Weight Loss

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    ANatalie Castro-Romero, MS, RD, Nutrition & Dietetics, answered on behalf of Baptist Health South Florida
    To lose weight in a safe and healthy way, you want to shed pounds slowly and make smart changes in your eating habits. Healthy weight loss is 1/2 to one pound per week. To lose one pound per week, eat 250 fewer calories and burn an extra 250 calories per day. A 500-calorie deficit per day will result in 3,500 calories per week, which equals one pound of body fat.

    Exercise and healthy eating go hand in hand. To lose weight, aim for a total of 60 to 90 minutes of physical activity each day. To maintain weight and promote good health, get a minimum of 30 minutes of activity per day.
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    Limited evidence supports of the use of homeopathy to promote weight loss in some people. More studies are needed before a conclusion can be made.

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    AScripps Health answered

    Interpersonal relationships affect weight-loss efforts. It would be ideal if everyone were fully supportive all the time. But this may not always be the case, so become aware of individuals that end up defeating weight-loss efforts. The difficult part is that some people traditionally express their love through food. Be aware and, when it happens, be honest. Let friends and family members know about important changes to personal eating habits. If it’s necessary to eat socially to avoid hurt feelings, take a small portion.

    Employers tend to reward their employees with food -- think pizza party -- or sometimes they will have food waiting at the office so employees don’t have to go out. This can sabotage even the best intentions.

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    AScripps Health answered

    It is important to keep track of your weight if you are trying to lose weight. Remember that your weight will fluctuate by two to four pounds during the day and that hormonal changes and some medications may affect weight as well. Weighing yourself regularly will help identify these trends and provide a more accurate idea of how well your efforts are working. Most importantly, it will help you recognize weight gain. The scale does not lie.

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    ARamani Durvasula, PhD, Psychology, answered
    Dietary and activity changes of any kind should be undertaken after getting clearance from your health-care professional. You should consider the tips below if you are going to embark on a program of changes in what you eat and how you exercise:
    • See your doctor to review any issues related to medications, lab results or existing health conditions before changing your diet, using supplements of any kind or starting an exercise program.
    • Consider seeking out therapy with a licensed mental health professional if through the weight-loss process you find that longer-term psychological issues may be significantly impacting how you eat and live.
    • If you are feeling out of control with food, either controlling what you eat too much, losing significant amounts of weight or engaging in behaviors to get rid of food (purging, using laxatives, excessive exercise), see a health-care professional as soon as possible.
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    AManuel Torres, MD, Family Medicine, answered on behalf of Baptist Health South Florida

    Your family doctor can be an excellent source for tips on eating well, safe ways to lose weight and many other health topics. Family medicine is a specialty devoted to providing comprehensive healthcare to people of all ages, newborn to the elderly, and both genders.

    Your family doctor can offer a broad range of knowledge about general medicine and give you advice about eating a nutritious diet, exercising, and many other strategies for staying healthy and fit.

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    AMehmet Oz, MD, Cardiology, answered
    A new study suggests that people who like to eat lunch late in the afternoon may have more trouble shedding pounds than those who dine earlier. The study, which was conducted in Spain, found that those who ate their lunch after 3 p.m. lost 25% less weight. Researchers aren’t completely sure why a late lunch would lead to slower weight loss; however, one possibility is the negative effects of going too long between meals, which may slow the metabolism.
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    AJohn C. Norcross, PhD, Psychology, answered
    John Maynard Keynes, the esteemed economist, once wrote that “the difficulty lies not so much in developing new ideas as in escaping from old ones.” The myth of change only requiring willpower is one we sorely need to escape from.

    This pre-scientific misconception contains a grain of truth within a loaf of nonsense. The grain of truth is that your willpower or commitment does contribute to your success. Believing in your ability to change and acting on that belief raises the probability that you’ll succeed.

    However, the loaf of nonsense is that willpower constitutes the only, or even the most effective, ingredient. It’s only one ingredient in the recipe. Much to the contrary, our research shows that resolvers who rely on willpower to the virtual exclusion of the other valuable tools actually fail at a higher rate than everyone else!

    What’s more, committing entails more than the mysterious, ineffable “willpower.” Contrary to popular thought, committing actually encompasses a set of identifiable skills that you can develop and practice.

    So despite what your mom or Aunt Lily might have told you as a child, willpower is nowhere near sufficient for lasting change -- and it may not even be your most important tool. People who rely solely on willpower set themselves up for failure. Stick with the science and use your willpower as one of many learnable tools that will help you change for good.
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    ASelf chec answered

    You can send a CaringCard at: http://selfchec.org/main/cardshopnew.php. It's a special kind of free greeting card shop that will help support your friends to practice healthy behaviors and also help them understand how important they are to you.

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    AMehmet Oz, MD, Cardiology, answered
    This might come as a surprise, but keeping your spine in line affect your weight loss. Your spinal nerves play a roll in controlling how food passes through your digestive tract. An aligned spinal column aids proper digestion, eliminating toxins and waste to help with weight loss. Rolling for three minutes a day on a $15 foam roller won’t only help with weight loss, it feels great too!