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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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Do kids generally have weight gain before growth spurt?

Do kids generally have weight gain before growth spurt?

Sometimes: I will see a slight increase in weight and a slowing of height growth, just before the growth spurt. ...Read more

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What can causes a child age 4 to eat as much as 2 adults daily, with no weight gain or growth? This has been going on for months. We expected a growth spurt. That has not happened. He can get up from a meal where he will eat more than the adults, and say

What can causes a child age 4 to eat as much as 2 adults daily, with no weight gain or growth? This has been going on for months. We expected a growth spurt. That has not happened. He can get up from a meal where he will eat more than the adults, and say

You : You are correct in thinking about a growth spurt. This is usually why a child will begin to eat much more than usual. A growth spurt may only result in his feet gowing or gaining a few inches in height. Don't expect to see a dramatic change. On the other hand, polyphagia(eating excessive amounts of food) can be an early sign of juvenille diabetes. The best thing to do is have your child evaluated by his pediatrician or primary care provider. ...Read more

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Thyroid removal (6 growths, 1 possible cancer) and taking synthroid (thyroxine). Can this help regulate for weight loss and facial hair issues? I can't lose weight.

Thyroid removal (6 growths, 1 possible cancer) and taking synthroid (thyroxine). Can this help regulate for weight loss and facial hair issues? I can't lose weight.

NO ,: Purpose of taking thyroid hormone (synthroid (thyroxine) ) is a replacement exact amount needed , due to lack of production as gland was removed by surgery , which controls metabolism of every cell in the body , other issues or associated hormones may be causing your problem , speak to your doctor will help you ...Read more

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I have pcos I am gaining weight bad and my hair growth has worsened a lot also I have the birth control implant in arm what can I take 2 lose weight?

I have pcos I am gaining weight bad and my hair growth has worsened a lot also I have the birth control implant in arm what can I take 2 lose weight?

PCOS and acne: First of all, depoprovera is probably the worst birth control for someone with pcos because it is very androgenic. See if they can switch you to one called mircette (ethinyl estradiol and desogestrel). The Progesterone in Mircette (ethinyl estradiol and desogestrel) is much more friendly and helps the acne and hirsutism (hair growth) that are so common with pcos. In general noerithindrone-like progesterones are very androgenic (testosterone-like) and bad for pcos. ...Read more

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How do you help a child lose weight?

How do you help a child lose weight?

Burn calories: Swim, bicycle, abdominal crunches, find 300 calories a day you don;t need to eat e.g. Bread. If you eat meat, make it lean, take off the skin of chicken, no fried food, eat more fish and seafood, eat green and white veggies cooked with garlic and oil. Rice and beans(lentils and rice) are good sources of complex carbs. ...Read more

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Help docs! i'm wondering do children lose weight faster than adults?

Help docs! i'm wondering do children lose weight faster than adults?

Possible: Children need more calories than adults when they are still growing and are very physically active. So, if a child starts eating less than needed for continued growth, she or he can loose weight very rapidly. ...Read more

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Should a child of nine years go to an adult gym to help lose weight?

Should a child of nine years go to an adult gym to help lose weight?

Battle won at table: It is fine to exercise as part of a weight reduction plan.However, the most progress is made by realistic choices at the dinner table. A nine year old is best served by group activities such as soccer, scouts, hiking & similar outside activities; all that would keep a kid busy & occupied. Nine year old kids get bored easily & i doubt any stair climber would suit their needs. ...Read more