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Doctor insights on: Muscle Toning For The Morbidly Obese

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Is the weight watchers program safe and effective for the morbidly obese?

Is the weight watchers program safe and effective for the morbidly obese?

Yes.: Virtually any weight loss program will result in weight loss for someone who is morbidly obese over the short term. This could include something as easy as tracking calories, walking more or as elaborate as getting a personal trainer/chef or joining a health club or weight watchers program. The most important thing to consider is whether the weight loss will be sustainable over the long run. ...Read more

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Muscle (Definition)

It is a body tissue that has the ability to contract. It shortens and generates force. It relaxes and returns to its original length. Muscles move joints, stabilize the body, move air and food through the organs, act as valves for bladder, bowel and other organs. They control movement of the eyes. They help us express ourselves by changing the shape of our ...Read more


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Which exercises for losing weight in your thighs/butt are considered effective?

Which exercises for losing weight in your thighs/butt are considered effective?

Cardio Mix: You can not target specific areas for weight loss - if you have adipose tissue to lose (not everyone does), then consider an increase in cardio and a balanced diet. However, do not always do the same exercise or you will increase your risks for stress injuries. Mix things up with walking, running, biking, swimming, or circuit training. Ultimately you need to burn more than you consume. ...Read more

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Can you suggest tips/exercises for skinny guys on losing body fat and gaining lean muscle?

Can you suggest tips/exercises for skinny guys on losing body fat and gaining lean muscle?

Increase in cardio: If you have adipose tissue that you'd like to lose then consider an increase in cardio and a balanced diet. However, do not always do the same exercise or you will increase your risks for stress injuries. Mix things up with running, biking, swimming, or circuit training. Core exercises may build muscle, but to burn fat you need to burn more than you consume and cardio is key! ...Read more

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Any suggestions on how to lose body fat at certain regions while gaining muscle at others. Ex. Losing fat in glutes, gaining muscle in arms? Thanks

Any suggestions on how to lose body fat at certain regions while gaining muscle at others. Ex. Losing fat in glutes, gaining muscle in arms? Thanks

Exercise: to gain muscle in arms, you need to do resistance and weight training with your arms. to lose fat in your glutes, you need to eat less calories than you need in a day. A nutritionist can tell you how many calories you need. ...Read more

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What exercise are good for the morbidly obese person?

What exercise are good for the morbidly  obese person?

Any: Any increase in your physical activity is good for you. If your knees, back, etc hurt because of your weight consider low impact exercise like water aroebics or swimming. ...Read more

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Is BMI of 25 overweight or fat for normally thin person?

Is BMI of 25 overweight or fat for normally thin person?

Marginally: A bmi between 18 and 25 is considered normal, 25-30 overweight, over 30 obese. Having said that, some people, due to bone mass and the proportion of fat vs lean mass, can have a normal bmi but have too much body fat, or conversely can have a high bmi but have a normal amount of fat. ...Read more

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Can the obese lose weight slow enough that they could lose a pannus (hanging abdomen)?

Can the obese lose weight slow enough that they could lose a pannus (hanging abdomen)?

Not likely: The younger you are and the more healthy and elastic your skin is, the more likely it is to restructure after loss of weight (consider the restructuring of most pregnant women). But the seriously overweight and older lose this ability and will have excess skin that a cosmetic surgeon should be consulted for removal. ...Read more

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Which exercises to lose weight and tone up body are considered effective?

Which exercises to lose weight and tone up body are considered effective?

Cardio Mix: The best way to lose weight is cardio & a balanced diet. However, do not always do the same exercise or you will increase your risks for stress injuries. Mix things up w/ running, biking, swimming, or circuit training. Ultimately you need to burn more than you consume. Exercises such as crunches, planks, sit-ups, etc are good for toning the abdominal muscles, but cardio is best for weight loss. ...Read more

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BMI & ideal weight are quite confusing!I do strength training.I have lots of muscles huge chest n biceps.My BMI is 34.Is bodybuilding bad for health?

BMI & ideal weight are quite confusing!I do strength training.I have lots of muscles huge chest n biceps.My BMI is 34.Is bodybuilding bad for health?

BMI.: Technically speaking, BMI does not take into account body composition, only weight with respect to height. Muscle is more dense than fat, so thinner muscular people can have elevated BMIs. Your best bet would be to interpret your BMI along with a concurrent body fat analysis. If BMI is a bit high and body fat is low, then it's likely fine. Remember, it's just a number. ...Read more

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Why does BMI increase when one starts weight training and replacing fat with muscle mass? Weight increases while becoming leaner, but BMI increases?

Why does BMI increase when one starts weight training and replacing fat with muscle mass?  Weight increases while becoming leaner, but BMI increases?

Not perfect!: Bmi only takes into account weight and height. That is good enough for most people but for people that exercise a lot and have a lot of muscle it is not a good reflection of their actual fitness. Muscle weighs more than fat so the bmi can increase even though you are in better shape. Most pro athletes have bmis that are in the "wrong" range. Worry about your overall health and not the number. ...Read more

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Exercising on a stationary cycle beneficial or not for weight loss&reduction of abdominal obesity?

Exercising on a stationary cycle beneficial or not for weight loss&reduction of abdominal obesity?

Yes: As long as you exercise at a level that increases your heart rate sufficiently, an exercise bike will help you lose weight. As long as you do not increase your calorie intake, you should gradually lose weight as well as abdominal fat. ...Read more

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My trainer said, that people who used to be obese, then lost their weight, will notice having larger than average leg muscles, compared to others.?

My trainer said, that people who used to be obese, then lost their weight, will notice having larger than average leg muscles, compared to others.?

Yes if they r active: I have been suprize by how mascular is the legs of obese people are, this likely due to the extra weight that they have to carry around 24/7. This of course is until their movement and activity start to slow down, at then you will probably start seeing atrophy and loss of this mascular bulk. ...Read more

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Most trusted means to lose body fat when training for muscle growth?

Most trusted means to lose body fat when training for muscle growth?

Cardio exercise: Doing cardio is a great way to lose weight and body fat. Abdominal exercises will also help with losing belly fat. Strength training can help tone your arms and legs and add muscle mass. The other critical component is to eat a healthy diet. Lean protein, fruits, vegetables, and stay well hydrated. Reduce the amount of bread, rice, pasta, tortillas (carbs). ...Read more

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Weight lifting versus cardio, which is better for losing weight quickly?

Weight lifting versus cardio, which is better for losing weight quickly?

Weight loss: Cardio. However rapid weight loss is usually not desirable. Better to have a healthy life style and loss excess weight more slowly and then keep it off. ...Read more

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What is the ideal weight for a 5'0 ft women but they workout and lift weights.?

What is the ideal weight for a 5'0 ft women  but they workout and lift weights.?

112: Your recommended weight range is between 102 and 127 lbs. Your ideal will vary according to what weight you feel comfortable being, your energy level with a specific weight, whether you tend to be thinner or heavier, your cardiac risk factors, among other things, your bone mass... ...Read more

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Obesity (Definition)

Having too much body fat. It is different from being overweight, which means weighing too much. The weight may come from muscle, bone, fat, and/or body water. Both terms mean that a person's weight is greater than what's considered healthy for ...Read more