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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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Will water fasting for three weeks provide dramatic weight loss?

Will water fasting for three weeks provide dramatic weight loss?

Water weight only: No! learn to eat properly before it's too late. Learn to eat less, and exercise more. You need something you can follow the rest of your life - not 3 weeks of insanity you heard about from friends, tv or the internet. ...Read more

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Is there a best time of day to excercise to lose weight? And how much is safe to lose per week? If you're heavier, will the weight loss be faster?

Is there a best time of day to excercise to lose weight? And how much is safe to lose per week? If you're heavier, will the weight loss be faster?

Before meals: The best time is before meals. Initially weight loss can be rapid due to water/fluid loss, and then will gradually reduce thereafter if the exercise continues, and the appropriate diet is used. ...Read more

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Is a weight loss goal of only 1/3 of a pound per week too insignificant? deficit of only 200 calories a day?

Is a weight loss goal of only 1/3 of a pound per week too insignificant? deficit of only 200 calories a day?

Weight loss: 1/3 of a pound a week is OK. The more rapidly you lose weight the more new clothing you will need. Take your time and enjoy the next 60 or more years ahead of you. ...Read more

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How fast will i see weight loss? I am eating about 800-1000 calories a day working out 3 times a week? I am 5'1 155 lbs

How fast will i see weight loss? I am eating about 800-1000 calories a day working out 3 times a week?  I am 5'1 155 lbs

3500 Calories is 1lb: You can calculate your daily calorie requirement to maintain your weight is 2500 calories for your weight and exercises.So if you consume 1000 calories you will loose approx 3lbs of real body weight in one week. ...Read more

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I recently started doing HIIT at 2-3 days per week for overall weight loss, focusing on core. I'm thinking of doing it 5 or more days now. Thoughts?

I recently started doing HIIT at 2-3 days per week for overall weight loss, focusing on core. I'm thinking of doing it 5 or more days now. Thoughts?

Lean,Mean,Machine: NO! You need to recover for at least a day, 2 or 3 would be better. And in-between do other physical activities. Plus, do it too much and you might burn-out on it. That would be a shame. Also, you may not get the weight reduction results you want because of the possible increase in muscle mass, but the fat will decrease if you keep it up... Lean, mean sprinting machine... ...Read more

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Anyone know what is a safe weight loss per week to avoid saggy skin?

Anyone know what is a safe weight loss per week to avoid saggy skin?

Won't affect it: The rate you lose weight at will not affect the sagging of your skin. It has been stretched and will not return back to it's prior state without surgery. Weight loss is good, and best when slow and steady, but it can't return your skin to normal. ...Read more

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I'm 235 lbs w/23% body fat. My goal is 13% BF. Can I expect to be at 13% w/20 lbs weight loss or too simplistic? I lift x 6 days a week run x 5

I'm 235 lbs w/23% body fat. My goal is 13% BF.  Can I expect to be at 13% w/20 lbs weight loss or too simplistic? I lift x 6 days a week run x 5

Too simplistic: As you lift and gain muscle, your weight is likely to rise (muscle weighs more than fat), so there is no way of predicting how much overall weight you need to lose in order to reduce your body fat. If you lost 20 lbs of fat, that would likely get you close to your goal. I would avoid trying to achieve particular numbers and instead rely on how you feel. ...Read more

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Dr. Ihab Ibrahim
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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