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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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What could cause sudden weight loss with no exercise, no diet, no new medications, etc? Also oddly very hungry?

What could cause sudden weight loss with no exercise, no diet, no new medications, etc? Also oddly very hungry?

Sounds like you may: Have a thyroid problem like thyrotoxicosis: when the hormone, thyroxine is produced in abundance, generally causes loss of weight and increased hunger,
see your pcp or an internist for getting evaluated, tested and treated,
there might be other causes, but this the one of the commonest. Others include diabetes.
Good luck. ...Read more

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What drugs cause weight loss? I am doing a study in school so I was told to ask a doctor?

What drugs cause weight loss? I am doing a study in school so I was told to ask a doctor?

Weight loss drugs: Here is a list of some meds that can cause weight loss: wellbutrin, topimax, zomig, phentermine, alli, orlistat, locarserin, qsymia (phentermine and topiramate)... ...Read more

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Does Lipozene weight loss drug cause rapiod heart beat?

Does Lipozene weight loss drug cause rapiod heart beat?

No: Lipozene is a dietary fiber supplement. Taking it is equivalent to eating a bowl of All-Bran. It does not cause rapid heart beat. However, paroxysmal atrial tachycardia is a very common entity. IF you're frequently troubled with it, see your doc for an accurate dx. PS, dieting can cause low potassium which increases the incidence of all cardiac arrhythmias - get your electrolytes checked! ...Read more

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What medication can be used along with seroquel weight gain? I've read about metformin and topamax (topiramate) Adderall 5mg caused weight loss before on seroquel

What medication can be used along with seroquel weight gain? I've read about metformin and topamax (topiramate) Adderall 5mg caused weight loss before on seroquel

The best: Solution is diet, exercise and burning off more calories than you take in. You need to discuss any potential medications with your doctor to make sure they're appropriate for you and won't have any harmful interactions. ...Read more

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Hi there medication available to assist with weight loss? I'm 40 and tested healthy in every aspect but just not losing weight.

Weight loss: Please see your doctor. He/she may refer you to a nutritionist. Try to avoid medication. Ask doc about low carb diet. How is your exercise level? Peace and good health. ...Read more

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What is the cause of weight loss?

What is the cause of weight loss?

When Intended..: Weight loss occurs when your caloric expenditure exceeds your caloric intake. If you are trying to come up with a weight loss plan, consult an expert to help you develop a personalized plan to meet your goals. If you are experiencing unintended weight loss, you should consult your doctor immediately. For more information on weight loss options, visit : doctorscotts. Com. Good luck! ...Read more

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What can cause sudden weight loss?

What can cause sudden weight loss?

Sudden weight loss: There are many medical conditions that can cause sudden weight loss. For example and over-active thyroid, stomach and bowel issues, and the list goes on. How much weight are you losing and how long has it been going on. Of course you must see your doctor to discuss this. ...Read more

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What medication can help me with weight loss?

What medication can help me with weight loss?

None, really: Not even the most recently released med for weight loss is a "magic bullet". The real secret to weight loss is healthful meals (lean protein, goods fats, low glycemic index carbs, colorful fruits & veggies, whole grains), portion control (use salad/dessert plate instead of dinner plate; no refills), & exercise to burn off calories. Support groups like weight watchers can help motivation. ...Read more

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Does manstrubation causes weight loss of body?

Does manstrubation causes weight loss of body?

A tiny bit: You will lose the amount of weight that is the weight of the semen you ejaculate! ...Read more

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What can be the causes of weight loss plateau?

What can be the causes of weight loss plateau?

Normal: Body in general does NOT want to lose weight. When we reach plateau, body defense mechanisms against weight loss are kicking in. Time then to change the work out in terms of type, intensity and make adjustments in diet. Discuss issues with nutritionist and certified athletic trainer to get you back on track. Hope this was helpful. Best of luck. Dr. R ...Read more

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What could cause a sudden weight loss of 10 pounds?

What could cause a sudden weight loss of 10 pounds?

How sudden?: Rapid weight gain could be due to fluid buildup or as a side effect of several drugs. See a doctor. ...Read more

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Doeshydrocephephalus, can this cause major weight loss?

Weight loss: Weight loss is not the major concern.
Loss of bladder control, memory loss, loss of reasoning skills, poor balance, slower movements are often the result of hydrocephalus.

If you are experiencing these or other symptoms like these you must see your doctor soon. ...Read more

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A little weight loss without trying, what could be the cause?

A little weight loss without trying, what could be the cause?

Weight loss: W/out trying indicates the need to find out why. There are a number of possibilities including lifestyle changes in activity and eating, hormones like thyroid. Please see your doctor to be safe. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Can eliminating soda from your diet cause a ton of weight loss?

A ton?: If a soda has 200 calories and you drink 1 per day that's 1400 calories per week. So you will lose weight. You will also feel much better as you won't be on the sugar rush/roller coaster all day. ...Read more

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What can be the causes of weight loss plateau and what should one do when he reaches that stage?

What can be the causes of weight loss plateau and what should one do when he reaches that stage?

Familiarity: When you reach a plateau with your weight loss it is usually because your body has become accustomed to what you are doing. It is important to change up your diet and exercise routine to "trick" your body into thinking something is different. You can change your form of cardio or add in some light weight lifting. Good luck! ...Read more

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Can sudden weight loss or gain cause gyno for some in their 20s? If so will it go away once nutrition is back to normal?

Can sudden weight loss or gain cause gyno for some in their 20s? If so will it go away once nutrition is back to normal?

If by "gyno": You mean gynecomastia or breast enlargement, the answer is definitely yes -- it can be caused by weight gain or use of anabolic steroids, There are other possible causes that need to be evaluated by your doctor. ...Read more

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Ok if modification of life-style does not work for weight loss and I want to take a medication so what is the best drug of choice?

Ok if modification of life-style does not work for weight loss and I want to take a medication so what is the best drug of choice?

Qsymia (phentermine and topiramate): I have had the best results with Qsymia (phentermine and topiramate) which was recently approved by the fda. The biggest issue is that you have to change your lifestyle while taking the pills or you will gain all the wt. Back immediately after stopping the medication. It can cause birth defects. A group-accountability program such as weight watchers has been shown to have the best results over time, especially for women. ...Read more

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I want to gain weight but I eat slowly. Is it true that this causes weight loss? If so how an I eat a little faster to gain weight?

Confusion: It is unlikely that you are eating so slowly as to be wasting away...However, it is true that if you scarf down your food you can eat well past when your body would have signaled you to stop due to satiety (=full), and put on weight. ...Read more

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Does topomax cause weight loss?

Does topomax cause weight loss?

Yes: Although it is an epileptic and a migraine preventive medication, weight loss is one of a common side effect. ...Read more

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Does clonazep cause weight loss?

Does clonazep cause weight loss?

Clonazepam: Nope. This addictive sedative is more likely to cause weight gain than weight loss. ...Read more

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How do diuretics cause weight loss?

How do diuretics cause weight loss?

Increase urination: Diuretics are a class of drugs that cause the kidneys to excrete a larger volume of urine. This can be a beneficial effect in patients with high blood pressure, congestive heart failure or soft tissue fluid retention.These are not generally used for weight loss except in those individuals retaining extra fluid. Can cause dehydration and electrolyte abnormalities in normal pts trying to lose weight. ...Read more

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Does staterra really cause weight loss?

Does staterra really cause weight loss?

Yes: Weight loss in one of the side effect due to this medication. For some people, this may be a good thing. For many people, however, unintended weight loss can be a problem. For example, weight loss can be a problem in growing children. ...Read more

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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