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Dr. Sanjiv Kaul
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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.

Yes: Hypo(=low)thyroidism can lead to weight gain. Normalizing the thyroid level can regulate those hormones and lead to normal thyroid level weight. Obviously weight gain and loss is a balance of calories in and out from exercise and diet as well. Good luck. ...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

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Want to lose weight but am still nursing a child, what's a safe way to do that?

Want to lose weight but am still nursing a child, what's a safe way to do that?

Balanced nutrition: If you eat a well balanced diet based on your pre-pregnant weight ( calorie wise) & simply breast feed, you can lose a pound every week or two.Make sure you are taking prenatal vitamins & plenty of fluids. The loss will be slow but natural. The books that say to up your calorie intake to bf are assuring that you won't lose weight. ...Read more

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Is it harder for juvenile diabetic teen to lose weight rather than a normal kid?

Is it harder for juvenile diabetic teen to lose weight rather than a normal kid?

Attention to detail: Actually it should be easier. This child should be paying close attention to diet and exercise. Since a diabetic will be monitoring blood sugars, they are watching all aspect of their body... Many of my diabetic kids need support, but they get to see results with better blood sugars and other tests. Be the best and work smarter to get good control. ...Read more

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Is there any biological reason that makes it harder for a woman to lose weight after having a child?

Is there any biological reason that makes it harder for a woman to lose weight after having a child?

No: Unfortunately, "eating for two" when pregnant actually continues poist partum as a source of continued weight retention. ...Read more

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Just had a baby and want to lose weight, with two kids don't have a lot of time. What's the easiest way?

Just had a baby and want to lose weight, with two kids don't have a lot of time. What's the easiest way?

Losing weight: To lose weight, get ur resting metabolism rate done(weight loss centers do this). This determines the total number of calories you need to lose 1-2lbs/week. Decreasing 500cal/day will give you a 1lb wt loss in 1wk; drink water (1/2 your body weight), eat small meals about 150-200cal 2-4x/(depending on your metabolism rate) and 500cal/meal at night: lean protein/veggies; avoid carbs, . ...Read more

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What is the best way to lose weight after 7 years having kids? Should I get my gull Blatter taking out if I keep having attacks?

What is the best way to lose weight after 7 years having kids? Should I get my gull Blatter taking out if I keep having attacks?

Surgeon's decision: For the need of cholecystectomy, but you have to agree after explaining the facts, losing weight after several pregnancies could be challenging given all the duties you have as a mother, but still an achievable goal, again diet and exercise, half of your plate, fruits/vegetables, half and hour walk or stroll everyday, all what you need to lose weight and keep it down, good luck ...Read more

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I'm a 23 yr old female 5'0 weighing 180 lbs I have to lose weight asap. What would be a good diet and work out plan.I have a child and work full time.

I'm a 23 yr old female 5'0 weighing 180 lbs I have to lose weight asap. What would be a good diet and work out plan.I have a child and work full time.

Juice diet : Check out the movie - fat.Sick and nearly dead. It's an australian documentary that follows a 300 pound guy who lost more than 100 pounds following the juice diet. Great movie. The web site is jointhereboot.Com. But watch the movie first ! ...Read more

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I have had 1 kid and have tried exercise and diet and i lose weight but my body won't tighten back up instead it just seems to sag more what can i do?

I have had 1 kid and have tried exercise and diet and i lose weight but my body won't tighten back up instead it just seems to sag more what can i do?

Exercise and swim: At nineteen your skin should have enough elasticity to firm after weight loss. Try light weight repetitive activities to tone the underlying muscle.To improve skin tone try swimming in cool water to tighten the dermis. ...Read more

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Is there an option for child if he has hypothyroidism to help him lose weight?

Is there an option for child if he has hypothyroidism to help him lose weight?

Yes: In children, treated hypothyroidism does not cause weight problems. Burning off more calories than taken in is the only way to lose excessive weight. ...Read more

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How can my kid lose weight?

How can my kid lose weight?

Diet/exercise: May benefit from consulting with nutricianist and dietician. Ask your physician. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how a fat kid lose weight?

Can you tell me how a fat kid lose weight?

Weight loss: Eat healthfully. Try to eat at least 5 servings of vegetables & 4 of fruit per day. Increase nutritional fiber. Avoid refined sugar & junk carbohydrates. Avoid alcohol, sweetened juices, soda & caffeinated beverages. Aim for 7.5 to 8 hrs of sleep / night. Hydrate w at least 64 oz of water / day. Calories burned must > calories consumed. Be physically active with both cardio & weight training. ...Read more