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I have been intentionally losing weight for the past year. Recently noticed I'm losing more weight on right side of my body. Is this normal?

I have been intentionally losing weight for the past year. Recently noticed I'm losing more weight on right side of my body. Is this normal?

It's unusual, has: Anyone else noticed. I can't think of a reason for the asymmetry unless u excercise using more of one side thus more muscle tone. I can't think of a reason why but doesn't sound like a disease. Gd luck. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Losing 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've been losing weight for the past 6 months as im losing weight I've lost lots of my hair if I were to go to the doctor what would they do?

I've been losing weight for the past 6 months as im losing weight I've lost lots of my hair if I were to go to the doctor what would they do?

First of all: A Complete Physical exam with Complete Blood Count and Urinalysis. Then I would obtain THYROID TESTS (also blood tests for the most part) since this "sound like' your problem! Hope this helps! Good Luck

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My ma died recently. Ever since im losing weight. 12 lbs over past 8 months w/o trying. Had all bloodwork done but no imaging studies. Should i b concerned about cancer from weight loss w/o trying?

My ma died recently. Ever since im losing weight. 12 lbs over past 8 months w/o trying. Had all bloodwork done but no imaging studies. Should i b concerned about cancer from weight loss w/o trying?

Weight loss: This can occur from many things. The fact that you mention your mother dying (sorry!) suggests that you may be experiencing depression with reduction in appetite and dietary intake. Discuss this with your doctor. Cancer is always in people's minds and has to be considered but would need far more information and testing to advise. Good luck. ...Read more

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Is losing weight an early sign of pregnancy? No morning sickness, but been losing weight in the past week. Period is late.

Is losing weight an early sign of pregnancy? No morning sickness, but been losing weight in the past week. Period is late.

Not a good indicator: Losing weight is not one of the common signs of early pregnancy. In fact, many women have no symptoms at all when they become pregnant. The best way to know if you're pregnant is with an at home urine pregnancy test. Symptoms like weight gain, bloating, vaginal bleeding and nausea are very unreliable indicators. Best of luck to you! ...Read more

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I have a lump below my breast bone, between lower rib cage, and upper abdomen area. I've had weight lose over the past two months as well.

I have a lump below my breast bone, between lower rib cage, and upper abdomen area.  I've had weight lose over the past two months as well.

Suggest evaluation: This can be evaluated by physical exam, however, you may be describing the xiphoid process. It is a bony prominence below the sternum. ...Read more

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Tips on losing weight?

Tips on losing weight?

Reduce weight: This is a repeat of what I have said before. My philosophy is that the best way to lose weight is not by dieting, but by changing 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. ...Read more

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Tips for losing weight?

Tips for losing weight?

Food journal: Keep track of what you put in your mouth with a food journal and begin to eliminate foods with added sugars and fats. Cut back your food intake while increasing your exercise levels — shoot for 30min/day. Eat more fruit and vegetables. Drink water before meals. Don't skip meals, choose lean proteins and healthy carbs. Try choosemyplate. Gov or sparkpeople. Com or many phone apps for tracking. ...Read more

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I m losing weight why?

I m losing weight why?

See your FamilyDoc: There are many reasons to lose weight but we're most concerned w/unexpected weight loss. For instance, we worry about hyperthyroidism (excess thyroid function), inadequate caloric intake (not getting enough to eat), poor nutritional absorption, and cancer. Best to see your Family Doc for evaluation & diagnosis. ...Read more

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The Fastest way of losing weight?

The Fastest way of losing weight?

Lose weight: My philosophy is that the best way to lose weight is not by dieting, but by changing 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. Work on doing a little of all of these. ...Read more

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Eating more but losing weight?

Eating more but losing weight?

See doctor: Eating more but losing weight can be the result of many things. Are you increasing physical activity? Are you eating more calories or more high quality food with fewer calories? You should check with your doctor, diabetes can be associated with unintentional weight loss as well as several other medical problems. ...Read more

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Am i losing weight too quickly?

Am i losing weight too quickly?

I am sorry but : You haven't told us what your rate of loss is. Please clarify and re-ask. ...Read more

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The Best way to start losing weight?

The Best way to start losing weight?

Weight loss: The Best way to start is by eating a well-balanced diet, small portions, avoid refined sugars and high fat foods, fast food. Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables. Exercise to burn more calories than what you take in. Weight watchers is also a great program. Good luck! ...Read more

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Some easy tips in losing weight?

Some easy tips in losing weight?

Count Calories: One of the easiest tricks for losing weight is to make a conscious effort to count calories. Most of don't truly know how many calories we eat in a day and 1200 to 1400 cal will lead to weight lost for most of us. By simply paying attention you may start buying a lower calorie brand of an item you already eat or think twice before having that one extra cookie. It sounds too easy, but it works! ...Read more

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Could I make losing weight easier?

Could I make losing weight easier?

Yes: Often it is about life choices and what you do to help yourself by the types of food you shop for and how much physical activity you are involved in. As well as deciding what your goals are. That often helps with weight loss. Maybe even having someone be your life coach. ...Read more

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I need some tips on losing weight?

I need some tips on losing weight?

Weight loss: Eat healthfully ; be physically active. Calories burned must > calories consumed if you desire to lose weight. You can mix ; match different kinds of physical exercise. This site can help you determine calories burned for over 100 activities: http://www.Prohealth. Com/weightloss/tools/exercise/calculator1_2. Cfm. ...Read more

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Is lecthin good for losing weight?

Is lecthin good for losing weight?

No: You're throwing your money away on this supplement. Get with a reputable physician involved in holistic medicine and trust him/her. ...Read more

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How shall I go about losing weight?

How shall I go about losing weight?

How to lose weight: To lose weight ensure that calories burned > calories consumed. Drink at least 8 – 8 oz glasses of water per day. Try for 8 hours of sleep/night. Aim for at least 5 servings of vegetables & 4 servings of fruit per day. Use whole grain when possible. Avoid sodas, alcohol & junk carbohydrates. Get in a good mix of aerobic & weight lifting exercises. ...Read more

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Does losing weight make you weaker?

Does losing weight make you weaker?

It can: If you lose weight improperly and do not consume the essential nutrients your body needs such as vitamins, minerals, fatty acids, water, and amino acids, such weight loss such as from a starvation diet can disrupt normal body function which can lead to weakness and even worse. ...Read more

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Can losing weight affect my growth?

Can losing weight affect my growth?

Weight and growth: At 40, you have finished growing and are shrinking. As gravity never sleeps losing weight may slow you height shrinking. ...Read more

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I would like input on losing weight?

I would like input on losing weight?

How to:: To lose weight ensure that calories burned > calories consumed. Drink at least 8 – 8 oz glasses of water per day. Aim for at least 5 servings of vegetables ; 4 servings of fruit per day. Use whole grain when possible. Avoid sodas, alcohol ; junk carbohydrates. Get in a good mix of aerobic ; weight lifting exercises. ...Read more

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Why I'm not losing weight so easily?

Why I'm not losing weight so easily?

It's not easy!: If it were easy to lose weight, the weight-loss industry would not be a multibillion-dollar industry. The only way that works is long-term changes in caloric intake and exercise. I tell my patients they should never try for more than a half pound of weight loss per week, and that maintenance of weight is a lifelong endeavor. Your doctor should be able to provide guidance. Good luck. ...Read more

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What are some tips of losing weight?

What are some tips of losing weight?

See details: Minimize carbohydrates, control portion size, no snacking or junk foods, exercise and strength train on a regular basis. There are nor shortcuts. ...Read more

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Daily program diet for losing weight?

Daily program diet for losing weight?

Many options!: If you want a program that works and has meals pre-made for you so you don't have to measure and track calories, I would try Take Shape for Life. I, myself, used this program and lost 60 lb which has stayed off for 5 years. If that's not appealing, then look at www.myfitnesspal.com for ideas. A great book to read on permanent weight control: Dr. A's Habits of Health by Dr. Wayne Scott Anderson ...Read more

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95lbs and 5ft 3 losing weight rapidly

95lbs and 5ft 3 losing weight rapidly

Too skinny: You need to see your primary care doctor right away. You are already to think and shouldn't be losing weight. ...Read more

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What is a good plan for losing weight?

What is a good plan for losing weight?

Low glycemic diet: A low glycemic diet is the healthiest diet. This is basically a diet low in refined carbohydrates and processed foods; a diet high in fresh vegetables, some fruits and lean protein. You still have to pay attention to total caloric intake because although you want to take in "good calories", too many calories can cause weight gain. You also have to get moving! Even just walking every day will help. ...Read more

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Does grapefruit help in losing weight?

Does grapefruit help in losing weight?

Yes: In a 12-week pilot study, led by dr. Ken fujioka, doctors monitored weight and metabolic factors, such as Insulin secretion, of the 100 men and women who participated in the scripps clinic "grapefruit diet" study. On average, participants who ate half a grapefruit with each meal lost 3.6 pounds, while those who drank a serving of grapefruit juice three times a day lost 3.3 pounds. Many lost 10 lbs. ...Read more

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What's the best pace in losing weight?

What's the best pace in losing weight?

2lbs/week: 2 pounds per week is generally accepted as the best sustainable rate of weight loss. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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