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Doctor insights on: Strength Training For Women Over 50 To Lose Weight

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I need to lose weight. Would strength training be a good idea?

I need to lose weight. Would strength training be a good idea?

That is one part of: a smart weight loss program. Eat healthfully. Try to eat at least 5 servings of vegetables & 4 of fruit per day. Increase nutritional fiber. Avoid refined sugar & junk carbohydrates. Avoid alcohol, sweetened juices, soda & caffeinated beverages. 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 cardio & weight training. ...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


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Is it possible to lose weight and get toned simultaneously? Or does the scale automatically increase with strength training?

Is it possible to lose weight and get toned simultaneously? Or does the scale automatically increase with strength training?

Fat turns to muscle: so the number on the scale may not go down if you loose weight and exercise. You are eventually likely to feel better and look better, more healthy look. Peace and good health. Lower carb and higher protein is one way to go but your doc will tell you what may suit you best. ...Read more

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Why should I take time from emphasizing walking/bike riding to do strength training or yoga? Goal is to lose weight.

Why should I take time from emphasizing walking/bike riding to do strength training or yoga? Goal is to lose weight.

Strength training : Builds lean muscle mass which increases your metabolism allowing you to burn more calories for the same workout and you can make weight training a cardio event as well. Yoga can allow you to better focus on your goal while maintaining flexibility with your exercising to help minimize muscle aches and injuries for a well balanced workout of body and mind! ...Read more

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Approximately 20 minutes again on the lower and upper body. these strength training workouts arent hiit and don't involve cardio. lose weight?

Approximately 20 minutes again on the lower and upper body. these strength training workouts arent hiit and don't involve cardio. lose weight?

Best program is-: -calorie deficient diet, adequate hydration, protein intake, & a weight training program set up by an AT-C @ a health club that fulfils Ur needs & is adapted 2 Ur abilities. 1 day weights next day CARDIO & repeat. This way U will become fit, stronger and healthier. Takes persistence & dedication. Push Ur self as able. ...Read more

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What strength training exercises can I do without lifting weights to tone up and lose weight?

What strength training exercises can I do without lifting weights to tone up and lose weight?

There are options: You could do isometric exercises. This means that you use your own body to create resistance. Imagine pushing against a door that is already locked, this generates muscle contraction but you aren't lifting anything heavy. Also aqua aerobics is a good option. You will have resistance from the water but again you don't have to lift anything heavy. Talk to your primary doctor to get their blessing. ...Read more

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Need tips on strength training diet and cardio for losing weight?

Need tips on strength training diet and cardio for losing weight?

Weight loss: 90% of weight loss is from dieting. 10% from exercise. Controlling caloric intake as well as limiting processed foods high in sugar will help reduce fat accumulation. To lose weight just through exercise (fat loss) requires burning 3500 calories to lose just one pound of fat. Strength training will increase muscle weight and reduce fat. Aerobics at low intensity will help burn fat. ...Read more

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I know that muscle weighs more than fat but will I eventually lose the weight that I gained from starting strength training?

I know that muscle weighs more than fat but will I eventually lose the weight that I gained from starting strength training?

Eventually: As you work out more, your body's composition will change with relatively more muscle and less fat. At this point I would worry less about weight and more about body fat%. The Naval Research Lab has an easy tape method for determining body fat composition. Apps are available for free download at Apple store or Google. Thanks for trusting HealthTap! ...Read more

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24 female 156 pounds 2 days of cardio, 2 days of strength training a week healthy diet- what should be my goal weight and body fat % goals?

24 female 156 pounds 2 days of cardio, 2 days of strength training a week healthy diet- what should be my goal weight  and body fat % goals?

Sounds good already: Depending on your build and height, 156 lbs actually is good considering the current obesity in us. So if you are 5ft6 or 6ft7, you are just a few lbs above ideal, but remember that muscle is heavier than fat. Being plump and active is better than nl wt and a couch potato. Body fat 20-30% is good for a female. So, eat well, sleep well, and keep up the good work. Good luck and happy new year. ...Read more

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Strength Training (Definition)

Strength training is to improve muscle mass. This can come from lifting weights, yoga, circuit training, etc. It is great at all ages but definitely needed to stop ...Read more