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What should be the primary consideration when setting a weight goal?

What should be the primary consideration when setting a weight goal?

Weight Goal: Try to set realistic goals, not idealistic goals based on our societies over emphasis on beauty. If you become perfectionistic your body will likely rebel at some point, no one likes to live a life of deprivation. Best. ...Read more

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What is the primary consideration when setting a weight goal?

Weight Loss: Be realistic, not idealistic. We have an inordinate emphasis on appearance in our society, don't get caught up in the media representation of thinness but determine a health weight for your unique physique. Best. ...Read more

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Can you tell me some primary considerations when setting a weight loss goal?

There are MANY: What age were you when you were at a weight you were happy with? If you have to go back 10-15 years that may be a weight that is too low. What is your current age? Hormones need to be at certain levels ; be checked because they deplete with age. Like the sex hormones testosterone, estradiol, and progesterone. A fasting Insulin level is critical to know. These will determine what you can lose. ...Read more

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Are BMI ranges a good measure to go buy when setting weight loss goals?

Are BMI ranges a good measure to go buy when setting weight loss goals?

Yes: Aiming to be in the "healthy" BMI (body mass index) zone is a good long term goal for weight loss. However, some persons have mainly tummy fat. For those people, being in the "healthy" BMI range may still not be good enough, because excess tummy fat may be a part of "metabolic syndrome". Metabolic syndrome can lead to diabetes, so those patients should reduce tummy fat even if BMI is "healthy". ...Read more

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How can I stay focused on my healthy nutrition goals every day?

How can I stay focused on my healthy nutrition goals every day?

Teammate: This is life experience rather than medicine -- the way to do this is to have a friend who shares your goals, and work together. No physician can give you the warmth and encouragement of a real friend. Best wishes -- your goal is admirable and there is someone who you will help too. ...Read more

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24 yrs old, 5'4-I am currently 150lbs. Is it a safe and reachable goal to drop down to 120-130? If so, what is a reasonable 'deadline' to reach target

24 yrs old, 5'4-I am currently 150lbs. Is it a safe and reachable goal to drop down to 120-130? If so, what is a reasonable 'deadline' to reach target

Slow weight loss: A target of 130 lbs would be appropriate for your height. Aim for lifestyle changes that you can stick with. Monitor your eating patterns with a daily diary for 2 weeks. Aim to decrease you calories by 500 - 1000 calories/ day but do not go below 1200 -1500/day. This will allow a weight loss of approximately 1 -2 lbs/week. Exercise can improve the weight loss as well. ...Read more

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Hi I want to loss weight my height is 65cm , weight 77 and I'm 29 year's old my goal weight is 56 what diet should I follow inorder to loss weight?

Hi I want to loss weight my height is 65cm , weight 77 and I'm 29 year's old my goal weight is 56 what diet should I follow inorder to loss weight?

Assuming 165 cm tall: Eat small balanced meals every 2-3 hours consisting of a whole,unprocessed foods such as a lean protein, veggies, and healthy fat (eg - avocado) Reduce your starch/carbohydrate intake from breads/pasta as low as possible. Daily exercise to increase calories burned throughout the day is important to maintain good health as well. Last, reduce calories by limiting drinks with calories-water is best ...Read more

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What shoulld I do more of between resistance and cardio if my goal is to reduce body fat percentage?

What shoulld I do more of between resistance and cardio if my goal is to reduce body fat percentage?

Net negative calorie: The only way to loss weight, ie reduce body fat, is to burn more calories than you consume. I would suggest you attack on 2 fronts, exercising to burn more & decreasing the calories that you consume. Most cardio exercises burn more calories than resistance exercises over the same amount of time. Weights will add muscle which increases your resting metabolic rate. So do both, but more of cardio. ...Read more

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