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I was told your bones could shrink when you lose weight so underneath all this "flubber" I might be a size 6. Is that true?

I was told your bones could shrink when you lose weight so underneath all this "flubber" I might be a size 6.  Is that true?

See your PCP: Weight loss does not make your bones move. See your PCP for discussing your weight concern. It is an excellent place to start. ...Read more

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Dr. L. Collins
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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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How can I lose weight without exercising when I have cervical injury(broken beauty bone)?

How can I lose weight without exercising when I have cervical injury(broken beauty bone)?

Electrical stimulati: Electronic muscle stimulation (E.M.S) is a revolutionary muscle exercise concept for use in your own home. Body shaper home muscle stimulator systems are portable, light weight electronic workout units that have been scientifically designed and proven to exercise body muscles fast, efficiently & effectively through a series of stimulated contraction & relaxation phases. Helps with pain&weight loss. ...Read more

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I have broplems in my bones ,and i cann't lose weight b coues i take midecn ,can you help me?

I have broplems in my bones ,and i cann't lose  weight  b coues i take midecn  ,can you help me?

Midencn? NotTheIssue: You are believing untruths. What problems with what bones; there are a huge number of different bone problems? Loosing wt always a function of what & how much is eaten combined with body use for function & rebuilding. Everyone looses wt if intake reduced enough, even if they are sedentary. Carbohydrates are most prone to drive ?ed body fat. Fats (of natural origin) are least likely to be stored. ...Read more

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I was trying to lose weight in the gym but i have serious bones and muscles problems, so i cant do most things. What can i do now?

I was trying to lose weight in the gym but i have serious bones and muscles problems, so i cant do most things. What can i do now?

Stubborn belly: Consult a personal trainer or exercise physiologist to learn the proper way to effectively exercise and strength your core. Adopt a 'clean' diet, free of pre-packaged and fast foods. Drink plenty of water! ...Read more

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How can I lose weight with multiple broken bones?

How can I lose weight with multiple broken bones?

Wait for recovery: It is very difficult to lose weight when trying to recover from broken bones. Broken bones (fractures) require proper nutrition for healing. In addition, broken bones often limit mobility and the ability to exercise. In general, I advise my patients to maintain proper nutrition until their bones are healed which will allow them to return to exercise and dieting as necessary. ...Read more

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I m 21 male wt 95 kg height 5'11"; fractured in calcaneus (heel bone) how to lose weight in this condition i should rest or use crutcher for walking?

I m 21 male wt 95 kg height 5'11"; fractured in calcaneus (heel bone) how to lose weight in this condition i should rest or use crutcher for walking?

Fractured Heel : I would suggest to use crutches. Keeping weight off the heel will increase your chances of a better recovery. It's summer time think about getting into a swimming routine - it will help you burn off the calories and tone your muscles. Wish you well on your recovery . ...Read more

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Have multiple bone growths on right hip making constant pain, need to loose weight to reduce pain but hurt to much, were do I start?

Have multiple bone growths on right hip making constant pain, need to loose weight to reduce pain but hurt to much, were do I start?

See an Orthopedist: If not previously evaluated by an ortho, you need to be. If these are bone tumors, that is especially serious. You need to be examined, possible investigations include x-rays, MRI and blood work. ...Read more

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Will a hernia shrink as you lose weight on a diet?

Will a hernia shrink as you lose weight on a diet?

No: A hernia is essentially a hole in your abdominal wall musculature. Therefore once it is present there is nothing you can do to make the hole shrink or disappear on its own. Surgical repair is required. ...Read more

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Where do fat cells "go" when you lose weight? Are they excreted? I doubt they 'turn into' muscle cells. Do they just "shrink?" want to understand.

Where do fat cells "go" when you lose weight? Are they excreted? I doubt they 'turn into' muscle cells. Do they just "shrink?" want to understand.

They shrink: The fat cells store fat. If the fat is used up, the cells shrink to a smaller size. If one overeats, there is more fat formed in the body. The fat cells take up that fat, growing bigger in the process. If the fat is again used up, the fat cells shrink in size again. ...Read more

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How can you shrink thighs, get rid of cellulite and lose weight fast?

How can you shrink thighs, get rid of cellulite and lose weight fast?

Diet & Exercise: Depends on your starting weight and your goal weight but the cornerstone of all management options is diet & exercise. A small subgroup of patients have a familial tendency to being larger from the waist down and these patients do not change dramatically in the lower bodies even with massive weight loss secondary to bariatric surgery. See your dietition & plastic surgeon for your best option. ...Read more

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Does your head shrink when you lose weight?

Does your head shrink when you lose weight?

Head size: No head size once you have grown is fixed - you may see a loss of the fat from around the neck but the head size will be the same. ...Read more

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I want to lose weight but I keep having the urge to eat. I would like to lose my appetite a bit and also shrink my stomach so I won't eat as much. What can I do first?

I want to lose weight but I keep having the urge to  eat. I would like to lose my appetite a bit and also shrink my stomach so I won't eat as much. What can I do first?

Get hungry!: If you are serious about losing weight, GET HUNGRY, and stay that way. Rather than eleiminating your hunger you need to reframe it in your mind. Hunger is a sign you are putting in less than you are using, and thus buring excess weight, and is a good feeling if you need to lose weight. Eating small volumes of food for an extended period of time is the only non-surgical way to shirnk your stomach. ...Read more

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What do the experts think, should my breast size shrink a lot if i lose weight?

What do the experts think, should my breast size shrink a lot if i lose weight?

Breast size: It is likely that a certain amount of your overall fat loss will come from breast tissue but the actual amt. Can't really be predicted. ...Read more

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Since bc and ooph I have severe osteo and have put on 10 kilos, because I have no estrog. How can I lose this weight & not more bone loss?

Since bc and ooph I have severe osteo and have put on 10 kilos, because I have no estrog. How can I lose this weight & not more bone loss?

Estrogen loss?: At your age, you should be on Estrogens to lessen risk for osteoporosis and cardiovascular disease prevention! but estrogen deprevation does not causes weight gain per se. It is likely to be caused by diet, lack of exercise, or other hormonal issues! but a better diet and more exercise is a cornerstone for weight loss, no matter the cause for weight gain! ...Read more

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Can losing weight display more facial bone structure?

Can losing weight display more facial bone structure?

Yes: Just like any other part of your body your face "gains weight" your facial structure can become more defined with weight loss. ...Read more

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Im obesed 340 lost 30 knees & leg pain poss bone n bone dr wont consider knee replacement also have COPD trying to lose more weight what options have?

Im obesed 340 lost 30 knees & leg pain poss bone n bone dr wont consider knee replacement also have COPD trying to lose more weight what options have?

Delay surgery: Based on your present state of health, proceeding with total knee replacement surgery now will put you at increased risk for medical complications and infection. A knee replacement surgery is safest to perform when the patient's bmi is under 40 and any medical conditions you may have are under good control. Ask your surgeon for a preop physical therapy referral to help with weight loss now. ...Read more

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I'm losing weight on my head. My eye bones are showing and my cheek bones are poking out kinda far. Pluse my head got smaller. I do not do crack. I smoke weed and cigarettes. And I big below my neck everything is normal. ?

I'm losing weight on my head. My eye bones are showing and my cheek bones are poking out kinda far. Pluse my head got smaller. I do not do crack.  I smoke weed and cigarettes. And I big below my neck everything is normal. ?

Get checked out: There is a couple of different medical problems that could explain your situation. However, you will need to have a complete physical and probably lab tests to determine the cause. Best of luck. ...Read more

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I broke my 5th metatarsal in my right foot and i'm down for 6wks. Can i lose weight by drinking protein shakes & still promote bone healing?

Losing weight: Maybe if your total calories decrease by the increased number in the shakes. Even though you may be "down" or off your feet for 6 weeks, you can still do upper extremity work outs or core exercises to burn off calories. A healthy diet is best, protein shakes are really for increasing muscle mass, not losing weight. You may gain more weight without extra bone healing benefit. ...Read more

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I have a lump below my breast bone, between lower rib cage, and upper abdomen area. I've had weight lose over the past two months as well.

I have a lump below my breast bone, between lower rib cage,  and upper abdomen area.  I've had weight lose over the past two months as well.

Suggest evaluation: This can be evaluated by physical exam, however, you may be describing the xiphoid process. It is a bony prominence below the sternum. ...Read more

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Pain in leg lumps near shin bones. 36 weeks preg. Losing muscle mass and weight. Lumps movable. Docs not sure. Appeared suddenly. Lots of leg pain too.

Discuss with Doc: Lumps on you legs at 36 weeks of pregnancy could be either prominent fatty collections call lipoma or from prominent veins or varicosities. Elevation of your legs should help. Both can be palpated under the skin and appear mobile. Loss of muscle mass can be from lack of activity , if you you have been slowing down. The weight loss is more of a concern and would discuss this with your obstetrician. ...Read more

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What kind of exercises does the u.S. Army use to lose weight at boot camp?

What kind of exercises does the u.S. Army use to lose weight at boot camp?

Intense Running/walk: The key is intense, long & repetitive, i.e. Very hard workout, well beyond what most civilians are accustomed to. Though most calories are burned in repairing & maintaining our body, see: nusi.Org, exercise can impact. 1 lb fat=6-12 hrs intense repetitive workout, done for weeks on end will burn off fat. Additionally, many people engaging in repetitive intense exercises, change how & what they eat. ...Read more

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Will I ever lose weight?

Will I ever lose weight?

Yes, it's possible.: First you should speak with your primary doctor. There could be a medical reason why you can't. Maybe you snore and have sleep apnea, if that does not work go see a obesity specialist. You could find one at asbp.Org. The bariatric specialist will evaluate you and will recommend an integrated program including a dietician, counseling, and excercize (such as a 5 min walk to start.) you can do it! ...Read more

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Best diet to lose weight?

Best diet to lose weight?

One you stick with: Need to have ample protein, decreased calorie intake, spend more calories (increase activity). Consumers reports rated diets recently. Dash diet (diet approach to stop hypertension) is a good one: balanced, ample antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, tasty, easy. Can go online. Lots of others. Some want no guesswork-preordered fixed calorie meals, snacks; ok too. Weight watchers, jcraig work too. ...Read more

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Bone (Definition)

Bone is a living growing tissue made mostly of collagen (protein that provides soft framework) & the mineral calcium phosphate that adds strength & hardens the framework. Two types of bone are found in the body; cortical (dense compact outer layer) & trabecular (makes up inner layer, ...Read more