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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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I used two calculators to find my target heart rate, with different results. One used my resting heart rate. Which should I use for losing weight?

I used two calculators to find my target heart rate, with different results. One used my resting heart rate. Which should I use for losing weight?

No magic number: There's no perfect number. Here a good rule of thumb. Subtract your age from 220. This is your maximum predicted heart rate. Multiple by 60%. This is your recommended target heart rate. Example: age 44. 220-44=176. 0.6x 176=105. 105 is your target. Remember: you'll lose more weight by reducing your intake than by trying to burn it up. Any exercise at any heart rate is beneficial for dieters. ...Read more

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What should my calorie intake be to lose weight? My first Doctor said 1200 but calculators say 2100. 310lbs 5'3" female 22 years old. Thank you!

What should my calorie intake be to lose weight? My first Doctor said 1200 but calculators say 2100. 310lbs 5'3" female 22 years old. Thank you!

It depends: Do you want to sustain your weight or lose weight? It may be best to consider weight loss since a 5'3" frame will have diffculty sustaining that weight over time without joint damage. Your calorie recommendations are extremes on a spectrum. I would suggest starting at 2500 carefullly counted for 2 months are drop by 100 every 2 months until you get to 1500. Return to 1800 when at goal weight. ...Read more

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When it comes to weight loss, what percentage of work needed is food related and what percentage is exercise related?

When it comes to weight loss, what percentage of work needed is food related and what percentage is exercise related?

Different Approach: Weight loss is not "food related or exercise related". It is the sum total of energy in and energy out. When you exercise, you use up energy (burn calories). When you eat, you store energy (consume calories). If you take any more than you burn up, you gain weight. Without cutting some calories, it is difficult to lose a significant amount of weight. ...Read more

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At what percentage involuntary weight loss is it time to see the doctor?

At what percentage involuntary weight loss is it time to see the doctor?

Depends: If you're concerned enough to be asking us, then it's enough of a concern to ask your doctor. There are no hard and fast rules, it depends on the specifics of your situation. ...Read more

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What percentage of proteins, fats and carbohydrates should be for good feeling and weight loss?

What percentage of proteins, fats and carbohydrates should be for good feeling and weight loss?

Any healthy: well-balanced diet is acceptable, but the most important thing is to reduce caloric intake and exercise more to burn off more calories. It's 3500 calories to gain or lose a pound. ...Read more

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Quick efficient weight loss?

Quick efficient weight loss?

Just be sensible.: The real key to weight loss is to just watch the size of your portions at meals, eat healthy, and exercise regularly. There's no radical diet or exercise plan or pill that will magically give you meaningful and sustained weight loss. The ol' fashioned way is still be best way to lose weight for the long term. Two pounds per week is a prudent rate of loss. ...Read more

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How can I avoid weight loss?

How can I avoid weight loss?

See your doctor: While weight loss can be due to depression, hyperthyroidism, diabetes, or medication or just not eating. If you are having unexplained weight loss, you should see your doctor. He can run tests to rule out most causes of weight loss. ...Read more

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How can you stop weight loss?

How can you stop weight loss?

Reverse the cause: A person with normal body weight should not lose weight for no apparent reason. A doctor can help find the cause, and begin an corrective treatment. When the cause is stopped, the person's weight should become normal again. Causes include diseases such as thyroid disorders, cancers, digestion and absorption problems, eating disorders, infections, excessive exercise, medicine effects, etc... ...Read more

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Is jogging good for weight loss?

Is jogging good for weight loss?

Great 4 weight loss.: Jogging, any form of cardiovascular exercise for that matter, is great for weight loss. You can only eat so little, so adding exercise like jogging allows you to eat good quantities of healthy low-fat foods while still losing weight by helping your body metabolize the calories more efficiently and burn calories through the extra energy expenditure. Good idea! ...Read more

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Best iphone app for weight loss?

Best iphone app for weight loss?

There are many!: My fitness pal is very good but so are calorie counter by fat secret.Com and diet and calorie tracker by sparkpeople.Com. ...Read more

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How does myalli weight loss work?

How does myalli weight loss work?

Block fat absorption: Alli works by blocking some of the absorption of fat. It is supposed to be combined with dietary changes which reduce the overall fat intake and portion sizes. Several pills are taken throughout the day (prior to meals). The side effects may include abdominal pain and rectal leakage of some of those fats that go unabsorbed. ...Read more

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Foods that help with weight loss?

Foods that help with weight loss?

Less of them: At the end of the day you have to eat less, and balancing calories through the course of the day will help. Journal what you eat. Most people eat 33% more cal than they think they do. ...Read more

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Suggest me diet for weight loss ?

Suggest me diet for weight loss ?

Agree w Dr. Baker: There are many helpful weight loss programs available. For sustainable weight loss - life style change is essential. Eat healthfully ; be physically active. 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. You can mix ; match different kinds of physical exercise. ...Read more

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Are weight loss patches effective?

Are weight loss patches effective?

Somewhat: Patch will work but you would have to use additional methods too. Any one product is not effective - some patch has sea kelp which helps thyroid, some has anti- inflammatory products some have carnitine so each helps in a small way. ...Read more

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Is hgc safe to use for weight loss?

Is hgc safe to use for weight loss?

NO: Six studies have been done to date to see the benefit of HCG (human chorionic gonadotropin). All but one study showed "no benefit" in weight loss. Furthermore the body can take this and use it to make other sex hormones possibly resulting in high levels of hormones that can be harmful as well. Various state medical boards have decided that physicians using this border on quackery. ...Read more

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What are some tips for weight loss?

What are some tips for weight loss?

It's not: Rocket science. Eat less, exercise more and feel better as you lose weight. You need to burn off 3500 calories that you don't take in to lose one pound. Avoid greasy, fast food. Avoid supplements and pills. Don't get your medical advice from friends, tv or the internet. Programs like weight watchers can provide valuable info and support. Good luck. ...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