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Is soy milk healthy for someone trying to lose weight?

Is soy milk healthy for someone trying to lose weight?

Not particularly: Like everything else, it is O.K. In small amounts and bad with taking it in large amounts as a "health drink". If you want to lose weight stop all forms of sugar. ...Read more

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Dr. Sandra Eleczko
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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


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Im trying to lose weight so im changing the way i eat but I've heard stay away from dairy? What about almond/soy milk? & other healthy foods?

Im trying to lose weight so im changing the way i eat but I've heard stay away from dairy? What about almond/soy milk? & other healthy foods?

Nutrient dense foods: Eat foods that are nutrient dense (like meat, fish, poultry, eggs, cheese, low starch vegatables and water) avoid foods that are not nutrient dense (like starches and sugars, including fruit) nutrient dense foods will increase your basal metabolic rate. On the other hand, starches and sugars impair thyroid metabolism via affects on your liver (which helps activate thyroid hormone). ...Read more

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16 female trying to lose weight. Sometimes after dinner i drink smoothie of 4 oz soy milk, 1 banana, 1 tbsp unsweet cocoa and 2 tsp sugar. Is this bad?

16 female trying to lose weight. Sometimes after dinner i drink smoothie of 4 oz soy milk, 1 banana, 1 tbsp unsweet cocoa and 2 tsp sugar. Is this bad?

Very Very Bad: Sugar is the enemy. There is a pinch of protein in soy milk, but the rest of the smoothie you are ingesting is nearly one hundred percent sugar or carbohydrates. This is the worst kind of calories to be ingesting if you want to lose weight. Sugar is the enemy. Repeat once more: sugar is the enemy. ...Read more

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Does drinking soy milk cause weight gain?

Does drinking soy milk cause weight gain?

Calorie economics: Soy milk does not cause weight gain anymore than other food (including regular milk). Weight gain occurs when the total calorie intake exceeds the calories consumed by the body in activities, leading to storing away of the calories. In general, calories from all food sources not used are turned to fat and stored for later use. Portion control is important. Avoid drinking too much soy milk. ...Read more

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Does soy milk help in alleviating hot flashes of premenopause? Any risks or side effects since it has plant estrogen in it? Weight gain?

Does soy milk help in alleviating hot flashes  of premenopause?  Any risks or side effects since it has plant estrogen in it? Weight gain?

Soy: Ingesting soy milk is probably fine. Soy is a weak phytoestrogen when ingested as a food product, though some drug companies use soy as a base for their estrogen product. Do some label reading though as some soy milks have additives that increase the calories. Adding soy beans to salads or eating tofu is also a good source of soy. ...Read more

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I am a 61 year old woman who is a vegetarian. I eat nuts, eggs, fish, and cheese for protein. I am losing hair. The cause? I am not real fond of fresh greens, but i eat a lot of citrus fruit, and sometimes fresh green vegetables. I drink soy milk. Cou

I am a 61 year old woman who is a vegetarian.  I eat nuts, eggs, fish, and cheese for protein.  I am losing hair. The cause? I am not real fond of fresh greens, but i eat a lot of citrus fruit, and sometimes fresh green vegetables.  I drink soy milk.  Cou

There : There is a possibility that your hair loss could be from your diet (iron deficiency) or it could be from another cause such as a thyroid disorder, hereditary hair loss, over styling, a scalp condition, polycystic ovarian syndrome, or even lupus. Before just assuming it is your diet, you should give your doctor a call. They will be able to examine you and possibly run some simple blood test to rule out non-diet related reasons for hair loss. Many of these are treatable, so having the correct diagnosis is key! good luck! ...Read more

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6y10m old daughter w/ 3 dark, thin, pubic hair. No breast, axilae, bo, no diff in genitals.Since baby, 95 percent height/weight, soy milk bc allergies?

6y10m old daughter w/ 3 dark, thin, pubic hair. No breast, axilae, bo, no diff in genitals.Since baby, 95 percent height/weight, soy milk bc allergies?

Early adrenarche : A bone age x-ray would be helpful to determine if further investigation is currently warranted. If she is overweight, that needs to be controlled because early pubic hair is often seen in overweight kids who may then develop early puberty. Any secondary sexual development prior to age 8 in a girl should be medically followed. Pediatric endocrinologists are often consulted. ...Read more

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Does soy milk contain estrogen?

Does soy milk contain estrogen?

Not per se: Soy contains plant phytoestrogens which are weak (very weak) activators of the estrogen receptor. The word "estrogen" commonly refers to 17-beta-estradiol, the most potent of the estrogen receptor stimulators found in the natural human circulation. ...Read more

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Does soy milk affect fertility?

Does soy milk affect fertility?

No: Not if it is drunk in normal and non-excessive amounts. ...Read more

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How does soy milk help my diabetes?

How does soy milk help my diabetes?

Lactose is Sugar: Milk is one of the high sugar foods you can be consuming. Any milk that you ingest that lowers the sugar burden is better than regular milk. For my patients who insist on milk when they are diabetic i recommend non-sweetened almond milk. ...Read more

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Can soy milk be making 14 month old sick?

Can soy milk be making 14 month old sick?

Yes: Soy based milk can trigger an allergic or other reaction in an infant just like milk.In fact, 40% of infants and toddlers who are intolerant or allergic to cow milk are intolerant to soy. ...Read more

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What time should I drink soy milk everyday?

What time should I drink soy milk everyday?

Why drink soy?: Unless you are on certain medications (e.g. Doxycycline, thyroid supplements, etc) you probably don't need to time the soy milk intake. I would argue that you shouldn't be drinking soy milk everyday especially if you have history of thyroid disease. Soy(like other goitrogens) competes with thyroid hormone receptors in the body and may lead to low thyroid function. Why not try almond milk? ...Read more

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What occurs if i put lactase pills in soy milk?

Nothing: Soy milk does not contain lactose which is what your are breaking down with the lactase pills. Don't waste your money. ...Read more