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Why is it hard for women to lose weight and men aren't?

Why is it hard for women to lose weight and men aren't?

That's a : Generalization. Men often have more muscle mass to burn calories effectively - so their rate of loss may be different. If a man is too aggressive with weight loss - he may catabolize more muscle . Muscle weight more than fat. Many men struggle with trying to lose weight. ...Read more

Dr. Linda Callaghan
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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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Why is it so hard to lose weight with thyroiditis?

Why is it so hard to  lose weight with thyroiditis?

Thyroid function?: If your thyroid function is under control then weight issues may not be related to your thyroid. ...Read more

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Why is it hard for women to lose weight after a triplet pregnancy?

Why is it hard for women to lose weight after a triplet pregnancy?

Depends: If the triplets were from fertility treatments - then those treatments do cause some issues with weight loss- either way the hormonal changes and usually the lack of any routine with eating well and exercising makes losing especially difficult after having 1 child - then triple all that with 3! good luck! ! ! ...Read more

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Why is it so hard to lose weight?

Why is it so hard to lose weight?

Access and time: The amount of processed food that is readily available has gone up tremendously and has led to its increased consumption. Moreover, the amount of actual physical activity that we get throughout the day has gone down. Kids don't walk and play as much. They spend more time in front of the tv. Adults have very little time for leisure activities. ...Read more

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Why is it so difficult for me to gain weight/muscle?

Why is it so difficult for me to gain weight/muscle?

WRONG DIET AND EXERC: Doing the correct exercises and doint themn correctly can improve muscle strenght and weight. Eating correctly can also help. ...Read more

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Why is it important to lose weight?

Why is it important to lose weight?

Health risks: Obesity can lead to reduced life expectancy and/or health problems. Body mass index (bmi) compares wt to ht; overweight bmi is 25-30 kg/m2; obese bmi is > 30 kg/m2. Obesity increases the likelihood of heart disease, obstructive sleep apnea, osteoarthritis, some types of cancer, type 2 diabetes. If you are not overweight then you do not need to lose weight. ...Read more

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Why is it easy for women over 40 to gain weight?

Why is it  easy for women over 40 to gain weight?

Metabolism, etc.: During lifespan women may face pregnancy, menopause, birth-control, pressure to lose weight & thus frustrating diets which can lead to weight gain due to metabolism shifts resulting in fat storage, & many other factors. Men tend to gain belly fat while women gain hip fat which is harder to lose. Healthy lifestyle with healthy food choices, fiber, sleep, exercise, and emotional calmness are helpful. ...Read more

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Why is it that the harder to lose weight, the more i gain?

Why is it that the harder to lose weight, the more i gain?

Metabolism, storage: When a person loses and gains it causes a shift in metabolism that may cause the body to store fat that is then harder to lose. It is best to establish a relatively consistent lifestyle with eating patterns (including healthy food choice, fiber), sleep, exercise and emotional calmness. A slow and steady shift is more sustainable and leads to better health. ...Read more

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I want to gain weight but i eat slowly. Is it true that this causes weight loss? If so how an i eat a little faster to gain weight?

Confusion: It is unlikely that you are eating so slowly as to be wasting away...However, it is true that if you scarf down your food you can eat well past when your body would have signaled you to stop due to satiety (=full), and put on weight. ...Read more

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Is it true that quitting smoking causes weight gain? If so would it be hard to get off? And how much weight would one expect?

Is it true that quitting smoking causes weight gain? If so would it be hard to get off? And how much weight would one expect?

Not Necessarily: You may gain weight -- usu <5 pounds -- bc food actually tastes good. Smoking causes you to lose taste sensation. Also, it creates a "hand to mouth" habit which leads some people to replace a cigarette with food. If you are aware of these things, it can keep you from over eating. Also, your lungs will be happier & you can exercise more! the benefits of quitting are far better than a few pounds. ...Read more

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Why is it so hard to maintain the weight after a sleeve gastrectomy? I have gained some weight back. Not happy about it.

Why is it so hard to maintain  the weight after a sleeve gastrectomy?  I have gained some weight back. Not happy  about it.

Maintain your diet: if you do not stay on special diet there is no surgery on earth is going to make you lose weight while you are eating whatever you want surgery supposed to be a tool for a new fresh start not a goal .that why every patient should go through a psychiatric avaluation before surgery enjoy the weight you lost and stick to a diet to maintain what you lost there is no free ride or magic trick. ...Read more

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Is it true that it's really easier to lose weight while having your periods?

Is it true that it's really easier to lose weight while having your periods?

Not necessarily: Many women put on fluid weight prior to their period. The water weight diureses off while menstruating. ...Read more

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It is really hard for me to gain weight, how can I gain wait healthy?

Diet: Chevkmwith a nutritionist to help you gain weight after youve had a physical by your doctor. ...Read more

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As someone gradually continues to lose weight it seems harder and harder to lose that last bit of fat, why is that exactly ?

Automatic adjustment: The body makes automatic adjustment to your metabolic rate and the amount of energy absorbed from food that runs contrary to your efforts to loose weight. Fat is needed as a storage mechanism for future energy needs. ...Read more

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Why do I gain weight even if it is a healthy thing I am eating? I can't seem to eat without gaining more weight and it is frustrating.

Why do I gain weight even if it is a healthy thing I am eating? I can't seem to eat without gaining more weight and it is frustrating.

Intake v use balance: in order not to gain weight, you need to find a way (physical activity) to use the calories or energy that you get from food..this varies from one person to another: get to know your body' balance limits ...Read more

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Why is it difficult for me to gain weight? Even though I do eat a lot.

Why is it difficult for me to gain weight? Even though I do eat a lot.

Leave it alone: If you are otherwise healthy do not worry about not putting on weight. In a few years you will start putting on weight and look back fondly at these years when you could eat any thing and not put on weight. Do exercise regularly to keep your muscles in shape. ...Read more

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Is it really possible to lose weight after age 50?

Is it really possible to lose weight after age 50?

Yes, for sure: For some it is more difficult. But there are lots of people who find a way. Exercise has to be part of it. Find a group or a friend to work on it together - some say that helps. ...Read more

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Why is my child starting to get skinny? How much weight loss is considered abnormal weight loss?

Why is my child starting to get skinny? How much weight loss is considered abnormal weight loss?

Weight loss: Is your child actually losing weight or are they getting taller/leaner? As kids grow they tend to lean up if they have an active life style and have a nutritious balanced diet. They are actually still gaining weight, albeit more slowly than they are gaining height so the effect makes them "skinnier". Unintentional weight loss is never considered normal, so if they are truly losing weight see peds. ...Read more