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I really want to lose some weight. What are some subtle changes I can make?

I really want to lose some weight. What are some subtle changes I can make?

Lots of little thing: You are on the right track. Small subtle changes can be sustained, resulting in slow, steady results that can be maintained for a lifetime. Look at your diet for "mistakes". It is usually portion size or snacking. Sometimes, a food diary can help you identify changes. Plus, exercise a little more. The goal should be 0.5# lost/week. That's only 250 less calories/day. You can do it. ...Read more

Dr. Janice Alexander
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Lose 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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What are some everyday changes I can make to lose weight?

What are some everyday changes I can make to lose weight?

Eat less, exercise: It's been shown time and again that increasing your activity throughout the day can be as effective as a dedicated block of exercise all at once. A step counter helps- just add 1000 steps to your baseline. A healthy diet with portion control will help. Count calories, keep a food journal, eat quality foods and don't snack- stay away from junk food. Don't skip meals. ...Read more

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What are some changes i can do to lose weigt?

What are some changes i can do to lose weigt?

Low sugar/high fiber: I really like the diet recommendations outlined by dr. Lustig in his book "fat chance". It's a low sugar, high insoluble fiber plan. Avoid juices, white breads, white rice, simple carbs and sugars, etc. Increase stringy fiber from fruits and vegetables. Fats (especially good fats) aren't as big of problem for weight gain as might be expected. Exercising alone won't reliably drop the pounds. ...Read more

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What are some everyday changes I can do to lose weight?

What are some everyday changes I can do to lose weight?

Reduce Calories: Increase your physical activities and reduce your calorie (sugar and fat ) intake. Stop any frequent soda and hamburger eating. ...Read more

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What are some ways to lose weight and develop a flat stomach. I cycle a lot but does not seem to help. What can I do?

What are some ways to lose weight and develop a flat stomach. I cycle a lot but does not seem to help. What can I do?

Food choices Key: Most food is for maintenance. Exercise can drive burning body fat, but protein 1st fuel. For optimal health, best >50% of glucose (slow, smooth production) from internal conversion of protein & fat. Eating foods high in sugar/carbohydrates drives conversion, by the liver, of the sugars into fat, fructose especially bad about this. Study eatingacademy.Com & nusi.Org for more detailed understanding. ...Read more

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What are some lifestyle changes i can make if i want to smile more often?

What are some lifestyle changes i can make if i want to smile more often?

I'd get a "Coach" : This is a tough one to answer in a few words, but i sense from this you have a great soul and are hungry to make some changes in your life--definitely talk to a counselor to help you set goals. In the mean time, eat healthy, get regular exercise, and good quality sleep. Be kind to others--smile, make eye contact. They'll smile back if they sense your genuine kindness, and then it's contagious! ...Read more

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What are some things I can do to gain weight if I am too skinny?

What are some things I can do to gain weight if I am too skinny?

Muscle building: The healthiest way to gain weight is to build muscle. The healthiest way to build muscle is by weight raining and consuming healthy sources of protein such as from wild fish such as salmon and from silk tofu. Don't gain weight by consuming refined and processed carbohydrates. ...Read more

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In order to lose weight, what are some things I should do today?

In order to lose weight, what are some things I should do today?

Just start: You will loss weight by burning more calories than you consume. The best way is to exercise more and eat healthful foods. Strive to loss no more than 1#/week. Any other way is a trick and a fad. Weight loss tricks and fads, at best, can result in short-term results that are not sustainable. Unfortunately, they can cause negative health effects. Think long term. ...Read more

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I want to lose weight and make my heart more healthy. What are some possible ways to do that?

I want to lose weight and make my heart more healthy. What are some possible ways to do that?

That's terrific: The best way to lose weight is to eat a diet that is satisfying but lower in calories than what you're eating now. So unless you already know what to eat, find information about healthy foods and then make a plan to change your diet gradually so it lasts a lifetime. Check out http://www.Choosemyplate.Gov/weight-management-calories/weight-management.Html or http://www.Hsph for more info. ...Read more

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Are there any depression/anxiety meds that DO NOT cause weight gain ? How about any that can make you lose weight ?! I need to be happy and thin. Ha

Are there any depression/anxiety meds that DO NOT cause weight gain ? How about any that can make you lose weight ?! I need to be happy and thin. Ha

Depression: Before you consider any meds please set up a referral to a Psychologist who will evaluate you and help you. The psychologist may also refer you to a doctor regarding weight loss. ...Read more

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What are things i can do to lose weight with a disability?

See physiatrist: See a physiatrist (expert in treating people with impairments and disabilities) to develop a weight loss strategy according to your personal situation. ...Read more

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What are things i can do to lose weight with just having ACL surgery?

What are things i can do to lose weight with just having ACL surgery?

Challenging: It can be difficult to burn calories when you are recovering from knee surgery. You can probably get on a stationary bike after several weeks. Swim in a pool after several months. Walk for exercise after several months. ...Read more

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What are things i can do to lose weight with hypothyroidism?

What are things i can do to lose weight with hypothyroidism?

Hypothyroidism: First, your hypothyroidism must be treated. Then change your lifestyle to a healthier one. You don't need a drastic diet. Make small changes. Eat the right portions, eat 3-5 small meals a day, cut back on carbs and sugars, increase lean protein/veggie/fruit/water intake, and start doing some cardiovascular exercise. Continue to monitor your tsh, t3, (liothyronine) and T4 levels as well. ...Read more

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Scared to gain weight while pregnant I am 5 months right now what are some exercises that are ok to do at the gym also what can I eat to not gain to ?

Scared to gain weight while pregnant I am 5 months right now what are some exercises that are ok to do at the gym also what can I eat to not gain to ?

See your MD: It is normal to gain weight during pregnancy and is necessary for the groath of the fetus. How much you gain will depend on your prepregnancy weight, height and general structure. You need to have a frank conversation about your concerns with your md. ...Read more

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I have hypothyroidism and find losing weight very difficult. Is there something i can do to help the weight come off besides eat well and exercise?

I have hypothyroidism and find losing weight very difficult. Is there something i can do to help the weight come off besides eat well and exercise?

Hard question...: First, be sure your thyroid level is normal on medications. If you are still hypothyroid with medications, you may need a med adjustment. Then, we're back to the basics of calories in and calories spent. Many people find that weight training (strength training) gives you more bang for the buck because you build muscle. And muscle burns more calories! also, we naturally lose muscle beginning at 35! ...Read more

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What are some things i can do to get bigger and more buff?

Good trainer.: This venue really wouldn't allow me to do justice to the subject (because it is a vast issue). So, bottom line - consider working with a really good trainer. ...Read more

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What are things i can do to lose weight while dealing with asthma!?

What are things i can do to lose weight while dealing with asthma!?

Exercise & diet: Asthma should not deter you from doing most of the exercises. Both weight training and regular exercise (use a bronchodilator before), plus a better selection of food choices would help you to lose weight. If in a hurry, a vegan diet may not be a bad idea. You cannot keep your weight loss for long without exercise. Remember that it is your abdominal fat and not the weight that matters the most. ...Read more

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I currently have constipation..What are some natural remedies I can do to fix this? Also what can I do to always maintain a healthy bowel movement?

I currently have constipation..What are some natural remedies I can do to fix this? Also what can I do to always maintain a healthy bowel  movement?

Water: Fluids is key! and of course a high fiber diet. If you eat high fiber, and have limited amount of water, you may still be constipated. Apples, pears, brocolli, beans, brans, cabbage, cauliflower, kale... Good amount of fruits and veges and plenty of water. Not tea, diet beverages, sodas, milk but pure water. ...Read more

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My current weight is 68.1 and want to loose some weight, can you suggest me appropriate diet so that i can loose some weight.

My current weight is 68.1 and want to loose some weight, can you suggest me appropriate diet so that i can loose some weight.

Whole foods: Simple sugars and processed carbs should be avoided or limited. This includes any flour product. The fine grind makes absorption quick, and spikes your blood sugar which increases Insulin and promotes weight gain. Good fats such as olive oil and coconut oil are fine in sensible amounts. Eat a rainbow of organic vegetables and 3-4 oz protein with each meal 5 hours apart. ...Read more