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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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I want to lose weight fast, i've been big all my life. I can't force myself to eat the vegetables i don't like. What is an alternative?

I want to lose weight fast, i've been big all my life. I can't force myself to eat the vegetables i don't like. What is an alternative?

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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Come from big family and want to lose weight but its hard for me?

Come from big family and want to lose weight but its hard for me?

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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My weight is a big problem for me. Can you tell me a medicine to lose weight?

My weight is a big problem for me. Can you tell me a medicine to lose weight?

Weigh management: Using a drug to loose weight on your own is not the safe way to go. There are doctors who specialize in this but see your family doc for a food plan before a specialist. Many find a low carb and higher protein diet works well but moderate exercise under doctor guidance is also helpful. There are lots of reasons to be hopeful but go slowly and w/guidance. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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What's the best thing to eat if i want to be on a diet? On top of that i'm a big eatter too and i need to lose weight!

What's the best thing to eat if i want to be on a diet? On top of that i'm a big eatter too and i need to lose weight!

Cut your carbs: Cut out your sugar and carbs..Cardio for exercise..Walking will do for now...Drink water no soda..Eat breakfast , lunch, dinner no skipping meals..See www.Weighstation.Net for help ..And newsletters. ...Read more

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How to lose weight without getting big muscles?

How to lose weight without getting big muscles?

Healthy diet: Make half your meal vegetables and fruits. Go for variety. And keep in mind that potatoes and french fries dont count. choose whole grains & limit refined grains. pick the healthiest sources of protein. Drink lots of water. Stay active. check out http://www.Sparkpeople.Com or http://www.Myfitnesspal.Com. They offers nutrition, health, and fitness tools, support, and resources that are 100% free. ...Read more

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I am trying to lose weight and all my fat turns into muscles . What is the best way to lose weight ? I have big lims

See a nutritionist: Structured weight loss is very difficult. Weight watchers works well, but remember it is a longterm or even a lifetime commitment. Problems with most diets is that people follow a diet for a short while, then stop and back goes the weight. Successful weight loss is a whole new way of life and requires structured calorie count together with a sensitive exercise schedule. ...Read more

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I know I'm overweight (5'8", 215lbs, 23% BF) but could I maintain my weight and still be healthy? I don't think I'm so big that I need to lose weight

I know I'm overweight (5'8", 215lbs, 23% BF) but could I maintain my weight and still be healthy? I don't think I'm so big that I need to lose weight

Weight loss: At this time, you are relatively young and may feel okay with excess weight. However, cardiac disease, hypertension and diabetes can build up silently and may affect you later in life. It would be better to eat a healthier diet, exercise and lose some weight. ...Read more

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I am obese and am trying to lose weight following slimmin world plan but not seeing big losses, could taking sertraline be affecting my weight losses?

I am obese and am trying to lose weight following slimmin world plan but not seeing big losses, could taking sertraline be affecting my weight losses?

Metabolic syndrome: What you have is called the "metabolic syndrome". It would be rare for zoloft (sertraline) to interfere with weight loss, although a few cases of weight gain on zoloft (sertraline) after six months or more of treatment are generally seen by most seasoned psychiatrists. With HTN and venous stasis you might consider one of the available gastric bariatric procedures. Sleep apnea can cause obesity and HTN also. ...Read more

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Whats a good diet for me to lose weight and gain muscle i exercise a lot but don't really see big results ?....

Whats a good diet for me to lose weight and gain muscle i exercise a lot but don't really see big results ?....

Paleo diet: The paleo diet is currently quite popular and makes good sense. Please consult your primary care doctor before starting any new diet. http://thepaleodiet.com/. I have no financial interest in this or any other diet site. ...Read more

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I am a big guy(6'4 350) and i exercise everyday &want to lose weight. How many calories should I eat in a day to lose weight?

I am a big guy(6'4 350) and i exercise everyday &want to lose weight. How many calories should I eat in a day to lose weight?

Consider: It depends...Before starting any diet, i would recommend that you consult with your family doc....He can give you more detailed dietary recommendations and refer you to a nutritionist/registered dietician..Exercise and diet are essential parts of a weight loss program...But, do it under the supervision and monitoring of your family doc. ...Read more

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Have a big stomach and wanted to know how can I lose weight to gain a nice shape?

There isn't such a: Thing as natural spot fat loss. You need to lose weight in general ; a certain % will be abdominal fat. Eat healthfully ; be physically active. Calories burned must > calories consumed. To tighten ab's do crunches, reverse crunches, exercise ball crunches, pelvic thrusts, lying leg raises, side bridge ; “bicycling” exercise on your back. Engage in regular aerobic exercise. ...Read more

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I am pretty skinny but have really big thighs, how can I lose weight on them with out building muscle?

Spot fat loss does : not occur naturally. By losing weight in general some may be thigh fat. But, we don't get to choose what area of body fat is lost from. Eat healthy & be physically active. Calories burned must > those consumed. Tone Thighs w plie, squat, wall squat, ball squat, Plyometric Squat,stair steps, lunges, lunges w dumbbells, ball squeeze & single leg Circle. Engage in regular aerobic exercise (i.e. > ...Read more

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Which physician could i approach for my big calves? I want to reduce them. Even my ankles are really swallen. I lose weight but they didn't change

Which physician could i approach for my big calves? I want to reduce them. Even my ankles are really swallen. I lose weight but they didn't change

Calf circumference: Calf and lower extremity circumference can be reduced naturally with a healthy diet, stretching and cardio training for 40min, 4x/week. Calves are comprised of 2 muscles that are shaped differently in every person. If there is unusual tenderness, redness or swelling it is important to seek medical treatment for DVT prevention. ...Read more

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Big arms, thin flat stomach, big waist big boobs and big firm big thighs, how to lose weight?

Big arms, thin flat stomach, big waist big boobs and big firm big thighs, how to lose weight?

Losing Weight: 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 both cardio & weight training. ...Read more