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Been losing weight by eating less but want to know if I should lose weight and get to a good bmi then start weight lifting or should I do that already?

Been losing weight by eating less but want to know if I should lose weight and get to a good bmi then start weight lifting or should I do that already?

Start now.: Congratulations!!! You have taken a great step to aid your health and help yourself to live a long life!!! You can start weight and aerobic exercise (I would recommend a mix of both). As long as you have no health problems aside from weight. Good luck in your future. ...Read more

Dr. Quang Nguyen
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Obesity (Definition)

Having too much body fat. It is different from being overweight, which means weighing too much. The weight may come from muscle, bone, fat, and/or body water. Both terms mean that a person's weight is greater than what's considered healthy for ...Read more


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How close do I need to be to a normal body weight to be a good candidate for liposculpture? Can i get liposculpture if i'm about 40 lbs. Overweight, or do I have to lose weight first? .

How close do I need to be to a normal body weight to be a good candidate for liposculpture? Can i get liposculpture if i'm about 40 lbs. Overweight, or do I have to lose weight first?

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Stable: The ideal candidates for liposuction are their goal weight or at a stable weight. Liposuction is not a weight loss tool, but rather it helps contour stubborn fatty deposits. http://www.dassmd.com/liposuction/index.html. ...Read more

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If you get implants in your butt for example what will happen if you gain weight there?

If you get implants in your butt for example what will happen if you gain weight there?

Gets larger: Not the implant but the surrounding fat in the muscle and subcutaneous tissues are likely to hypertrophy with weight gain. ...Read more

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If you're significantly overweight is it ok to lose weight quickly (like a low carb) or should you try for the conventional 1-2 pounds a week. I am 5'0 and weigh 254 pounds. I'm fortunant to not have any medical problems and I go regularly for physicals

If you're significantly overweight is it ok to lose weight quickly (like a low carb) or should you try for the conventional 1-2 pounds a week.  I am 5'0 and weigh 254 pounds.  I'm fortunant to not have any medical problems and I go regularly for physicals

Life long habits: Losing weight is the "easy" part. (not easy at all, of course). The hard part is keeping it off. Therefore, losing weight quickly will not accomplish your goal. Instead, change your habits to focus on pleasurable activities independent of meals and eat in a manner that is sustainable. That means slow weight loss. You should not attempt to lose 100 lbs in anything less than 24 months. ...Read more

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If a person has a BMI over 30 do you normally refer them to a weight loss clinic?

If a person has a BMI over 30 do you normally refer them to a weight loss clinic?

Individual practices: Each provider practices differently. When i see patient's with a bmi over 30, I do offer to write a nutrition consult. A nutrition consult however, is not a referral to a weight loss clinic. ...Read more

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Do you have to lose weight if obese to get transplant?

Do you have to lose weight if obese to get transplant?

Depends: Most solid organ transplant centers have a weight limit or maximum body mass index (bmi) for recipients. This not only varies from center to center but also varies depending on the organ being transplanted. Our center has a maximum bmi of 30 for pancreas transplant recipients, 35 for kidney as well as lung recipients, but no limit for liver recipients (we have transplanted patients in the 50s). ...Read more

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Help! need to know if there's any healthy ways to get a higher metabolism for weight loss?

Help! need to know if there's any healthy ways to get a higher metabolism for weight loss?

Higher metabolism: Is it higher metabolism or better food and more exercise? I would push for the latter but don't go overboard all at once. Take your time and gradually you will feel the benefits. ...Read more

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Could you tell me how much exercise should a woman over 200 lbs. Begin with when trying to lose weight?

Could you tell me how much exercise should a woman over 200 lbs. Begin with when trying to lose weight?

Weight: I usually recommend calorie restriction and walk exercise to start a program. Aim for an hour of walking a day. Ideally one session but a total of three 20 min sessions may be easier for some to begin. After a few weeks the duration or the walk speed canbe increased by no more than 10% each two weeks. ...Read more

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If you're a healthy BMI when you get pregnant but gain pregnancy weight and it causes your BMI to be in the overweight randge, is that unhealthy?

If you're a healthy BMI when you get pregnant but gain pregnancy weight and it causes your BMI to be in the overweight randge, is that unhealthy?

It depends/unlikely,: This depends on how much weight is gained during pregnancy. The average woman is expected to gain about 25 pounds during pregnancy and would likely still be overweight after it. So it's normal to be overweight in pregnancy. However, if the BMI was high normal before pregnancy it might be smart to have a diet and exercise program after the pregnancy. Best of luck. ...Read more

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If you gain weight and then lose it, will your bra size also change?

If you gain weight and then lose it, will your bra size also change?

It can: Breast tissue is composed of mainly fat, with some connective tissue for support and the glandular tissue for making milk. That fat, like all the rest of the fat cells in your body, can store the fat from foods you eat. Exercise and changing fat intake in your diet can make you burn fat, which comes from all areas including breasts (which is why you can't just lose your belly or thighs or hips) ...Read more

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If you eat unhealthy food and don't exercise, how much weight can you gain in a month?

If you eat unhealthy food and don't exercise, how much weight can you gain in a month?

Remember: In the short term, it's not so much what your eating but how much. Plenty of single participant cases of very unhealthy diets like the McDonald's Diet, the Twinkie Diet, for short periods(on the order of a month) have yielded significant weight loss and improved CV indices but a long term nutritionally unsound. Weight is related to calories in vs calories out, not necessarily the quality of cals ...Read more

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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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I'm underweight and I Really need to gain weight. Other than a bigger calorie intake what else can I do to see quick results? Thank you in advance!

I'm underweight and I Really need to gain weight. Other than a bigger calorie intake what else can I do to see quick results?  Thank you in advance!

Check hormones: I recommend you have hormone testing done, for overactive thyroid, which can cause excessive weight loss. If that is normal, you may want to avoid caffeine, which is a stimulant. Avoid smoking, for many reasons. I don't recommend gaining or losing weight quickly. The important thing is to put healthy things in your body. ...Read more

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If I want to lose some weight by exercise and follow balanced healthy diet can I do it alone or should I consult doctor first ?

If I want to lose some weight by exercise and follow balanced healthy diet can I do it alone or should I consult doctor first ?

You can go it alone: As long as you don't have any known concerning medical ailment or concerning symptoms like chest pain, dizziness on exertion, abnormally significant shortness of breath on exertion or significant joint/muscle pains. you also have to be incredibly motivated to seek out information about exercise/diet on your own or seek other professionals like a personal trainer or dietitian. ...Read more

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How do u tell if you have water weight or if its fat?

How do u tell if you have water weight or if its fat?

Body composition: Body composition analysis (where you can find the percentage of fat, muscle and water) in your body is the way to do it. It can be done by bioimpedance machine, available at gyms, doctor offices and the lower quality to consumers for cheap, or using dexa scan or under water weight. ...Read more

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If im trying to lose weight. Do i just need to watch my calorie intake or more than that ?

If im trying to lose weight. Do i just need to watch my calorie intake or more than that ?

More than calories : If you are trying to lose weight its not just how many calories you eat, but what you eat, and how you exercise that matters. Many say that only calories matter but it's not true. You need to have high quality food that nourishes you and exercise to lose weight and have a balanced body. ...Read more

Dr. Lisa Saponaro
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Overweight (Definition)

Overweight = a body mass index (BMI) between ...Read more