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Dr. Lisa Saponaro
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Overweight (Definition)

Nearly two-thirds of the United States population is overweight. There are many ways to determine if a person is overweight, but experts believe that a person's body mass index (BMI) is the best way to assess an adult's weight in relation to their height. * A BMI between 18.5 and 24.9 is considered normal. * Adults with a BMI between 25 and 29.9 are considered overweight. There are exceptions. For example, an athlete may have a higher BMI but not be overweight. * Adults with a BMI greater than 30 are considered obese. * Adults with a BMI greater than or equal to 40 are considered extremely obese. * Anyone more than 100 pounds overweight is considered morbidly obese. A person with a high BMI may have a normal amount of body fat is they have ...Read more


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When is the best time to exercise if overweight?

When is the best time to exercise if overweight?

Good for weight loss: For weight loss, it's good to exercise before breakfast as you'll better tap into your fat stores for energy. This caloric deficit will help you lose weight, and the early morning exercise will elevate your metabolism for the day. ...Read more

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How should an extremely overweight person exercise?

How should an extremely overweight person exercise?

By not letting...: Don't let your weight be your enemy! that means avoid activities where you carry full body weight. Good activities included cycling (outdoors or with machine), swimming, using a rowing machine. Lifting weights with a resistance machine. Many others! ...Read more

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Child overweight, doesn't want to exercise, what to do?

Child overweight, doesn't want to exercise, what to do?

Childhood obesity: A growing problem in our country is childhood obesity. The dietary education is slowly happening in schools, but there needs to be an emphasis on regular exercise as well. I would suggest finding an activity they think is fun...Dance, soccer, karate, and encouraging it. Also, make them turn off the electronics for an hour or so a day, and engage in activities. The video games and apps can wait. ...Read more

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I'm overweight. But I don't have time to exercise. What can I do?

I'm overweight. But I don't have time to exercise. What can I do?

Eat fewer calories: Obesity can be prevented or overcome by a permanent change in lifestyle and in personal outlook. If a person eats fewer calories than he needs to live on each day, his body will use up his stored fuel (fat). This works even if a person does not exercise. The tricky part is finding very low-calorie foods or drinks, and having the willpower to stick to a plan. A doctor can help evaluate a diet plan. ...Read more

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What is the best exercise for someone who is overweight and inactive?

What is the best exercise for someone who is overweight and inactive?

Exercise: Begin with a daily walk of at least a half an hour. Gradually increase to 3 miles a day, and then gradually get the time for the 3 miles down to an hour or less, you can start doing light weight work 3 days a week also. It is important not to push too fast on progression. An increase every 2 weeks is plenty. Be sure to keep your caloric intake to 1500cal/day or less if you want weight loss. ...Read more

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I have never exercised a day in my life and am overweight. Wanna get in shape. What is the best exercise to start with.

I have never exercised a day in my life and am overweight. Wanna get in shape. What is the best exercise to start with.

Walking: Is the best exercise. However, if you walk 1 mile only, you will burn up only 100 calories, about one 5th of a single doughnut. Restrict your diet to god made food. ...Read more

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I am overweight. How should I start my exercise activity?

I am overweight. How should I start my exercise activity?

Gradually: Walking is a good start for those who have been inactive. Perhaps 10 minutes 4-5 days a week. Increasing over the course of several weeks perhaps up to 30 minutes 4 times a week. Using light weights to tone your muscles can also be helpful. Slow down if you have any new pain. Good luck! and don't forget smaller portions and don't drink calories. Losing weight won't come just with exercise. ...Read more

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How can I fit exercise into my work schedule? I hate being overweight!

How can I fit exercise into my work schedule? I hate being overweight!

Use up the calories: Anything that uses energy (calories) will help one lose weight, as long as he doesn't eat or drink back more calories right after the activity. Examples: if walking, take a longer route; use stairs instead of elevators; take multiple trips to and from the car when unloading groceries; park a block from school and walk there with the kids; at home, skip dessert and go walk around the block instead. ...Read more

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Do you have any exercise tips and advice for someone who is overweight?

Exercise: Mediterranean diet and an hour a day of aerobic exercise plus strength traing at least three days a week. Important to find exercise you will do regularly rather than which exercise. Build intensity slowly, you are in for the long run and do not want injuries or burn out. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Exercise Or Physical Activity (Definition)

Exercise is a physical activity that is completed to maintain or improve health. Benefits of exercise include weight maintenance, improving mood, increasing energy, preventing or controlling chronic diseases, promoting better sleeping, and improving sex life and libido. ...Read more