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How can I lose weight if my job is to sit down and teach for several hours?
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Thomas Wolski Jr
General Practice
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In brief: In vs Out
Losing weight comes down to a simple (but frustrating) concept: calories taken in vs calories burned off.
So yes, having a job that requires us to be more sedentary does make it a little more difficult to lose weight. But not impossible! start with sleep. Getting to bed earlier will help you get up earlier and have a half hour for a morning workout. Keep veggies or almonds nearby. You can do it!

In brief: In vs Out
Losing weight comes down to a simple (but frustrating) concept: calories taken in vs calories burned off.
So yes, having a job that requires us to be more sedentary does make it a little more difficult to lose weight. But not impossible! start with sleep. Getting to bed earlier will help you get up earlier and have a half hour for a morning workout. Keep veggies or almonds nearby. You can do it!
Thomas Wolski Jr
Thomas Wolski Jr
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Dr. Phil Zapanta
Also, try taking the elevators instead of the stairs, avoid taking short-cuts around campus and walk an extra block, etc. Doing all these things over a year can add up!
Dr. Seema Patel
Holistic Medicine
In brief: Exercise, eat less
To lose weight, decrease 500cal/day to lose one pound/week.
Exercise 150min/week (30min/day-just walk). You can increase non exercise activity by getting up every hour to walk, walk up the steps, park far away, pace while on the phone-this activity all adds up to help burn calories. Drink more water and eat nutrient rich foods but calorie low like fruits/veggies, lean meats.

In brief: Exercise, eat less
To lose weight, decrease 500cal/day to lose one pound/week.
Exercise 150min/week (30min/day-just walk). You can increase non exercise activity by getting up every hour to walk, walk up the steps, park far away, pace while on the phone-this activity all adds up to help burn calories. Drink more water and eat nutrient rich foods but calorie low like fruits/veggies, lean meats.
Dr. Seema Patel
Dr. Seema Patel
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Dr. Quang Nguyen
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
In brief: Mix it up
You don't have to sit to teach, you can stand and walk around while teaching.
There are also many exercises you can do while sitting. The whole idea is to be innovative, always thinking about ways to expend energy in your current situation. You can also add a walk at lunch... Your job add a little bump in the road but it's not impossible.

In brief: Mix it up
You don't have to sit to teach, you can stand and walk around while teaching.
There are also many exercises you can do while sitting. The whole idea is to be innovative, always thinking about ways to expend energy in your current situation. You can also add a walk at lunch... Your job add a little bump in the road but it's not impossible.
Dr. Quang Nguyen
Dr. Quang Nguyen
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