

Which should I focus on first: losing weight or quitting smoking? I am 100 lbs overweight and smoke two packs a day and feel overwhelmed by both.

Both: With that much excess in both areas you can focus on both, however you will likely need alot of support. Doctor, therapist, support groups. Perhaps you have an undiagnosed disorder like adhd for example which is causing you to self medicate with food and nicotine. You can do it but dont have to do it alone, and you dont have to be perfect in the process. You just have to remain willing. ...Read more

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What could possibly prevent me from losing weight, im 34 f, on Synthroid (thyroxine) 137mcg, cytome 12.5mcg, metform 1000, phenter, free t4/t3 upper range, TSH low?

What could possibly prevent me from losing weight, im 34 f, on Synthroid (thyroxine) 137mcg, cytome 12.5mcg, metform 1000, phenter, free t4/t3 upper range, TSH low?

Eating too: Much and not exercising enough. If you're on cytomel, (liothyronine) you should consider stopping it as it can be dangerous and can't be checked by the routine thyroid tests. That's probably why your TSH is too low. The T3 test doesn't accurately measure Cytomel (liothyronine) dose. ...Read more