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Doctor insights on: Is It A Good Idea To Lose Weight Before Becoming Pregnant

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Dr. Brad Goldenberg
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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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Is a 1200 calorie a day diet healthy, for losing weight? Is it a good diet if you are not trying to lose weight. Because sometimes you miss meals.

Is a 1200 calorie a day diet healthy, for losing weight? Is it a good diet if you are not trying to lose weight. Because sometimes you miss meals.

Maybe: 1200 calories a day can be a good maintainence diet, but could also cause weight gain. If you are not exercising and if there are a lot of sugars and starches iin that 1200 cal, weight gain is more likely. The more muscle mass you have, the more calories you will burn also. ...Read more

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Is there a healthy weight to gain weight if I have decided to become a vegan?

Is there a healthy weight to gain weight if I have decided to become a vegan?

Ideal BMI: ...is 19-25. You have not shared your height, so we can't calculate your Body Mass Index here. However, here's a link for you to fill in the blanks, and self-determine your preferred "healthy weight" range: https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/educational/lose_wt/BMI/bmicalc.htm ...Read more

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Is it possible to lose weight while pregnant?

Is it possible to lose weight while pregnant?

Although it may be: Possible - that doesn't mean that is advisable. This is not the right time to plan a weight loss program. ...Read more

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What is a good way to lose weight when you have a under active thoird problem?

What is a good way to lose weight when you have a under active thoird problem?

Thyroid & weight: The most important goal is to get the thyroid function under control. There are many people with thyroid disease that have normal thyroid function (normal TSH) because it is controlled with medication. The first step is to work with your endocrinologist to get that TSH in the normal range. In the meantime, a healthy diet is always a good option for both weight loss and general well-being. ...Read more

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Is it possible to lose weight in healthy way if already underweight?

One can lose fat: If one is underweight but not physically fit, one can eat a healthy diet, increase exercise, and manage stress well and lose fat and fluid retention and gain muscle and bone mass. ...Read more

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Would it be very likely for a pregnant woman to lose weight without hurting the baby?

Tricky: See during pregnancy your daily caloric requirements increase because the baby is getting nutrition from your body. If you try to loose weight by compromising your diet that will directly effect the baby, yes what you should do is that eat a healthy balanced diet and do exercise daily like brisk walking etc. After the baby is born breast feeding helps loose weight. ...Read more

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What's the best foods for a family if one person is trying to lose weight, while another is too skinny and wants to get fat?

What's the best foods for a family if one person is trying to lose weight, while another is too skinny and wants to get fat?

Count calories: There is no substitution for a healthy diet, regardless if the goal is weight gain or loss.Weight gain is achieved if the individual takes in more calories than he/she burns; weight loss happens when calories burned exceed calorie intake. Calculate calorie needs for each family member from the nih website then eat the same food. Dieter needs to exercise; supplement calories for the too skinny one. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my goal and I was wondering if it would be a good idea to use fastin (phentermine) as a little boost to losing weight?

What do you suggest if my goal and I was wondering if it would be a good idea to use fastin (phentermine) as a little boost to losing weight?

Weight loss: Recommend you get the DASH Diet for Hypertension DASH Diet for Hypertension ISBN 9780743410076 My record pt wt loss was 70 lbs with this. If you need to lose more let me know. ...Read more

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Would it be a good idea to take birth control for no weight gain?

Would it be a good idea to take birth control for no weight gain?

No: Birth control is not taken to change weight one way or other, it may cause some fluid retention in some patients and cause minimal weight gain.Weight gain goes away in few months. ...Read more

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Why is it hard for women to lose weight after a triplet pregnancy?

Why is it hard for women to lose weight after a triplet pregnancy?

Depends: If the triplets were from fertility treatments - then those treatments do cause some issues with weight loss- either way the hormonal changes and usually the lack of any routine with eating well and exercising makes losing especially difficult after having 1 child - then triple all that with 3! good luck! ! ! ...Read more

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Is it a good idea to have a glass of special whey milkshare after gym before gping to bed to lose weight? Thanks

Protein supplements: Whey milkshake will give your body the protein to help build and repair after workout. Weight loss is determined by calories consumed vs calories burned. ...Read more

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Is it a good idea to use icy hot wrap to try to lose weight?

Weight loss: No, weight loss is a result of decreased caloric intake and increase caloric expenditure. ...Read more

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Is it a good idea to raise your heart rate if you're trying to lose weight?

Is it a good idea to raise your heart rate if you're trying to lose weight?

Yes: Exercise and raising heart rate is for sustained duration is essential for weight loss. ...Read more

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Laxatives to lose weight, is this a good idea?

Laxatives to lose weight, is this a good idea?

TERRIBLE, : Really awful, unsafe, ineffective way to lose weight. This is very unhealthy as an approach to weight loss. ...Read more

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I'm currently trying to lose weight and i'm always stuck for dinner ideas. What are good healthy meals?

I'm currently trying to lose weight and i'm always stuck for dinner ideas. What are good healthy meals?

Healthy meals: Check foodnetwork.com, WWW.health.com, allrecipes.com, www.bhg.com, www.eating well.com, www.cookinglight.com, www.foodnetwork.com and others for healthy meal and recipes ideas. ...Read more

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I need to lose weight. Would strength training be a good idea?

I need to lose weight. Would strength training be a good idea?

That is one part of: a smart weight loss program. 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. Do cardio & weight training. ...Read more

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I'm a 17 year old girl that is 5'10 and weighs a lot more than she should, can you think of any good ideas for me to do to help me lose weight?

I'm a 17 year old girl that is 5'10 and weighs a lot more than she should, can you think of any good ideas for me to do to help me lose weight?

Weight loss: is a combination of taking in less food or calories and increasing your activity or use of calories. That said, start an activity, any activity, such as walking, and increase to 1 hour a day if possible. Write down everything you eat to make yourself aware of your intake, including beverages. Eat mostly lean meats, veggies and fresh fruits and whole grain breads, reducing you intake 10%. ...Read more

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Testes seem bigger and the sac too bigger as well. No pain /dischrg. Did lose weight to get healthy 312to 230. Overall good health. Any ideas?

Testes seem bigger and the sac too bigger as well. No pain /dischrg. Did lose weight to get healthy 312to 230. Overall good health.  Any ideas?

Probably all is OK: Congratulations on your dramatic weight loss. If there is no pain in the testicles and you can't feel any lumps on them or in the scrotum, then probably everything is OK, Most likely you're just noticing the effects of fat loss in the skin of your scrotum or even inside it. But if in doubt, ask your doctor to examine you next time you have a routine appointment. ...Read more

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Drinking 2 liters of grapefruit juice to lose weight. Is this a good idea?

Drinking 2 liters of grapefruit juice to lose weight. Is this a good idea?

Food Myths: There would be no health benefit or any thing about drinking large amounts of grapefruit juice that would lead to any real or lasting weight loss. This is a false or inaccurate myth. ...Read more

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Need doc opinions! I am trying to eat more food high in protein to lose weight. Is that a good idea?

Need doc opinions! I am trying to eat more food high in protein to lose weight. Is that a good idea?

Protein: Yes. It is like you are eating time released food. It lasts as a fuel source for 6-8 hrs. You should eat 1 gram of protein for every pound of ideal body weight per day. For instance, if your ideal body weight should be 180 pounds, then you should eat 180 grams of protein a day...As long as you don't have any kidney disease. Protein is found in meat, dairy, eggs and protein supplements. ...Read more

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How do I lose my weight from my pregnancy? I eat good and exercise everyday

How do I lose my weight from my pregnancy?  I eat good and exercise everyday

Quantity & quality: Eat good will not help, reducing quantity, reduced calories, quality of exercises are important, amount of time you spent in doing exercises is also important. Now you balance, work on it you will go back to your old shape again in short few months. ...Read more

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Will starving help you lose weight or is this a bad idea?

Will starving help you lose weight or is this a bad idea?

Bad idea: You will definitly lose weight if you starve and don't eat, but you will lose muscle weight more than fat weight making you weak (and still overweight). It can damage your kidneys, cause mineral imbalances that can trigger heart problems. Once you go back to your current bad diet you will gain all the weight back. The correct way to lose weight is through a balanced low calorie diet and exercise. ...Read more

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I still am at an unhealthy weight. Any ideas to lose weight, without supplements?

I still am at an unhealthy weight. Any ideas to lose weight, without supplements?

Here's an idea: The single most helpful think you can do is try to hang out and make friends with fitness-focused people who actually put effort into an exercise-based lifestyle. You can't do it alone, or by counting calories, or "self-discipline". It's very largely how you socialize. If they see you're trying, they'll make you one of them. ...Read more

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Dr. Sandra Lora Cremers
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Pregnancy (Definition)

When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more