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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


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Is it possible to maintain your weight just by eating healthy and not excercising?

Is it possible to maintain your weight just by eating healthy and not excercising?

Yes: It is possible to maintain your weight without exercise but not a healthy approach. Studies show that those who exercise are more successful in keeping weight off long term. I challenge you to make your goal a healthier you, not just a thinner you. In that case, exercise absolutely needs to be part of your life. Start simple with something you enjoy- take a walk, dance, take the stairs, yoga? ...Read more

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How to keep healthy after bilateral oophorectomy without hormone treatment - what are the important things to do other than healthy diet and exercise?

How to keep healthy after bilateral oophorectomy without hormone treatment - what are the important things to do other than healthy diet and exercise?

PMP Bone loss: Bone health after menopause has become an ever important issue for women. Weight-bearing exercise, dietary sources of calcium, vitamin d and calcium supplementation, minimize caffeine, don't smoke, maintain normal thyroid levels, minimize use of chronic steroids--all are important in maintaining good bone health. ...Read more

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What is the most important factor in staying healthy through the years? Diet or exercise?

What is the most important factor in staying healthy through the years? Diet or exercise?

Both!: That said, i favor exercise to maintain health. Regular exercise has many health benefits that are independent of weight. Meaning it is better to be overweight and fit, than normal weight but out of shape. I always push exercise first. Once that is a part of the regular schedule, work on healthy eating habits. Diet should include healthy foods and be in moderation. Hope that helps! ...Read more

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How to be consistent in healthy dieting and exercise?

How to be consistent in healthy dieting and exercise?

Diet exercise : It is very difficult to set up a routine in your diet and exercise. Keeping a journal can be helpful. Many apps are available like myfitnesspal for smartphones. Having a buddy to work out/eat with, can also help you maintain a routine. It takes our bodies about 2 weeks to develop a new habit. Like getting up early, you will be cranky for 2 weeks until you get used to your diet and exercise plan ...Read more

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I'm a severely overweight person (150kg/6ft). Trying to change this with diet and exercise. What are some good snacks that i can eat that are healthy?

I'm a severely overweight person (150kg/6ft). Trying to change this with diet and exercise. What are some good snacks that i can eat that are healthy?

Nutritionist: Fruits and vegetables including carrots, celery, berries, and even some nuts are healthy alternatives. You may want to discuss options with a nutritionist. ...Read more

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Can you tell me a program of sensible eating and exercise habits that keep weight at a healthy level?

Dr. Alvin Lin Dr. Lin
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Can you tell me a program of sensible eating and exercise habits that keep weight at a healthy level?

Many options . . .: There are many approaches to eating healthy. Mediterranean diet appears to have most evidence behind it plus it's free but it might not be for everyone. Check out http://health.usnews.com/best-diet as a start. When it comes to exercise, try walking. Add time, then speed. For strengthening, use body weight exercises. Check out my HealthTap answer http://goo.gl/5Tn53y. ...Read more

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How important is a healthy diet in addition exercising to lose weight?

How important is a healthy diet in addition exercising to lose weight?

It wins the battle: Exercising will burn some additional calories, compared to sitting around. However, if you don't learn portion control & modify your diet to eat better, it is unlikely any program you try will succeed. That piece of pie you reward yourself with because you "exercised" was worth an hour + on the treadmill. ...Read more

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What is the most important healthy lifestyle change to be healthier and happier, amidst dealing with certain health issues? (my case:PCOS, IBS, IBD)

What is the most important healthy lifestyle change to be healthier and happier, amidst dealing with certain health issues? (my case:PCOS, IBS, IBD)

Modified diet: Gluten free,dairy free diet. Visit drhoffman.com Avoid ferment able carbohydrates." Breaking the vicious cycle by Elaine Gotschall is a good reference. ...Read more

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What are the most important lifestyle changes to make after suffering a heart attack at a young age (diet, exercise etc)?

Dr. Chong Kim Dr. Kim
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What are the most important lifestyle changes to make after suffering a heart attack at a young age (diet, exercise etc)?

Life style change: Diet and exercise are important factors to change after a heart attack or stroke, but more importantly, changing the amount of stressors in ones life is more important. Cortisol, the stress hormone can be a big factor in strokes and heart attacks. Lowering cholesterol levels with statins is also important in reducing recurrent heart attacks and strokes. ...Read more

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In what ways have you changed your diet habits or exercise and become a healthier person?

In what ways have you changed your diet habits or exercise and become a healthier person?

Many things: I personally have given up artificial sweeteners, and all artificial foods. I have also made some simple changes in terms of food approach. Instead of taking foods away, i focus on adding at least 5 servings of veggies a day with some fruit. I also make myself do some exercise daily. If i don't feel like doing it, i make myself do at least 10 minutes because i always have 10 minutes. ...Read more

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What is the way to convince people of the need to healthy eating and exercise work, we are a society likes to eat a lot , our obesity rate is too high?

What is the way to convince people of the need to healthy eating and exercise work, we are a society likes to eat a lot , our obesity rate is too high?

Some ideas: Two things that may work are one: penalties/surcharges for unhealthy living choices(though it hasn't seemed to help too much with the tobacco tax) or significant benefits for healthy lifestyle choices(this is already happening in various health insurance organizations and job benefits). Otherwise it's incredibly difficult. Always keep trying to get the good word out! ...Read more

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Why is it important to maintain a healthy lifestyle?

Your health: can be a direct reflection of your lifestyle. ...Read more

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Are vegetables really that important in your diet?

Yes: Vegetables provide mineral, vitamins, fiber, folic acid. The fiber in vegetables is important to prevent constipation, and improve bowel movements. Good bowel movements, enables the body to get rid of toxins and cancer causing substances and maintains good colon health as well. It is good to have a balanced diet and include vegetables as part of the diet. ...Read more

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Docs, what's a program of sensible eating and exercise habits that keep weight at a healthy level?

Docs, what's a program of sensible eating and exercise habits that keep weight at a healthy level?

In reality: Focus on a diet rich in colorful veggies and fruits. If you are interested in a "commercial" diet, people fairly well on Jenny Craig and Weight Watchers. Exercise wise, remember, squeeze it in whenever you can and whatever gets your heart rate up ... try to get in at least 150 mins/week. ...Read more

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Could exercising more and changing to a healthy diet improve my circulation?

Could exercising more and changing to a healthy diet improve my circulation?

Yes: Low fat low cholesterol diets (heart healthy) diets help clean out the blood vessels and exercise improves circulation. Aerobic exercise is good for circulation while weight lifting (anaerobic exercise) may contribute to high blood pressure. ...Read more

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In what way can a pure vegetarian teen maintain a healthy diet. Meaning, what should he eat and not eat etc.?

In what way can a pure vegetarian teen maintain a healthy diet. Meaning, what should he eat and not eat etc.?

Your choice?: If this is a lifestyle being forced on you by your parents, you are well within your rights to refuse. The health benefits have resisted scientific demonstration, but the moral statement is powerful. Focus on fruits, grains and vegetables, avoid empty calories / junk, get plenty of protein (soy's good), and you must supplement (iron, b12, vitamin d, iodine, others). ...Read more

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How can we develop healthy eating habits in schoolchildren?

How can we develop healthy eating habits in schoolchildren?

Take it easy: Children's palettes take a while to develop. Putting too much pressure on them to eat a variety of foods when they don't want to could wind up having the opposite of your intended effect. That said, set a great example. Offer lots of choices. And make it fun. Because if it's fun you're likely to enroll them. If it's a burden, you're likely to push them in the wrong direction. ...Read more

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How early must I teach my child healthy eating habits and how do I teach little ones?

How early must I teach my child healthy eating habits and how do I teach little ones?

Before they are born: Teaching your child healthy eating starts with our own healthy eating. Society provides a regular message to children that encourages eating unhealthy foods. Children's tv is littered with advertisements for sugary cereals and beverages and we have a growing rate of obesity among toddlers. Parents in today's society will have to work hard to provide healthy food messages, modeling is the key. ...Read more

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I would like to lose some weight. Do you have any healthy eating habits?

I would like to lose some weight. Do you have any healthy eating habits?

See Dr., and then...: Helpful weight loss diets have natural foods that take time to chew but contain few calories. Examples include carrots, celery, and leafy lettuce (little or no salad dressing). When shopping for fruits, buy small ones no bigger than a tennis ball because fruits have sugar. Drinks without calories include water and green tea. A calorie is a calorie, but surely avoid sugar or simple starch calories. ...Read more

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My daughter is 5 yrs old but she has very low weight i.E. 13 kg. She is very normal and is active in all work she does. She has healthy eating habits?

My daughter is 5 yrs old but she has very low weight i.E. 13 kg. She is very normal and  is active in all work she does. She has healthy eating habits?

Growth parameters: To review with her pediatrician are height, head circumference, body mass index, & velocity of growth of all parameters. If her height & weight remain proportional, with bmi, head circumference & development within average (25th-75th %ile), she may yet reach the 5th %ile or >. Her small stature may be ok if rate of growth remains normal. If she has low weight for height, an evaluation is needed. ...Read more

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What are tips to establish healthy eating habits?

Take the first step: Limit carbs and minimize the intake of red meat, increase dietary protein, reduce the use of salt, no sodas diet or regular and get to the gym. In the gym do cardio 3x a week and strength training 3-4 times a week. It you can afford it, a personal trainer can help at least get you started with how to train. ...Read more

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Can you please discuss the importance of healthy eating habits?

Thank you: This is a very important question even if it sounds simple.Not only it prevents diseases, but it is such an essential component in the treatment of many conditions ! it is "contagious" in families and groups of friends. Fortunately, nowadays it s even considered trendy and "cool" for more and more people. ...Read more

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What are best ways to help kids develop lifelong healthy eating habits?

What are best ways to help kids develop lifelong healthy eating habits?

Show by example: Show the child what to eat by setting an example of what you eat this is a long process of many months to years. The amount of exercise will also have to be included. ...Read more

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What are the healthy eating habits for children with diabetes?

What are the healthy eating habits for children with diabetes?

Not enough room here: This is something kids & families dealing with diabetes will learn over time under the direct supervision of diabetes educators.This would include registered dietitians that are part of a team & remain available to the family to consult by phone when questions arise. This is not something you generalize & cover in the 400 characters available on this site. ...Read more

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Stress has taken a toll on my body, and have symptoms of low immunity (chronic inflammation issues), at 27 yrs old. Plan to improve lifestyle. How can I improve my immune system? Regular exercise, healthy eating, sleep? Anything else?

Stress has taken a toll on my body, and have symptoms of low immunity (chronic inflammation issues), at 27 yrs old. Plan to improve lifestyle. How can I improve my immune system? Regular exercise, healthy eating, sleep? Anything else?

Don’t overthink this: In spite of what you see in some media, there is virtually nothing you can do to “improve your immune system”. Don’t smoke, eat a balanced diet, and get some exercise regularly. Unless you have HIV, profound malnutrition, or a rare generic disease, lifestyle has almost no impact on your immune system. Supplement companies and some ‘alternative practiioners’ would love for you to believe otherwise ...Read more

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I have heard that the best way to lose weight is to do it by healthy eating and exercise but is there another faster way?

I have heard that the best way to lose weight is to do it by healthy eating and exercise but is there another faster way?

Intake and output: There are many ways to lose weight and the best way is through regular exercise and healthy eating. It's all about the calories that go in and the calories that one burns. The "faster" ways are generally not effective and not healthy. Besides, why the hurry? Don't we plan on being here a long time anyways? ...Read more

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I exercise but i think i need more help can anyone recomend a safe diet pill to add to my exercise and healthy eating?

I exercise but i think i need more help can anyone recomend a safe diet pill to add to my exercise and healthy eating?

Diet pills: If there were a 'safe' diet pill, everyone in america would take it. There is no pill for safe weight loss. Diet and exercise are key. Adding resistance to your workouts, or increasing reps and lifted pounds, within safe margins, is always a good idea. ...Read more

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What is more important for being healthy: eating right or exercising?

What is more important for being healthy: eating right or exercising?

Diet and exercise: A healthy diet and adequate exercise go hand in hand when it comes to improving your health and they aren't really exclusive of each other. Improving your diet is probably easier to get a handle on to start with because there may be physical limitations that take time to overcome or develop with regard to exercise. ...Read more

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Could I lose weight and improve fitness simply by healthy eating without exercise?

Could I lose weight and improve fitness simply by healthy eating without exercise?

Minimal: Make sure you exercise at least 30 minutes a day, don't skip meals, avoid soda, juice, dairy, alcohol and fried foods. Eat a healthy well balanced diet! also water, organic vegetable broth, green leafy vegetables, natural pickles, apples are great to fill you up so you dont feel hungry and they are very low in calories. ...Read more

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I work out with healthy eating and long walks, at home workouts. Also changing your eating habit help with unknown nausea?

I work out with healthy eating and long walks, at home workouts. Also changing your eating habit help with unknown nausea?

Nausea: I commend you for “healthy eating and long walks and at home workouts” Nausea can be due to stress, excessive Alcohol use, intolerance to some foods, overeating, medications, infection, Gall bladder disease, or ulcer. Consider eating less, eating slow and avoiding Alcohol. When you have nausea drink ginger ale, use Breathing and Music relaxation. See Physician for diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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I'm a 5'7" 158 pound, 21 year old female. I'm looking to lose 10 pounds with healthy eating & exercise. How many calories should I take in a day?

500/day less: There are about 3500 calories in one pound, so to lose 10 pounds, you will need to burn about 35, 000 more calories than you take in (through eating fewer calories each day and burning more through exercise). If you did no exercise and ate 500 cal per day less than usual you would lose about 1 pound per week/10 lbs in 10 weeks. Daily exercise will burn more calories and shorten your time to goal. ...Read more

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Need to know healthy eating habbits?

Need to know healthy eating habbits?

Eating Well: Eating well is a lifelong endeavor. There are many books and articles on the subject. However, common sense comes into play when choosing foods. A diet full of fried foods, white flour, heavy fats or lacking in fruits, salads and veggies is not optimum. ...Read more

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Dr. Thomas Namey
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Healthy Eating (Definition)

Healthy eating is focused on healthy foods that are low in saturated fat, sodium, sugar, and cholesterol. A healthy diet is centered around fruits, vegetables, lean protein, and ...Read more


Dr. Nathan Zasler
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Habits (Definition)

A recurrent, often unconscious pattern of behavior that is acquired ...Read more