Foods Eat Hypothyroidism Lose Weight

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    How much goitrogenic food can someone with hypothyroidism eat daily?
    I have very bad hypothyroidism, and (as expected) I am extremely over-weight. My endocrinologist told me to avoid goitrogenic foods, but most of them are fruits and vegetables I would want to eat to lose weight. Are there moderate amounts I can eat? How can I find out how much?

    • ANSWER:
      You can get loads of info here:
      http://thyroid.about.com/bio/Mary-Shomon-350.htm
      http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com/
      http://www.thyrophoenix.com/index.html

      Blessings

  2. QUESTION:
    How can I lose weight with hypothyroidism?
    I have hypothyroidism and have found it very dificult to lose weight. I have been trying for about 3 years and dont seem to be getting anywhere. Does anyone know what I can do or take that might work with medication?

    • ANSWER:
      Eat more whole foods. Avoid all soy. Soy slows down the thyroid function. Use Celtic Sea salt. Take 3 tablespoons of virgin coconut oil per day. I take 1 tablespoon with each meal. The coconut oil will rev up your metabolism. Take a whole mulitvitamin. I like http://www.drrons.com/ his does not have any of the additives. And you will eventually not need thyroid medication. You can also check out Dr. Bruce Rind's website he is an expert in throid and adrenal glands problems. About 20 percent of his patients fly in from out of town. His office is in Washington, DC.

      http://www.drrind.com/

  3. QUESTION:
    How to lose weight with type ONE diabetes and hypothyroidism?
    Ive been trying extremely hard to lose weight but the scale reads the same number. I have type ONE( not adult on set diabetes you get from poor lifestyle) and hypothyroidism which I think is the problem. I'm so tired of bring in twice the effort as a normal person and not seeing ANYTHING change(not a decimal number, nothing) so does anyone out there know of a diet and exercise plan or trick to help a person with my glitches lose weight? Thanks for the answers!

    • ANSWER:
      Hey there! I am in the same boat as you. I also have hypothyroidism and type ONE. While weight loss has been excruciatingly hard, I can offer some tips that I have been doing that have helped me slowly but surely get on the fast track to losing some weight.

      1. Take a multivitamin: Our bodies are always fighting off so much. If you take a vitamin, you will ensure that your body will be getting the vitamins and minerals it needs to fight off infection and allow your body MORE energy to do other things, such as losing weight. Look for multivitamins that promote a health heart and strong bones, as well as a good immune system.

      2. Count your calories: This is hard, but when there is a will, there is a way. Ever look on the nutrition facts of food and note the servings? Follow that! Record your total calories, fat, sodium, etc. Keep a journal and do this. I started out by just recording what I ate in a normal day, evaluating it (weaknesses: eat too big portions, not enough meat, too much bread/sugar, etc) and then seeing what I can do to improve it. Try to keep your calories to about 2,300 per day, and then whittle it down. I'm currently at 2,245 at the most per day, and I'm noting a change in my energy.

      3. EXERCISE: Speaking of energy, hypothyroidism simply kills your metabolism with an AK-47. :( RIght here, you just need a little more willpower. Think of living longer. At least that's what I do. Don't use elevators: instead, use the stairs. Walk a little more than you need to. Have Nintendo Wii? Do WiiFit. It works out muscles you never thought you could work out! Walk around your neighborhood every day. Go to a track at a school and walk the curves and jog the straights for thirty minutes to an hour. I totally understand taht your energy will deter you from doing this, but even a little effort should help.

      4. Stay happy! SOmething you love to do that doesn't compromise your health or well being? Indulge in it! I like to draw and sew among other things. If you keep your feelings and personality up, then you can do all i have listed above and more.

      5. Go to sleep on time. Yes this is very important. Your sleep helps regulate SO much.

      While ALL are important, the integral plan is to choose a method and STICK WITH IT! Watch your portions, and work out every day for at least thirty minutes. Take that vitamin, get some sleep, and remember to do something you enjoy.

      From one hypobetes dealer to another, I HAVE FAITH IN YOU!

      And a last note: I've been doing this very method for the past week and a half, and I lost four pounds. Just keep going, and with a little patience you'll get there!

  4. QUESTION:
    What are somethings to help me lose weight quickly?
    I have had a couple disk injuries and knees problems, so I have been told not to really work out. Recently I lost my dad so some family made me and my family food and lots of sugary foods. So I have gained a lot of Weight. Also my cousin is going to hav a wedding in 5 months so I want to lose about 60 pounds to look great for this wedding. So can anyone please help me? Would becoming a vegan or vegetarian help me lose Weight?

    • ANSWER:
      Light swimming can't hurt you even if you've got a bad knee and have a slipped disk, consider starting..

      If you'd like to lose weight rapidly then drink cold water regularly, your body spends energy heating the water, which makes your metabolism work harder.. Vegetarians don't lose weight because they're only eating salads and other non-meat products, they lose weight because they've got a controlled diet more often than not.

      Hypothyroidism is a condition that's rampant in the States and England, it causes obesity-lethargy-slow thinking-low body temperature, I'd strongly urge you to start a regime to reverse it immediately..

      http://healthmad.com/nutrition/iodine/

      The above link is to an article that'll explain hypothyroidism and how to cure it in full, best of wishes to you and good luck.

  5. QUESTION:
    What is the best way to lose weight while hypothyroidic?
    I am 23 yo and I had a total thyroidectomy a year ago. I can't seem to lose weight and need suggestions.

    • ANSWER:
      I too am hypothyroid from having my thyroid killed off with radioactive iodine. For the last 7 months my endocrinologist has been trying to get my dosage correct. In fact I have another blood test tomorrow to see how I'm doing.

      Anyway, I still wasn't feeling as good as I hoped to feel after 7 months, and I had gained 20 pounds, which really sucked because I had just busted my butt to lose 25 pounds. A few weeks ago I got really desperate to feel better and lose weight. I actually purchased a Nutribullet. Every morning I have a large drink made with 50% spinach (or you can use any green leafy vegetable) and either a few baby carrots or a beet and 50% fruit. At lunchtime I have a small all fruit drink with flax seed in it, which makes a little thicker and more filling. Both of these drinks you add spring water to for the fluids. I've cut down pretty much most of any kind of processed food (which is a killer because I love american cheese) and only eat healthy things for snacks. My muscle and joint aches have diminished to almost none and my energy level is up, which means now I can do an hour cardio/weight workout every day. I lost 5 pounds in about 10 days. I'm even sleeping a little better too.

      Adding more fruit and vegetables and cutting out or way down on processed food is something that weight loss for hypothyroidism articles tend to stress.

  6. QUESTION:
    How can someone who's been fat since birth lose weight?
    I've fat/big since birth and I absolutely hate my body with a passion. I need to lose weight,my weight makes me very unhappy. I have low self esteem because of it and do not have the confidenece to go out running or go to the gym. Give me some help on how to lose weight? Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      First I recommend getting a full physical, talk to the doctor about your weight problems just to make sure there's nothing going on. As someone who has Hypothyroidism I can tell you that even if it takes longer to lose weight you can lose weight and maintain a healthy weight so don't lose hope.

      Okay some tips
      1/4 of your plate about 2 oz a meal
      Proteins: beans, lentils, chicken, turkey, fish (avoid shark and swordfish which have high mercury contents), shrimp, tofu, tempeh, plain nuts and seeds, natural nut butters

      Together with fruits about 1/2 of your plate
      Vegetables: dark leafy green vegetables and brightly colored vegetables are best, reduce starchy vegetables like potatoes some examples of really good vegetables (bok choy, broccoli, kale, Swiss Chard, spinach, Brussels sprouts, alfalfa sprouts (be a bit cautious), beets, red bell peppers, egg plant, asparagus, tomatoes (great natural sun protection), sweet potatoes etc.)

      Fruits and berries (berries are really excellent): random facts: grapefruit reduces cellulite, papaya helps with heart burn, pineapples are good for pain management, mango has been found to protects against breast, colon cancer

      Get more of your fats from these sources. Keep saturated fat under 14 grams and aim for total fat to be b/w 35-30 grams
      Healthy Fats: avocado, fatty fish, seeds, nuts, olives, olive oil, flaxseed oil

      Drink lots of water, green and white tea is also good, 100% fruit and vegetable juices (in moderation), milk (soy, rice, almond etc. just make sure they are fortified with calcium and vitamin D)

      1/4 of your plate fiber-rich grains, you need about 24-38 grams of fiber daily (increase gradually)
      Grains: red/brown/black rice, rye and wholegrain breads (avoid high fructose corn syrup), couscous, quinoa, bulghur, oatmeal, barley, millet, kasha

      Always eat breakfast it's the most important meal

      This site will help you calculate your caloric needs
      http://www.builtlean.com/2011/01/18/how-many-calories-should-you-eat-to-lose-weight/

      Keep a food diary (be specific) also record any triggers if you overeat

      If you slip return to your healthy plan the next meal don't skip the meal to compensate just get back on track

      Meditate, have a creative outlet, have a good social network, keep yourself intellectually stimulated

      Stay hydrated thirst often masquerades as hunger and cut out sodas

      MSG and flavor enhancers can increase appetite they are actually very common in processed foods so you need to look at nutritional info in general ingredient lists should contain recognizable ingredients.

      Learn to identify when you are truly hungry, once you have a good sense of what hunger feels like eat when you are hungry don't let yourself go so long between meals that you get to the ravenous stage or you will just gorge at meal time have healthy snacks (especially after working out)

      Slow down and savor your food, eat until you are 80% full don't stuff yourself

      Look up the nutritional info of your favorite restaurants so you can make better choices when going on, it's better if you can order healthy sides or an appetizer as restaurant portions tend to be enormous.

      Incorporate less healthy favorites into your healthy meals. In Japan they traditionally serve several small dishes most of the side dishes are lightly cooked vegetables but occasionally they will have say 2 pieces of shrimp tempura it will keep you from feeling totally deprived, it's about moderation and balance

      Make healthy meals in bulk and freeze in portioned containers for meals when you are in a hurry

      Carry some healthy snacks and a bottle of water with you when you go out to avoid desperation eating

      For exercise these are some videos I love that can be done at home: P90X (weight-baring), Insanity (cardio), Serpentine (a bellydance video). Rodney Yee Power Yoga (weight-baring). I also really like my book "The Pilates Body" by Brooke Siler it's the book I studied to become a certified instructor in Pilates. Do a combination of cardio and weight-baring pick activities you think are fun and aim for at least 30 minutes 6 days a week.

      A 7 day meal plan I created including healthy snack ideas, maybe this can give your some ideas
      http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index;_ylt=AmKMXYEHrdRewN7l9yZuwIrsy6IX;_ylv=3?qid=20120214103102AACsFMe

  7. QUESTION:
    How much weight should I lose in six months if I eat only 1200 calories a day?
    I am 22 5'8 and 206 pounds. If I eat 1200 calories daily and exercise at least 3 times a week what should I expect to be down to in about six months? I have hypothyroidism so it is a bit harder for me to lose weight than for most people.

    • ANSWER:
      Haha just listened to a lecture similar to this from my mom to my cousin earlier today.

      My mom is like a health freak now she used to be pretty heave but is now around 140 so I think most of her advise is well credited.

      (Also the first thing you should do when you wake up is drink some milk/juice) Because when you go to sleep it slows your metabolism down quite a bit and its not that abnormal for some one to eat dinner at 6pm and there next meal to be at Noon Iv done it plenty of times because your metabolism is running so slow you don't get hungry very fast) A glass of milk when jump start your metabolism and get the calories ticking.

      According to her it depends on what kind of exercise you do assuming you eat properly, She said doing really good workouts at least every other day is best and if possible differ them up. Because if you go for a jog every day your body will eventually get used to it thus becoming less effective so buy doing joginng one day weights another day steps another day ect your body wont get in the pattern of one exercise.

      Also you should try and build up muscle it does not need to be alot but the more muscle you have the more carbs they eat, so in theory a fat person who lifted weights for an hour a day (Both arm and leg weights) Would eventually get enough muscle that over the course your fat would be eaten to provide food for your muscles (In case you didnt know fat is pretty much reserve food for your body extreme exercises are used to burn off the extra that we consume)

      Im pretty sure that if you followed your schedule correctly for 6 months you might be able to lost from 30-60 pounds. It honestly just depends on your age and sex height and fat distribution.

  8. QUESTION:
    Will I lose weight now that I found out I have hypothyroidism and am taking meds?
    I just found out I have hypothyroidism and was prescribed Levothyroxine for this, and was wondering if it will give me energy, and if I will lose weight from fixing this? Also, i have high cholestoral and was prescribed Lipitor for this,? Would any of these problems be a symptom of something else?

    • ANSWER:
      I think the first thing you need to realize is that doctors do NOT have the answers to making you healthy. Drugs will give you make believe health.

      The drugs you will take for hypothyroidism is just treating the symptoms, not the "root cause." If you focus on making your body healthy, you will NOT need those drugs. There is a reason your thyroid is not working well. Did your doctor tell you what that reason was or just give you the drugs because a blood test told him your TSH hormone was high? To solve the problem, he prescribed thyroid medication that you will now have to take for the rest of your life, right?

      Does it make sense to you that he has NO clue why your thyroid is not working right and prescribed a medication that gives you a life sentence of taking drugs and testing each year? (I'm assuming this is the case). In most cases, the problem is due to a deficiency of iodine that makes the T3 and T4 hormones in your thyroid. This deficiency is rampant now in the U.S. due to the fluoride being put in water supplies, toothpastes, sodas, and many other foods. Fluoride depletes the body of iodine. Also, if you eat the SAD diet (standard American diet), that lacks lots of sea foods from wild environments, not farm raised, you will be deficient in iodine.

      Test yourself to find out. You can do this at home. Did your doctor test you for this before he prescribed the drugs? Just go to the drug store and buy a small bottle of "Tincture of Iodine" that is used for sanitizing wounds. In the morning, paint a 2" x 3" patch on your forearm and watch it throughout the day. You should be able to see this after 24 hours. If it goes away in a few hours, you are deficient in iodine and most likely is the "root cause" of the thyroid problem.

      Obviously there are many other factors that can cause a thyroid issue, but start with the iodine issue first.

      In regard to Lipitor, did your doctor tell you that you will now be more susceptible to STROKE? Did your doctor just take the LDL cholesterol reading and NOT give you the pattern 1 or pattern 2 amount of LDL in your body? Did he explain that cholesterol is made by the body and only 15% comes from food and that it is necessary to make repairs in the body. Did he also tell you that Lipitor depletes the body of vitamin Q that your heart desperately needs to keep the heart muscle tissue healthy? Did he tell you that Lipitor greatly reduces your steroid hormones and you may have some sexual problems due to this?

      Has your cholesterol level changed over time? Gotten more or less?

      Inflammation is what causes heart disease, not cholesterol. Cholesterol is an alcohol that fatty acids can attach to. Since it is an alcohol, it mixes with the water in the blood easily where fatty acids do not. It is the job of cholesterol to carry fatty acids to damaged areas in the body to make repairs. Lowering this will cause areas not to get repaired well and that is where the STROKE issue comes in.

      Keeping your cholesterol at a constant level is what you want to look for, not the quantity, necessarily. Inflammation is the problem. If your cholesterol raises, you need to look at the inflammation issue, to correct the problem. Lowering your cholesterol leaves the inflammation in place that is actually causing the damage to your body.

      Additionally, did your doctor tell you that about 50% of the people that take that junk get muscle cramps, sore muscles, and a general feeling of tiredness due to muscle issues?

      Controlling inflammation, cholesterol, etc. can be done nutritionally much better than with drugs as a general rule. Most people find that when they get on a good nutritionally sound diet, they become healthy and do not require drugs.

      A Certified Nutritional Therapist can test you and determine exactly what nutrients you are lacking and how much you need to take to resolve the deficiency. They can then monitor you on a regular basis to see how your health is improving. An excellent approach is to work with your doctor to take his advise, but also have the CNT work with your doctor and yourself to get you off the drugs and become healthy.

      good luck

  9. QUESTION:
    What foods are good for someone who has a low thyroid count?
    I have a low thyroid count and am trying to lose some extra weight that was gained, and I didn't know if there was certain foods that you should eat for a low thyroid count?

    • ANSWER:
      If you have hypothyroidism, you need to see a doctor.

      If you do not have hypothyroidism, don't monkey with your hormone levels because there is no such thing as a free lunch and if you screw with your thyroid, you can mess it up and bring on hypo/hyperthyroidism.

      If you cook with table salt, you are getting sufficient iodine. If you are cooking only with kosher or sea salt, you need to go out and get some table salt and use it in your cooking when you don't need a specific texture, as with kosher salt on meats.

      "They" put iodine in table salt because before they did that, the common person would not get enough and it leads to health problems.

      Humans consume a rather predictable amount of salt each day and it was for the health benefit of all that his became mandated.

      You obviously don't understand the damage you can do to yourself if you fu*k with your thyroid. Please, don't do it.

      Below is information on iodine deficiency and you can google "Hypothyroidism" for more info on that.

      Raw Foods That Hurt Your Thyroid
      http://ezinearticles.com/?Raw-Foods-That-Hurt-Your-Thyroid&id=418151

      Hypothyroidism: University of Maryland
      http://www.umm.edu/altmed/articles/hypothyroidism-000093.htm

      Iodine Deficiency
      http://www.med.umich.edu/1libr/aha/umioddef.htm
      Iodine deficiency is caused by a lack of iodine, a chemical element essential to the body's physical and mental development, in a person's diet. It is the single most common cause of preventable mental retardation and brain damage in the world.

      Is iodine deficiency common in the United States?
      Iodine deficiency is now rare in the U.S. as a result of widespread distribution of foods from iodine sufficient areas. The incidence of iodine deficiency occurs in certain geographical areas at higher altitudes with iodine depleted soil - usually in areas away from the seacoast and in countries where salt is not fortified with iodine.

      Does iodine deficiency affect women more than men?
      Iodine deficiency is more prevalent in women than in men, and more common in pregnant women and adolescents.

      What is the role of iodine in the body?
      Iodine is an essential element for thyroid function, necessary for the normal growth, development and functioning of the brain and body. It also influences a variety of metabolic processes in the body (converting food to energy, regulating growth and fertility, and maintaining body temperature).

      What are the effects of iodine deficiency?
      When the body becomes iodine-deficient the consequences can affect a person both physically and mentally. After many months of iodine deficiency a person may develop a goiter (an unsightly swelling of the thyroid gland in front of the neck), hypothyroidism and reduced mental function. It also increases the risk of still birth and infant deaths.

      Iodine-deficient women may give birth to babies with severe mental and neurological impairment. If this deficiency occurs during infancy or childhood, it causes irreversible mental retardation, growth failure, speech and hearing defects, among others. Even mild deficiency may cause a low intellectual capacity.

      What is hypothyroidism?
      Hypothyroidism refers to any state in which thyroid hormone production is below normal. There are many disorders that result in hypothyroidism that may directly or indirectly involve the thyroid gland. Since the thyroid hormone affects growth, development and many cellular processes, inadequate thyroid hormone has widespread consequences for the body.

      What are the symptoms of hypothyroidism?
      The symptoms of hypothyroidism are often subtle. They are not specific, which means they can mimic the symptoms of many other conditions. And patients with mild hypothyroidism often have no symptoms.

      Symptoms of hypothyroidism generally become more obvious as the condition worsens. Common symptoms include:
      Fatigue
      Depression
      Modest weight gain
      Cold intolerance
      Excessive sleepiness
      Dry, coarse hair
      Constipation
      Dry skin
      Muscle cramps
      Increased cholesterol levels
      Decreased concentration
      Vague aches and pains
      Swelling of the legs

      As the disease becomes more severe, there may be puffiness around the eyes, a slowing of the heart rate, a drop in body temperature and heart failure. In its most profound form, severe hypothyroidism may lead to a life-threatening coma. This condition requires hospitalization and immediate treatment with thyroid hormones given by injection. If left untreated, hypothyroidism can lead to an enlarged heart, worsening heart failure and an accumulation of fluid around the lungs.

      How is hypothyroidism diagnosed?
      If a patient is experiencing the symptoms listed above, a blood test can confirm a diagnosis of hypothyroidism.

      How is hypothyroidism treated?
      Hypothyroidism is generally treated with iodine and or/medication to support thyroid hormones. A person with hypothyroidism may require life-long supplementation and follow-up care. Consult your doctor about treatment options available.

      How is iodine deficiency treated?
      Once iodine deficiency is diagnosed, consult your doctor about treatment options. Commonly, iodine preparations are prescribed. In deciding to use iodine preparations, the risks of taking them must be weighed against the good it will do. This is a decision you and your doctor will need to make.

      What foods contain iodine?
      In the United States, iodine is added to table salt so it is the primary food source of iodine. Iodine is also widely available in the following foods:
      Seafood
      Cod
      Sea bass
      Haddock
      Perch
      Kelp
      Dairy products
      Plants grown in soil rich in iodine

  10. QUESTION:
    Is there a meal plan that's benefical to hypothyroidism that can improve weight loss?
    I have hypothyroidism, and as a result have trouble upon trouble losing weight. I'm beginning to think it's a no win situation and it's very frustrating. Is there a meal plan that can help?

    I said MEAL PLAN not pill, fake diet fad, or advertisement, thank you!

    • ANSWER:
      Most people have hard time losing weight on synthetic hormones, but do much better on natural hormones (Armour brand)

      I advocate a low carb way of eating for optimal health. One thyroid specialist, Dr. Broda Barnes who did the metabolic studies on carbs/calories ratios, found that treated hypothyroid patients (not untreated) tended to lower their conversion of T4 to T3 when under 30grams of carbs per day or under 1500 calories. So would suggest keeping carbs over 30 grams per day (less than 9 grams per hour though) and calories greater than 1500 (low carb way of eating requires calories to be MUCH higher than 1500 for most people)

      You can lose more body fat eating protein & fat (don't eat protein alone) than not eating AT ALL. To lose weight fast, eat all you want, but nothing but meat, eggs, healthy oils, mayo, butter & half an avocado a day (for added potassium). Keep the calories high & the fat percentage high, at least 65% of calories. Green vegetables & some cheese will continue weight loss but at a slower pace.

      The first 2 weeks eat several cups a day of (mostly) lettuce & celery, cucumbers, radishes, mushrooms, peppers & more variety of vegetables thereafter - add 5 grams per day additional every week (30 grams day first 2 weeks, 35grams 3rd week, 40grams 4th week etc) til you gain weight, then subtract 10grams. That will be your personal carb level (everyone is different & depends on how active you are.)

      Start with meat, fats & salads for 2 weeks and then slowly add in more green veg, wk4 fresh cheeses, wk5 nuts & seeds, wk6 berries, wk7 legumes, wk8 other fruits, wk9 starchy veg, wk10 whole grains. You will learn how your body reacts to different foods.

      The first week is just water weight but fat is lost thereafter if you keep your calories high enough. Otherwise the body will strip it's own lean tissue for nutrition. Although that may look great on a scale it will make it MUCH easier to accumulate fat in the future (since all that pesky lean tissue burning up calories will be gone). The body won't release fat stores if you lower calories below what it needs. It will slow metabolism to compensate & store every spare ounce as fat. If you continue lowering calories, it will continue lowering the set point, til it can survive off nothing & store fat on anything. The body will only release it's fat stores if it knows there is plenty of nutritious food.

      Eating carbs while trying to lose body fat is terribly inefficient. When in glycolysis (burning glucose as fuel) you have to lower your calories (which slows your metabolism) & exercise heavily to deplete your glycogen stores before burning body fat.

      The core of Atkins program is converting the body from glycolysis (burning glucose as fuel) to ketosis (burning fat as fuel). Dietary fat levels need to be at >65% of total calories, if not, the body will still remain in glycolysis by converting 58% of excess protein into glucose (via gluconeogenesis).

      It takes minimum of 3 days to convert a body to ketosis, (but only one bite to convert back to glycolysis). People feel sluggish the first week but most feel better than ever thereafter.

      Simple carbohydrates (sugar, flour, bread, cereal, pasta, potatoes, rice) trigger insulin which can store the calories eaten into fat. The more protein the more the fat burning hormone glucagon is released. The more carbohydrate the more the fat storage hormone insulin is released.

      Simple carbs are addictive & can be disastrous to health. The best way to break the addiction is NO carbs for 3 days. Make a huge batch of deviled eggs, eat one every time you want "something" - have huge omelets with bacon, sausage, peppers, mushrooms & cheese. Pork chops smothered with peppers, mushrooms & cheese - pork rinds & dip or tuna/chicken/turkey/egg salad - steaks - a huge sugar free cheese cake. Eat so much you won't feel deprived of anything. By the 4th day, the addiction will be gone & you can start making healthy choices.

      High insulin levels promote inflammation, weight gain, hunger & unbalance other hormones. Controlling insulin levels will balance out other hormones & allow human growth hormone (HGH) to be produced naturally so lean muscle will be gained even without exercise. Any exercise will greatly increase muscle mass with high HGH levels.

      Ground flax seed (2 Tbsp) 1/4 cup water, artificial sweetener, mix in a raw egg - let sit 10 min. to absorb liquid, put some cream cheese in the middle & nuke 2 minutes. Suggested for daily fiber needs.

      As long as you have <9grams carbs per hour, you will maintain insulin control & shouldn't gain weight, no matter the calories. Many people gain weight on high carb, do low carb to lose weight & then are shocked when they return to high carb & gain weight. Many people can return to moderate carb levels but very few can really eat all they want of sugar & maintain weight or health.

  11. QUESTION:
    With hypothyroidism, what the fastest way to lose weight?
    Bathing suit season is coming up and I want to look good in my bathing suit. I have hypothyroidism so that makes it difficult, what is a fast and easy way to lose some weight?

    • ANSWER:
      Here are a few tips;

      WHEN to eat for losing weight...

      • Eat (at least) three times a day.
      Because when you eat only once a day, your metabolism gets slower than it already is! That's the main reason. Sounds funny, but to lose weight... you must eat (the right things, of course)
      • Eat low-fat, high-fiber foods such as salads and vegetable pastas.
      • Your last meal should be before 18:00. Try.
      OK, one apple after 18:00
      • Don't starve
      Starvation is not good for losing weight, nor your health.
      Starvation is the worse thing you can do in a weight loss diet.
      • Try oatmeal instead of cornflakes for breakfast--eating oatmeal can help reduce cholesterol levels, and its high fiber content will keep you full longer.

      WHAT to drink for losing weight...

      • Drink 6-8 glasses of water every day !
      Can be tap, plain, mineral, sparkling. I just love mineral sparkling water!
      This improves your bowel, reduces the "hunger" sensation, and hydrates your skin. Your skin will look much better after the first weeks!
      Don't believe the slogan "water makes me fat". Beside being stupid... you might get into serious troubles with your kidneys.
      • Drink ONLY natural juices, freshly squeezed!
      Don't drink Coca Cola, Pepsi, Spite etc. during the diet. Even lite or light versions.

      Exercise for losing weight...

      • If you want quicker results - exercise would be good.
      • Don't just sit in front of the TV and eat peanuts...
      I guarantee THIS won't work for your weight loss...
      • Start a regular exercise program and stick with it. Don't be afraid of those sweat suits and Lycra pants!
      • Start swimming. Swimming is an excellent exercise to get involved with, since it increases blood flow and uses muscles we don't regularly use. Start a swimming program and try to do it 3 times a week. You will feel excellent and rejuvenated.
      • Choose an exercise program that you enjoy, and don't shun the unconventional. For instance, did you know that regular vigorous dancing is exercise too?
      • Also Cardiovascular exercises such as running, jogging, or aerobics will help you lose that unwanted belly fat. Weight training can also help you lose body fat because the more muscle mass you have, the more ability your system has to burn body fat.

      Good luck!
      Hope this helps~

  12. QUESTION:
    What are some natural supplements that help speed up your metabolism?
    My metabolism is definitely not up to speed, so it makes losing weight pretty difficult. So I was wondering if there were any natural supplements that help boost the metabolism?

    • ANSWER:
      Dieters often complain that they can’t lose weight because they have
      a “slow metabolism.” Unfortunately, many companies capitalize on this
      misconception by marketing products that promise to give consumers a
      so called “metabolic advantage” that helps melt away the pounds.
      They are useless. There are things you can't control about your
      metabolism, and no product ever will. On the other hand, there are
      simple natural techniques, which will allow you to do it.
      What you can’t control about your metabolism:
      Age: Metabolism slows about 5 percent for each decade after 40.
      That’s because as we get older, we tend to lose muscle and gain body
      fat. Lean muscle mass is more metabolically active than fat tissue. So
      when you lose muscle mass, your metabolism slows down.
      Gender: Men generally have faster metabolisms than women because
      they’re larger and have less body fat. Men’s basal metabolic rate is
      estimated to be 10 percent to 15 percent higher than women’s.
      Hypothyroidism: An underactive thyroid will slow down your metabolism
      and ultimately lead to weight gain. The good news is that a simple
      blood test can determine whether you have this condition or not. If
      you do, you can control it with the proper medication.
      Genetics: Some people are lucky enough to be born with speedy
      metabolisms — and others are not.
      What you can control about your metabolism: Diet

      Don’t eat fewer than 1,000 calories a day. Your body and metabolism
      thrive on food. When you fast or crash diet, your metabolism will slow
      down in order to conserve energy. Imagine your metabolism as a blazing
      fire. If the fire burns consistently with the appropriate amount of
      high-quality wood, it will burn at a steady rate. But if it doesn’t
      have enough wood, the fire goes out. If it has too much wood, it can
      get out control — just like your waistline!
      Eat every four to five hours. Our bodies work hard to digest and
      absorb the foods we eat, and your metabolism revs up in response.
      This is called the thermic effect of food. Take full advantage of this
      and schedule meals and snacks every four to five hours.
      Make breakfast a priority. Studies show that people who regularly eat
      a healthy breakfast within two hours of rising are more likely to
      control their weight. This may be because you’re lifting your
      metabolic rate after it’s been in a “resting phase” during the night.
      Eat protein with every meal: All foods create a thermic effect and
      will slightly boost your metabolism. However, eating protein gives
      your body a bigger metabolic boost than eating carbohydrates or fats.
      Plus, eating enough protein will ensure you’ll maintain and build
      muscle mass. (Remember, the more muscle mass you have, the greater
      your metabolic rate). Make sure to incorporate lean protein into most
      every meal.
      Best protein sources: fish, chicken breast, turkey breast, lean red
      meat, skim milk, nonfat yogurt, eggs and egg substitutes, tofu, beans,
      and lentils.

      Meal Examples:

      Breakfast: yogurt with fresh fruit
      Lunch: turkey burger on whole-grain bun and a salad
      Dinner: grilled chicken with vegetables and a baked potato
      Exercise

      Do aerobic exercise four to five days a week. Aerobic activities,
      such as running, brisk walking, swimming and bike riding, burn
      calories and increase metabolism while you’re working out. Several
      studies show that aerobic activities cause your metabolism to stay at
      an elevated level for a period of time after you have finished
      exercising.
      Work in strength-training exercise two to three days a week. Lifting
      weights and other strengthening activities, such as doing push-ups or
      crunches, on a regular basis will actually boost your resting
      metabolism all day. That’s because these activities build muscle. And
      once again, muscle burns more calories than body fat. In fact, if you
      have more muscle, you burn more calories — even if you’re sitting
      still.
      When it comes to supplements, I do not recommend them. The
      ingredients that are effective tend to boost metabolism only slightly
      and they can be risky. High doses of stimulants can make you jittery,
      and increase heart rate and blood pressure.
      The bottom line: The safest and most effective way to boost your
      metabolism is to eat an appropriate amount of food every four to five
      hours, incorporate a portion of lean protein into each meal, and
      exercise regularly!

  13. QUESTION:
    are there any special diets or anything for hypothyroidism?
    I have hypothyroidism and I cannot lose weight and I know thats normal but I'm on a very strict diet and exercise regime and it still will not work. I am also tired of being infertile and I hate that my hair is so frekin thin. is there any special home remedies or diets I can try for this? I do not have helathcare coverage so the medication is honestly out of reach at the moment.

    • ANSWER:
      Yes. You need to modify your diet to suit your condition.

      1). You should concentrate on foods that are rich in iodine. Deficiency of iodine in the body is one of the major cause of hypothyroidism. Some of these foods include egg, fish, cheddar and iodized salt.

      2). You should eat plenty of fruits, vegetables and whole grains. These foods have high fiber contents and will help you to lose weight.

      3). Drink plenty of water everyday, at least 10-12 glasses a day. This is very important, please don't ignore this.

      4) Selenium is another important trace element. Good sources of selenium are onions, Brazil nuts, soybeans, turkey and fish.

      Try to incorporate these foods as part of your daily diet.

      In addition there are some herbs that are very good for controlling symptoms of hypothyroidism. These include seaweeds, cayenne, kelp etc.

      To get the desired result you should engage in regular body exercises. Try to stick to one exercise and do it regularly.

      You should formulate a simple diet plan that will contain all these foods.

  14. QUESTION:
    Any good weight loss plans that actually work?
    What are some great diets/exercising plans that actually work and help you lose weight fast?

    • ANSWER:
      There are several dietary changes you can make that should have you seeing results right away:

      *Cut out all processed, refined white flour products (breads, crackers, pastas, etc.) and replace them with whole grain versions ("whole grain" should be the first item on the ingredients list)
      *Drop the overprocessed junk foods - including chips, candy, cookies, soda, etc. Replace them with healthy snacks like fresh fruit or small portions of nuts
      *Eat only when you're truly hungry and listen to your body while you're eating so that you don't overeat
      *There's also some surprising new research about how the human body isn't designed to process dairy and animal proteins. If you have the willpower, sticking with a healthy vegan diet that's heavy on the beans and plant-based proteins is a great way to lose weight quickly.

      As for exercise, the best type of exercise is one that you can stick with. I absolutely hate running on the treadmill, but put me in an hour and a half long hip hop dance class and I'll push myself until I can't move anymore. Find something that you enjoy and you won't have any trouble forcing yourself to go every day.

      However, it's not uncommon for women to have trouble losing weight with just diet and exercise alone. The body is more than just a calculator - meaning that there's more that goes into losing weight than just calories in versus calories out through exercise. If you're having trouble losing weight, you might want to check with your doctor - there may be an underlying condition like hypothyroidism that's preventing you from losing weight. I'm also a huge fan of natural, plant-based supplements that help boost energy and metabolism. Just check with your doctor before you start taking anything new - especially if you're already on any prescription medications.

      Hope this helps!

  15. QUESTION:
    My mum has hypothyroidism. What can she do to lose weight and make her hypothyroidism better?
    She's had hypothyroidism for a while now - about ten years. She takes her meds for it and everything, but she still gains weight. She left her job two and a half years ago so she could be home for my brother and I, and she's gained 14 kg (30 lbs) meanwhile. It's not like she does any less work though. When she used to work, my parents both did night-shifts so they could be there for us during the day, and when my dad got promoted, she left her job. Now she gets proper sleep and is happier, but she's really unhappy with her weight.
    Out of all of her friends and family, she's the only one who has hypothyroidism. A few years ago, she lost a lot of inches off of her waistline, but she walked for almost three hours a day and ate very little, and she couldn't keep up with that. I just want her to be happy, so how could she lose weight? She currently walks for about an hour every day and tries to watch what she eats.
    She modelled a bit and was very thin all of her life, up until the point she got diagnosed. She makes all of her food from scratch.

    She went to the doctor today, who told her that her weight was 102 kg (225 lbs). She's 38 years old. The doctor also said her cholesterol was high and gave her meds for that. I'm concerned about her health and want her to be around for a long time. What can she do to lose weight and improve the state of her thyroid gland?

    Sorry for the long read, but I appreciate all advice. Thank you!

    • ANSWER:
      You did not say but was her TSH ever brought to where it should be .... < 2? Has it stayed? Does she still have re-checks every 6 mos to know what # it is?

      The bad thing is that weight begets weight!!! When we get heavy, it is VERY hard to MOVE enough to get it off!

      I am upset right now ... most people I have ever known of (done a lot of study - conferred w/ many thyroid-diseased people) had theirs brought under control in LESS THAN 1 yr ... I am @ 1 yr & 7 mos and STILL not there ... I know that it has to be a gradual process but I keep gaining & getting more & more miserable & more & more depressed!!! I STILL have the excessive sleepiness - either still from the thyroid OR now from the depression itself. I hope what I am saying helps her to know that she HAS TO take charge of her health & make sure that the doctor does what they should!!! Even if they brought hers to the optimum level for her at one time - needs change ... sometimes it takes more thyroid hormone to bring us to < 2 &/or for symptoms to cease!

      Also, most of us need more dose in winter. (Just so that you know - the meds [Synthroid or whatever] are very slow-acting - like 6 wks after taking)

      Here is a LOT of info to give her (some is after the fact but might help her or someone else - you can probably tell that I am on a mission to help others with this since doctors do NOT!!!):
      Thyroid disease is missed more than found. Three reasons: 1) not checking for antibodies; 2) going by wrong TSH 'normal' range; and, 3) not listening to symptoms.

      You need testing for thyroid ANTIBODIES as well as TSH. TSH ‘norm’ should be .3 – 3 (w/ most feeling best at < 2, like maybe ONE) but, for diagnosis, may not mean much if ANTIBODIES are present which is indicative of Hashimoto’s Autoimmune Thyroiditis (cycles between HYPER & HYPO at start)…it is the main cause of eventual HypOthyroidism but worse (...OR Graves Disease – HypERthyroid from beginning).

      You will have to INSIST they test for the antibodies. [anti-TPO and TgAb] They can code so that ins will pay.

      WARNING: Doctors seem not to want to find/treat thyroid disease. You may have to go to more than one doctor before you get the right tests, interpretation, and treatment. Best wishes.

      ALWAYS GET COPIES OF YOUR LABS.

      Ck these:
      http://thyroid.about.com/bio/Mary-Shomon-350.htm
      http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com/
      http://www.thyrophoenix.com/index.html
      http://thyroid.about.com/cs/newsinfo/l/blguidelines.htm

      IF you are prescribed it, you should have brand name Synthroid & w/ it, you should ask the doctor to add Cytomel.

      You should also take Selenium, Folic Acid, D3, Zinc, and B Complex.

      Take your meds right…. 1st thing, on empty stomach, & do not eat (or drink coffee) for 1/2 hr. Also, if you take calcium, iron or acid reducer, do not take those for 3 hrs.

      God bless you

      (I would really like to know that you read this)

  16. QUESTION:
    What foods should I avoid with hypothyroidism?
    I just learned soy can make me fat. Anything else?
    I need to lose weight.

    • ANSWER:
      Take your medicine on an empty stomach- at least 2 hours after eating and wait at least another hour before eating again. Do not consume dairy or mineral supplements within 4 hours of your thyroid medicine, or it will bind to the medicine and stop your body from absorbing it.

      As long as your hormone levels are stable and you take your medicine regularly, you should have no trouble losing weight just like anyone else through regular diet and exercise.

      Look at thyroid.org website for more helpful information.

  17. QUESTION:
    What are ways to lose weight with hypothyroidism?
    Over the past 2 years I have lost about 60 lbs, well this year i found out i haave a thyroid problem... & i cant stop gaining weight no matter what. & not really gaining, the weight that i have gained just wont go away. I also got the implanon birth control implant this year? could that be making the weight stay on?

    • ANSWER:
      As you have a diagnosis I assum you are taking something like levothyroxine to replace the thyroxine which your thyroid gland is not making.

      Exercise can help boost your metabolism, but also how and what you eat plays a role in how your metabolism functions.
      "Be sure to eat breakfast everyday to get your metabolism going first thing in the morning (and you will be more likely to begin losing weight). Also, make dinner your lightest meal. Don’t starve yourself in an effort to lose weight, as when your body does not think that it will receive food, it will work to preserve fat. Eat small meals throughout the day, and work on a well-balanced diet consisting of lots of fruits and vegetables and lean proteins (avoiding starch and sugars)."

      One of the listed side effects of implanon is weight gain/ Follow the above advice and...
      Diet pills tend to depend on caffeine (makes you feel alert) and diuretics (make you pee).

      Drink tea or coffee, same effect and caffeine is also a diuretic.
      Diuretic herbs like parsley, diuretic foods like oats, cranberries, tomatoes, celery, watercress, melons, fennel, green vegetables and salad stuff also provide other healthy compounds the body needs.

  18. QUESTION:
    I want to lose 80 pounds naturally, what are some ways that I can kick start my metabolism?
    I have gained some weight, I had a baby 7 months ago and I ready to loose the extra pounds.

    • ANSWER:
      Dieters often complain that they can’t lose weight because they have
      a “slow metabolism.” Unfortunately, many companies capitalize on this
      misconception by marketing products that promise to give consumers a
      so called “metabolic advantage” that helps melt away the pounds.
      They are useless. There are things you can't control about your
      metabolism, and no product ever will. On the other hand, there are
      simple natural techniques, which will allow you to do it.
      What you can’t control about your metabolism:
      Age: Metabolism slows about 5 percent for each decade after 40.
      That’s because as we get older, we tend to lose muscle and gain body
      fat. Lean muscle mass is more metabolically active than fat tissue. So
      when you lose muscle mass, your metabolism slows down.
      Gender: Men generally have faster metabolisms than women because
      they’re larger and have less body fat. Men’s basal metabolic rate is
      estimated to be 10 percent to 15 percent higher than women’s.
      Hypothyroidism: An underactive thyroid will slow down your metabolism
      and ultimately lead to weight gain. The good news is that a simple
      blood test can determine whether you have this condition or not. If
      you do, you can control it with the proper medication.
      Genetics: Some people are lucky enough to be born with speedy
      metabolisms — and others are not.
      What you can control about your metabolism: Diet

      Don’t eat fewer than 1,000 calories a day. Your body and metabolism
      thrive on food. When you fast or crash diet, your metabolism will slow
      down in order to conserve energy. Imagine your metabolism as a blazing
      fire. If the fire burns consistently with the appropriate amount of
      high-quality wood, it will burn at a steady rate. But if it doesn’t
      have enough wood, the fire goes out. If it has too much wood, it can
      get out control — just like your waistline!
      Eat every four to five hours. Our bodies work hard to digest and
      absorb the foods we eat, and your metabolism revs up in response.
      This is called the thermic effect of food. Take full advantage of this
      and schedule meals and snacks every four to five hours.
      Make breakfast a priority. Studies show that people who regularly eat
      a healthy breakfast within two hours of rising are more likely to
      control their weight. This may be because you’re lifting your
      metabolic rate after it’s been in a “resting phase” during the night.
      Eat protein with every meal: All foods create a thermic effect and
      will slightly boost your metabolism. However, eating protein gives
      your body a bigger metabolic boost than eating carbohydrates or fats.
      Plus, eating enough protein will ensure you’ll maintain and build
      muscle mass. (Remember, the more muscle mass you have, the greater
      your metabolic rate). Make sure to incorporate lean protein into most
      every meal.
      Best protein sources: fish, chicken breast, turkey breast, lean red
      meat, skim milk, nonfat yogurt, eggs and egg substitutes, tofu, beans,
      and lentils.

      Meal Examples:

      Breakfast: yogurt with fresh fruit
      Lunch: turkey burger on whole-grain bun and a salad
      Dinner: grilled chicken with vegetables and a baked potato
      Exercise

      Do aerobic exercise four to five days a week. Aerobic activities,
      such as running, brisk walking, swimming and bike riding, burn
      calories and increase metabolism while you’re working out. Several
      studies show that aerobic activities cause your metabolism to stay at
      an elevated level for a period of time after you have finished
      exercising.
      Work in strength-training exercise two to three days a week. Lifting
      weights and other strengthening activities, such as doing push-ups or
      crunches, on a regular basis will actually boost your resting
      metabolism all day. That’s because these activities build muscle. And
      once again, muscle burns more calories than body fat. In fact, if you
      have more muscle, you burn more calories — even if you’re sitting
      still.
      When it comes to supplements, I do not recommend them. The
      ingredients that are effective tend to boost metabolism only slightly
      and they can be risky. High doses of stimulants can make you jittery,
      and increase heart rate and blood pressure.
      The bottom line: The safest and most effective way to boost your
      metabolism is to eat an appropriate amount of food every four to five
      hours, incorporate a portion of lean protein into each meal, and
      exercise regularly!

  19. QUESTION:
    What can I eat to boost my metabolism? and what are some good exercises for a beginner?
    I want to lose a 100 lbs fast if possible I wear a size 18 I would like to fit into a size 9 again!

    • ANSWER:
      Dieters often complain that they can’t lose weight because they have
      a “slow metabolism.” Unfortunately, many companies capitalize on this
      misconception by marketing products that promise to give consumers a
      so called “metabolic advantage” that helps melt away the pounds.
      They are useless. There are things you can't control about your
      metabolism, and no product ever will. On the other hand, there are
      simple natural techniques, which will allow you to do it.
      What you can’t control about your metabolism:
      Age: Metabolism slows about 5 percent for each decade after 40.
      That’s because as we get older, we tend to lose muscle and gain body
      fat. Lean muscle mass is more metabolically active than fat tissue. So
      when you lose muscle mass, your metabolism slows down.
      Gender: Men generally have faster metabolisms than women because
      they’re larger and have less body fat. Men’s basal metabolic rate is
      estimated to be 10 percent to 15 percent higher than women’s.
      Hypothyroidism: An underactive thyroid will slow down your metabolism
      and ultimately lead to weight gain. The good news is that a simple
      blood test can determine whether you have this condition or not. If
      you do, you can control it with the proper medication.
      Genetics: Some people are lucky enough to be born with speedy
      metabolisms — and others are not.
      What you can control about your metabolism: Diet

      Don’t eat fewer than 1,000 calories a day. Your body and metabolism
      thrive on food. When you fast or crash diet, your metabolism will slow
      down in order to conserve energy. Imagine your metabolism as a blazing
      fire. If the fire burns consistently with the appropriate amount of
      high-quality wood, it will burn at a steady rate. But if it doesn’t
      have enough wood, the fire goes out. If it has too much wood, it can
      get out control — just like your waistline!
      Eat every four to five hours. Our bodies work hard to digest and
      absorb the foods we eat, and your metabolism revs up in response.
      This is called the thermic effect of food. Take full advantage of this
      and schedule meals and snacks every four to five hours.
      Make breakfast a priority. Studies show that people who regularly eat
      a healthy breakfast within two hours of rising are more likely to
      control their weight. This may be because you’re lifting your
      metabolic rate after it’s been in a “resting phase” during the night.
      Eat protein with every meal: All foods create a thermic effect and
      will slightly boost your metabolism. However, eating protein gives
      your body a bigger metabolic boost than eating carbohydrates or fats.
      Plus, eating enough protein will ensure you’ll maintain and build
      muscle mass. (Remember, the more muscle mass you have, the greater
      your metabolic rate). Make sure to incorporate lean protein into most
      every meal.
      Best protein sources: fish, chicken breast, turkey breast, lean red
      meat, skim milk, nonfat yogurt, eggs and egg substitutes, tofu, beans,
      and lentils.

      Meal Examples:

      Breakfast: yogurt with fresh fruit
      Lunch: turkey burger on whole-grain bun and a salad
      Dinner: grilled chicken with vegetables and a baked potato
      Exercise

      Do aerobic exercise four to five days a week. Aerobic activities,
      such as running, brisk walking, swimming and bike riding, burn
      calories and increase metabolism while you’re working out. Several
      studies show that aerobic activities cause your metabolism to stay at
      an elevated level for a period of time after you have finished
      exercising.
      Work in strength-training exercise two to three days a week. Lifting
      weights and other strengthening activities, such as doing push-ups or
      crunches, on a regular basis will actually boost your resting
      metabolism all day. That’s because these activities build muscle. And
      once again, muscle burns more calories than body fat. In fact, if you
      have more muscle, you burn more calories — even if you’re sitting
      still.
      When it comes to supplements, I do not recommend them. The
      ingredients that are effective tend to boost metabolism only slightly
      and they can be risky. High doses of stimulants can make you jittery,
      and increase heart rate and blood pressure.
      The bottom line: The safest and most effective way to boost your
      metabolism is to eat an appropriate amount of food every four to five
      hours, incorporate a portion of lean protein into each meal, and
      exercise regularly!

  20. QUESTION:
    Foods and exercises to gain muscle but not lose weight?
    I am an underweight teen who has been told by my doctor to be more active, for my joint health and anemia. What are some exercises I can do and foods I can eat that will prevent further weight loss? I have a fast metabolism, as well as joint and nerve damage. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Red meats are a good choice, seeing as you're trying to gain muscle weight and since you've got anemia, think beef and pork.

      Stretching every muscle you can move each night has been shown to decrease muscle degeneration, and is helpful for people trying to gain more muscle weight, this will also reduce stress and help your joints.. I typically take about 5 minutes each night to do this, originally it was to help wind down after the day, but there were un-founded benefits to it other than better sleep.

      You say you've got a fast metabolism, the only problem I see with this is that you're thin, meaning your metabolic rate can't possibly be that high because people with a fast metabolic rate are also prone to being physically active.. Getting a bike would be a good choice, it'll help your heart and lung function and will help your fore arms/legs/stomach without hurting your joints so much.

      http://healthmad.com/nutrition/iodine/

      Hypothyroidism (causes obesity/lethargy/low body temp/difficulty concentrating) is a silent epidemic in the States and GB, over 95% of American's have it but aren't diagnosed, those that are diagnosed aren't given the cure-they're given a treatment that they have to take for life.. In your case it's not the cause of obesity, yet, but it's likely the cause of your poor metabolic function.

      The above link will be to an article that explains hypothyroidism and what it does, and how you can get rid of it.. Read it carefully and apply as instructed, within about 6-8 months of continual dosage your thyroid should kick back into gear.

  21. QUESTION:
    What is the best way to start losing weight?
    I am 17 and weigh around 290. Also I am 5'5. I have hypothyroidism and it is really hard for me to lose. I have been picked on all my life, I get looked past by guys and I just want my life changed. I am ready to work at it. I just need help because I don't know what I'm doing.

    • ANSWER:
      1. be Committed to it.
      2. DRINK WATER important.
      3. Forget about junk food
      4. Also important say no to junk food and soda again.
      5. Eat healthy off course veggies, fruit,
      6. Cardio you need to lose weight to get abs if you want any
      7. Check out six pack shorcuts or any source you want to use to help you with this.
      8. goodluck

  22. QUESTION:
    How to speed up your metabolism?
    I'm 13, and I am obese. I've been trying to lose weight, ( counting calories, eating healthier, going to the gym 60 min 4 times a week) however, i've had a slow metabolism since i was a child and im afraid i wont be able to lose weight. I start highschool next year and I want to slim down by then.. any tips?

    • ANSWER:
      Dieters often complain that they can’t lose weight because they have
      a “slow metabolism.” Unfortunately, many companies capitalize on this
      misconception by marketing products that promise to give consumers a
      so called “metabolic advantage” that helps melt away the pounds.
      They are useless. There are things you can't control about your
      metabolism, and no product ever will. On the other hand, there are
      simple natural techniques, which will allow you to do it.
      What you can’t control about your metabolism:
      Age: Metabolism slows about 5 percent for each decade after 40.
      That’s because as we get older, we tend to lose muscle and gain body
      fat. Lean muscle mass is more metabolically active than fat tissue. So
      when you lose muscle mass, your metabolism slows down.
      Gender: Men generally have faster metabolisms than women because
      they’re larger and have less body fat. Men’s basal metabolic rate is
      estimated to be 10 percent to 15 percent higher than women’s.
      Hypothyroidism: An underactive thyroid will slow down your metabolism
      and ultimately lead to weight gain. The good news is that a simple
      blood test can determine whether you have this condition or not. If
      you do, you can control it with the proper medication.
      Genetics: Some people are lucky enough to be born with speedy
      metabolisms — and others are not.
      What you can control about your metabolism: Diet

      Don’t eat fewer than 1,000 calories a day. Your body and metabolism
      thrive on food. When you fast or crash diet, your metabolism will slow
      down in order to conserve energy. Imagine your metabolism as a blazing
      fire. If the fire burns consistently with the appropriate amount of
      high-quality wood, it will burn at a steady rate. But if it doesn’t
      have enough wood, the fire goes out. If it has too much wood, it can
      get out control — just like your waistline!
      Eat every four to five hours. Our bodies work hard to digest and
      absorb the foods we eat, and your metabolism revs up in response.
      This is called the thermic effect of food. Take full advantage of this
      and schedule meals and snacks every four to five hours.
      Make breakfast a priority. Studies show that people who regularly eat
      a healthy breakfast within two hours of rising are more likely to
      control their weight. This may be because you’re lifting your
      metabolic rate after it’s been in a “resting phase” during the night.
      Eat protein with every meal: All foods create a thermic effect and
      will slightly boost your metabolism. However, eating protein gives
      your body a bigger metabolic boost than eating carbohydrates or fats.
      Plus, eating enough protein will ensure you’ll maintain and build
      muscle mass. (Remember, the more muscle mass you have, the greater
      your metabolic rate). Make sure to incorporate lean protein into most
      every meal.
      Best protein sources: fish, chicken breast, turkey breast, lean red
      meat, skim milk, nonfat yogurt, eggs and egg substitutes, tofu, beans,
      and lentils.

      Meal Examples:

      Breakfast: yogurt with fresh fruit
      Lunch: turkey burger on whole-grain bun and a salad
      Dinner: grilled chicken with vegetables and a baked potato
      Exercise

      Do aerobic exercise four to five days a week. Aerobic activities,
      such as running, brisk walking, swimming and bike riding, burn
      calories and increase metabolism while you’re working out. Several
      studies show that aerobic activities cause your metabolism to stay at
      an elevated level for a period of time after you have finished
      exercising.
      Work in strength-training exercise two to three days a week. Lifting
      weights and other strengthening activities, such as doing push-ups or
      crunches, on a regular basis will actually boost your resting
      metabolism all day. That’s because these activities build muscle. And
      once again, muscle burns more calories than body fat. In fact, if you
      have more muscle, you burn more calories — even if you’re sitting
      still.
      When it comes to supplements, I do not recommend them. The
      ingredients that are effective tend to boost metabolism only slightly
      and they can be risky. High doses of stimulants can make you jittery,
      and increase heart rate and blood pressure.
      The bottom line: The safest and most effective way to boost your
      metabolism is to eat an appropriate amount of food every four to five
      hours, incorporate a portion of lean protein into each meal, and
      exercise regularly!

  23. QUESTION:
    I want to lose weight but what is wrong in eating 4 wheat chapatis (Indian tortillas) in a day?
    I am 31 and have hypothyroid and insulin resistance. I have swelling in ankels. legs and feet. I have asked questions about how to lose weight on yahoo answers and other forums and also to my friends. But many of them advice avoid junk food & beverages (which is valid) but some advice avoid wheat and sugar. Some also say avoid all grains and dairy products.

    I can avoid junk food & beverages no issues in that. And I can also avoid sugar, dairy products and rice. BUT how can I avoid wheat too. I am already vegetarian and if I avoid wheat what else I will eat. There would be nothing left to eat for four major reasons as follows

    1) I have hypothyroid so many food are restricted for me like soy products, cabbage, cauliflower, corn, celery, spinach, peach, and few other fruits & vegetables etc.

    2) I am pure vegetarian & don't eat eggs and honey too and in addition I am jain so don't eat beetroots

    3) I don't like tomatoes & raw salads except cucumber. I can't imagine eating raw or boiled veggies. I would throw up if I eat that. I only like veggies cooked with spices & oil tadka. And it is horrible to eat veggies alone without wheat chapati (Indian bread or Indian tortilla) Its like eating sandwich filling without bread or eating pizza toppings without pizza baze. I can't eat veggies alone without chapatis.

    4) I like fruits to some extent but eating everyday is boring and fruits are very expensive can't buy apples or oranges everyday. Dry frutis are also expensive this day at max I can eat few nuts but that won't fill my stomach

    Now you only tell if I avoid wheat how can I eat chapati (Indian flat bread or Indian tortilla) At max I can avoid rice, sugar, junk food and limit the amount of chapatis. But I can't eat veggies without chapatis. SO what is wrong to eat 4 thin wheat chapatis in a day. pls tell me

    • ANSWER:
      I'm a Type 1 Diabetic and also have Hypothyroidism. You do not have to avoid wheat to lose weight. That's just the latest fad. Limit your carbohydrate intake and you will lose weight. It will also help with the insulin resistance. The American Diabetes Association recommends you consume 130 carbs per day or more (you want to keep it as close to 130 as possible to lose weight faster). Fiber is a good thing. So when you look at the label and it says something like 30 grams carbohydrates and 3 grams fiber, take 30 minus 3 = 27 and you 've got your total carb count for the food item. Always subtract the fiber from the carbs.
      I lost 40 pounds in 5 months doing this and going for walks whenever I could.
      Remember to eat at least 130 grams of carbs per day. Your brain needs that to function properly.

  24. QUESTION:
    What foods best help to boost metabolism and are suitable for vegetarians?
    And which foods contain lots of protein and are healthy (don't contain a lot of fat or carbs)?
    I'm a veggie :)
    Erm well mornings (newspaper rounds) evenings (Jog) on weekdays and on weekends Mornings (newspaper rounds) and Afternoon (Jog)

    • ANSWER:
      You vegan or vegetarian? Because there is a difference. Most vegetarians eat animal products like milk but they don't eat meat, vegans either neither. Many people are confused by the two. But here is a list for a vegetarian, not a vegan

      *Greek yogurt(but watch out for the sugars. Eat ones that are less than 12 grams of sugar per serving)
      *Quionta. It's like rice kinda but healthier for you. It has 8 grams of protein and 4 grams of fiber per serving.
      *Cinnamon. There have been studies that people who sprinkle cinnamon on some of their foods lose more fat weight than those who don't.
      *Hot peppers contain a chemical called capsaicin which decreases your appetite so you eat less per meal.
      *Green tea. But not in the bottle. Green tea is only good for you if you steep it yourself and not add sugars.
      *Grapefruit. It's high in water content and is suppose to make people feel fuller longer. Apples, pears, grapes, berries and watermelon do the same thing.
      *Raw veggies. They are high in nutrients and fiber but low in calories. When you cook veggies they lose some of that good fiber and nutrients.
      *Sweet potatoes. They have more nutrition than a regular potato. Just don't add toppings.
      *Coffee. As long as you don't add sugar and cream it is actually good for you. But you wanna limit this to 1-2 cups a day because of the caffeine.
      *Oatmeal. But only the steel cut oats kind. Any of that instant stuff is not good for you.
      *Tabouli. It's another grain that is really good for you. Adding a bit of olive oil, chopped tomatoes, parsley and beans make this really good.
      *Soup as long as you don't get it from the can. It's usually has a ton of sodium which you don't need, You can get a broth from a can or carton that is very low in sodium and water that down some to make it better for you. Then add other things like beans and veggies to it.
      *Salad. As long as you don't use a ton of dressing and no cream dressings. Aka ranch, french etc
      *Cooking with vinegar instead of butter. Or just use vinegar on salads. I like mixing my vinegar with some olive oil and it's really good.
      *Nuts. As long as you stick to a serving because they can backfire and be very fattening if you eat too many. A serving is 1/4 cup.
      *Popcorn. It's very low in calories as long as you don't really add anything so it makes it a good snack if you are sick of fruits and veggies.
      *Low fat dairy. So like skim milk, low fat yogurt etc. (Almond milk also applies but it's not really dairy. It just has more calcium and vitamin D than dairy does)
      *Fish is extremely good for you. It has all the good fats that land meats don't and non of that unhealthy fats. (Some vegetarians still eat fish if caught in a non cruel way.
      *Beans. Again this is like nuts. It's really good for you but you need to stick to a serving or it can backfire. It's about 1/2 cup is a serving.

      Do not eat soy!!!!! I cannot stress that enough. Fermented soy is fine but regular soy has an estrogen mimic which is very bad for the body since it can throw off your hormone levels. One of the most common side effects is hypothyroidism.

  25. QUESTION:
    How much weight would I lose if I burned 300 calories a day by exercise?
    I run on the treadmill 4 days a week burning around 300 (sometimes a little less, sometimes a little more) I am a 16 year old girl with a body weight of about 160 and height of 5'2. How much weight will I lose by May 15th? That is when I'm going to Florida.

    • ANSWER:
      Well you should know that the best way to lose weight and gain a strong metabolism is by exercising yourself to a sweat, since it allows your body to excrete salts and the like which impede organs like your thyroid gland for example.

      Avoid eating at night or beforehand, this means about four hours before bed don't eat or drink anything, your body doesn't digest food properly when you're sleeping.

      If you'd like to lose a bit more weight and stop having to count calories, I suggest you start treating yourself for hypothyroidism.. Most Americans/British have it, and it causes obesity/lethargy/lowered body heat/inability to concentrate.

      http://healthmad.com/nutrition/iodine/

      There's the link, read it carefully and within a few months your metabolism will kick back into action.. But you'll pretty much have to keep supplementing it for life, on the plus side to this, your metabolism will always be working well as you do.

  26. QUESTION:
    What should I eat to meet my ideal weight?
    I look like SNSD Yuri. I'm not fat at all, but I weigh 144 :/ This is mainly because I have had imbalanced hormones for 7 months. I am still in the process of trying to control them. I eat heathy every day, and get 2 hours of exercise every day but I'm just not losing any weight. A few weeks ago I weight 146, so maybe I did lose 2 pounds, but my stomach feels smaller than usual. I am 5'4. How many calories should I be eating a day if I don't get a lot of exercise (because of school and homework)? How many calories should I eat a day if I get 1 hour of exercise? What types of foods should I eat? I don't eat junkfood at all. I eat a lot of fruit (mainly mandarin oranges or oranges). I eat 90 cal. fiber 1 bars, and drink only water. My weight has always been 115. I want to get my old weight back. Since my hormones are imbalanced, how long does it usually take for them to get balanced?
    I'm 16 years old (look like SNSD Yuri or Tiffany)

    • ANSWER:
      that depends on your age as well and i would just keep doing what you're doing already casuse it sounds really healthy and just wait until your hormones get balanced. just out of curiousity, is it hypothyroidism? cause i have that :)

  27. QUESTION:
    How much grams of sugar is too much when trying to lose weight?
    I ate cereal that has 9grams of sugar and 6 grams of protein and 210 calories. Should I stay away from cereal when on a diet that won't let ne eat any cheese mayo and more foods.

    I'm probably going to do over an hour of cardio today and weight lifting.

    • ANSWER:
      Your brain -needs- glucose to function, as do other parts of your body, don't exclude it from your diet, if anything no sugar will reduce your metabolism not increase it..

      Dairy products contain complex proteins and lots of fat, those things are good if you want to maintain a healthy weight level.. A study has shown that women who drank milk regularly for breakfast were less likely to be obese or struggling with weight.

      Cardio trains your heart and lungs, weight lifting trains your muscles, just thought you should know..

      http://healthmad.com/nutrition/iodine/

      Anyways, if you're truly concerned about losing weight and holding a steady waistline then I recommend reading the above article.. It explains the natural remedy for hypothyroidism (causes obesity, lethargy, slowness of thought, and lower body heat), a silent pandemic around the globe... Almost all cases of lowered thyroid function are ignored because it's so common, around 95% of people in the States/Britain/Australia suffer from it.

  28. QUESTION:
    What is the best diet for a person who has hypothyrodism?
    I have been diagnosed with it since I was 15, and over the years my weight increased although I have been the same weight for 7 years I could never get the 20-30 pds off that I really need to. Doctors never gave me good advice on what I could do to lose the weight. Help?

    • ANSWER:
      Also, autoimmune hypothyroidism (such as Hashimotos) is correlated to a higher incidence of other diseases, including diabetes. In addition, hypothyroidism raises cholesterol, and makes it harder to lose weight. Somehow, they're all related, and the Zone seems to have some answers why.

      When you eat a carbohydrate, your pancreas secretes insulin to drive down blood sugar back to a normal level. If you eat too many carbohydrates, your pancreas releases so much insulin that it can drive down blood sugar to a level too low to allow your brain to function effectively. This condition of low blood sugar and high insulin can be considered a step away from diabetes.

      According to the Zone theory, when you're creating this excess insulin, it also prevents your body from using its stored fat for energy. Hence, your insulin response to excess carbos causes you to gain weight, or you cannot lose weight.

      But what are considered "excess carbohydrates?
      For some people, most simple carbohydrates (i.e., bread, pasta) are "too much." These people's systems overreact to an amount of carbos that others wouldn't have a problem with. This is why these people seem to gain or have trouble losing, while eating the same amount of food that doesn't cause others a problem. Yep, it's a "glandular problem" for these folks, but the gland is the pancreas!
      Some people simply eat too many carbos. According to Sears, only the minority of the population (25%) can eat carbos freely with no blood sugar highs and lows, or weight problems. They are metabolically fortunate. For the rest of us, we're susceptible to carbos. It's being documented that people are eating less and less fat, but getting fatter. If we go on "low-fat diets" and eat only pasta and bagels and Snackwells and fruits and vegs and such, and stay very low-fat, and even exercise, we don't lose and might even gain more.
      Now, here are some theories to float.

      A slower metabolism can't handle carbos/insulin as it did before. It seems likely that hypothyroidism, with its penchant for slowing down everything else in our systems, also slows down our body's ability to process carbohydrates. Hence, the carbos we could eat pre-thyroid problems now are too much for our systems to handle. So excess carbos lead to excess insulin which leads to excess weight...and someday even perhaps diabetes. Plus, we might end up with even more side effects of blood sugar swings (tiredness, dizziness, fatigue, exhaustion, hunger, etc.) that we may be mistaking as thyroid symptoms.
      Stress from chronic physical illness is raising cortisol, which raises insulin. Any illness, such as the chronic thyroid problems we all face, creates physical stress. Stress raises cortisol levels. And increased cortisol increases insulin levels. (I know my cortisol was through the roof last time the doctor checked. She had no idea why.)
      There's also a vicious circle aspect to this. The liver mediates between the activities of the insulin-releasing pancreas and the adrenal and thyroid glands, which are supposed to "tell" the liver to release glucose. If the adrenals and thyroid aren't working properly on the "telling" end, or if the liver is sluggish, stressed out, or toxic, and not working on the "receiving" end, the system goes out of balance. Either way, the result is elevated excess insulin (or hyperinsulinism).
      Ultimately, some doctors believe that if your adrenal glands are stronger than your pancreas, this can potentially lead to diabetes. If your pancreas is the stronger organ, which is more common, then you get fatigue, lowered body temperature, reduced enzymatic activity, and low blood sugar (hypoglycemia). Interesting, hmmm. The standard complaints we all seem to have, even when we're getting our thyroid hormone!

  29. QUESTION:
    How to make a cat loose weight?
    Now the new cat I´ve just adopted is extremely overweight. All she did at the shelter was eat and sleep. She does not go outside so she wont be getting exercise from that. Me and my boyfriend were thinking to make her do a "routine" at the house and control what she eats.

    What kind of routine could that be and how much should a cat eat?

    Any other tips would be great as well!

    • ANSWER:
      'm glad that you understand that overweight pets are prone to health issues. Fat cats are also at risk for heart problems, kidney issues and as you said, diabetes.

      Here are some steps you can take to help your cat become trim and healthy:

      1.) Stop free feeding. Some cats can handle having food in the bowl at all times, but some cannot. Stick to feeding times and only feed the recommended amount of food as listed on the packaging. Make sure each cat eats out of a separate bowl.

      2.) Feed better quality food. Many popular commercial cat foods contain a lot of fillers and junk that make cats fat- even so called diet foods! When buying cat food, always look at the ingredients. If you feed a diet that contains corn, soy, wheat, gluten or animal byproducts, ditch that food! Find another food that contains only named meat sources and named meat meals as the first ingredients. Cats are carnivores and were meant to eat MEAT! :)

      I'll list some great brands in the space provided below.

      3.) Feeding a wet or partially wet diet can help a cat lose weight. Wet food is very healthy for cats because it really helps to keep them hydrated. Contrary to popular belief, wet food isn't any worse for teeth than dry food.

      4.) Play with your kitty- get a laser pointer, or some jingly balls, or something your cat finds interesting and get her up and playing for as long as you can, every single day.

      It will take a while for your kitty to get back down to normal size, but if you're not seeing results after a few months, a trip to the vet and some blood panels are in order. The cat could have a medical condition causing her obesity, such as hypothyroidism.

      I hope this information is helpful.

      Good Luck!

  30. QUESTION:
    Why is hypothyroidism more common in women than men?
    I know what hypothyroidism is, but what causes more women to have hypothyroidism than men? If a male has hypothyroidism what would be some causes to that? In general, what are some underlying causes of hypothyroidism? My dad told me he went to the doctors and has hypothyroidism and has to go back to find out the causes. I don't know if their is a family history of hypothyroidism or other auto-immune diseases.

    • ANSWER:
      Thyroid activity fluctuates within the day in response to diet, stress, temperature, etc. In light of this knowledge, one can speculate or identify genetic, hormonal, lifestyle, & dietary factors as contributors to hypothyroidism.

      Since hypothyroidism often besets someone gradually, it is one of the degenerative diseases that gets noticed as lifespans increase.As you mentioned, autoimmune diseases can target the thyroid & cause dysfunction, either by elevating thyroid activity or decreasing it (sometimes it increases it first & then decreases it later). It's hard to isolate this as genetic or hormonal, since women do tend to have more autoimmune disorders. Perhaps it's both. Estradiol (an estrogen) can have an antagonistic effect on thyroid function by competing for binding sites. If estradiol binds first, then thyroxine/tetraiodothyronine (T4) & triidothyronine (T3) cannot exert their effects. Estradiol also limits other thermogenic (calorie burning) & potentially thyroid stimulating effects due to its functions in limiting muscular development & encouraging fat storage. Furthermore, estradiol does not limit the activity of the adrenal glands the way that testosterone does. The "fatigue" of the adrenal glands (not as pronounced or fatal as Addison's Disease) due to insufficient curbing of their activity can decrease thyroid function. Lifestyle factors such as lack of stress reduction accelerate this process. Finally, women tend to consume less calories than men; more specifically, they eat less fat & protein. Whereas adequate fat consumption is essential for the production of certain hormones (cortisol, aldosterone, progesterone, estradiol, testosterone, etc.), adequate protein consumption is essential for peptide hormones like thyroid hormones. Thyroid hormones consist of the amino acid tyrosine combined with 1, 2, 3, or 4 atoms of iodine (hence, they have names such as tri - iodo - thyronine). In the hope of losing weight or keeping weight down, many women deprive themselves of the building blocks for healthy amounts of hormones. Some foods & supplements are goitrogenic (goiter inducing/reduce thyroid activity), such as soy. Sometimes, the cause is idiopathic (of unknown origin).

      Men with hypothyroidism may have similar causes, such as an insufficient diet, excessive stress, etc. Low testosterone may correlate with low thyroid hormones, but it's hard to say which causes which, as there are thyroid receptors in the testes, yet testosterone may increase or decrease thyroid hormone production (without necessarily causing hypothyroid symptoms). Likewise, men may have idiopathic hypothyroidism.

      Most of the factors listed above still fall within two basic categories: primary (the organ itself) hypothyroidism or secondary (the organ[s] that instruct it to act) hypothyroidism. Both men & women may have hypothyroidism as a result of inadequate TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone) from the pituitary gland or failure of the thyroid to respond properly to TSH.

      Sorry to make your eyes bleed from this lengthy response. As a final consideration, make sure your dad's doctor tests for thyroid function thoroughly via blood tests. TSH standards for hypothyroidism have been drastically revised (from 5.0 or greater to 3.0 or greater), & TSH itself is insufficient to identify true hypothyroidism without accounting for symptoms. The pituitary often mismeasures need for thyroid stimulating hormone. T4, T3, free T4, free T3, & reverse T3 are vital for determining true thyroid function. The source listed below contains information from patients contending with hypothyroidism who seek the best, most up-to-date medical advice concerning their disease. I wish you & your father well, as this can be very difficult to treat without a good doctor *who listens*.

  31. QUESTION:
    What are some ways to speed up my metabolism?
    I have an on/off eating diorder depending on my mood etc. This really takes a blow at my metabolism and when i can think straight enough to wonder, I want do know, what can i do to speed it up?

    • ANSWER:
      Dieters often complain that they can’t lose weight because they have
      a “slow metabolism.” Unfortunately, many companies capitalize on this
      misconception by marketing products that promise to give consumers a
      so called “metabolic advantage” that helps melt away the pounds.
      They are useless. There are things you can't control about your
      metabolism, and no product ever will. On the other hand, there are
      simple natural techniques, which will allow you to do it.
      What you can’t control about your metabolism:
      Age: Metabolism slows about 5 percent for each decade after 40.
      That’s because as we get older, we tend to lose muscle and gain body
      fat. Lean muscle mass is more metabolically active than fat tissue. So
      when you lose muscle mass, your metabolism slows down.
      Gender: Men generally have faster metabolisms than women because
      they’re larger and have less body fat. Men’s basal metabolic rate is
      estimated to be 10 percent to 15 percent higher than women’s.
      Hypothyroidism: An underactive thyroid will slow down your metabolism
      and ultimately lead to weight gain. The good news is that a simple
      blood test can determine whether you have this condition or not. If
      you do, you can control it with the proper medication.
      Genetics: Some people are lucky enough to be born with speedy
      metabolisms — and others are not.
      What you can control about your metabolism: Diet

      Don’t eat fewer than 1,000 calories a day. Your body and metabolism
      thrive on food. When you fast or crash diet, your metabolism will slow
      down in order to conserve energy. Imagine your metabolism as a blazing
      fire. If the fire burns consistently with the appropriate amount of
      high-quality wood, it will burn at a steady rate. But if it doesn’t
      have enough wood, the fire goes out. If it has too much wood, it can
      get out control — just like your waistline!
      Eat every four to five hours. Our bodies work hard to digest and
      absorb the foods we eat, and your metabolism revs up in response.
      This is called the thermic effect of food. Take full advantage of this
      and schedule meals and snacks every four to five hours.
      Make breakfast a priority. Studies show that people who regularly eat
      a healthy breakfast within two hours of rising are more likely to
      control their weight. This may be because you’re lifting your
      metabolic rate after it’s been in a “resting phase” during the night.
      Eat protein with every meal: All foods create a thermic effect and
      will slightly boost your metabolism. However, eating protein gives
      your body a bigger metabolic boost than eating carbohydrates or fats.
      Plus, eating enough protein will ensure you’ll maintain and build
      muscle mass. (Remember, the more muscle mass you have, the greater
      your metabolic rate). Make sure to incorporate lean protein into most
      every meal.
      Best protein sources: fish, chicken breast, turkey breast, lean red
      meat, skim milk, nonfat yogurt, eggs and egg substitutes, tofu, beans,
      and lentils.

      Meal Examples:

      Breakfast: yogurt with fresh fruit
      Lunch: turkey burger on whole-grain bun and a salad
      Dinner: grilled chicken with vegetables and a baked potato
      Exercise

      Do aerobic exercise four to five days a week. Aerobic activities,
      such as running, brisk walking, swimming and bike riding, burn
      calories and increase metabolism while you’re working out. Several
      studies show that aerobic activities cause your metabolism to stay at
      an elevated level for a period of time after you have finished
      exercising.
      Work in strength-training exercise two to three days a week. Lifting
      weights and other strengthening activities, such as doing push-ups or
      crunches, on a regular basis will actually boost your resting
      metabolism all day. That’s because these activities build muscle. And
      once again, muscle burns more calories than body fat. In fact, if you
      have more muscle, you burn more calories — even if you’re sitting
      still.
      When it comes to supplements, I do not recommend them. The
      ingredients that are effective tend to boost metabolism only slightly
      and they can be risky. High doses of stimulants can make you jittery,
      and increase heart rate and blood pressure.
      The bottom line: The safest and most effective way to boost your
      metabolism is to eat an appropriate amount of food every four to five
      hours, incorporate a portion of lean protein into each meal, and
      exercise regularly!

  32. QUESTION:
    How can I boost my metabolism without pills or weird diet drinks?
    I've decided to take a 4 month long diet challenge to see how much weight I can lose my August4th (my brithday)
    Is there any way I can boost my metabolism naturally (fruit veggies so on) without costly pills and gross diet shakes?
    :) Any other tips on weight loss (again no pills or shakes) are totally welcome. :)
    Thanks!
    Btw im very young... 16 to be exact
    I havent been living a very healthy lifestyle, and i want to change that now.

    • ANSWER:
      Dieters often complain that they can’t lose weight because they have
      a “slow metabolism.” Unfortunately, many companies capitalize on this
      misconception by marketing products that promise to give consumers a
      so called “metabolic advantage” that helps melt away the pounds.
      They are useless. There are things you can't control about your
      metabolism, and no product ever will. On the other hand, there are
      simple natural techniques, which will allow you to do it.
      What you can’t control about your metabolism:
      Age: Metabolism slows about 5 percent for each decade after 40.
      That’s because as we get older, we tend to lose muscle and gain body
      fat. Lean muscle mass is more metabolically active than fat tissue. So
      when you lose muscle mass, your metabolism slows down.
      Gender: Men generally have faster metabolisms than women because
      they’re larger and have less body fat. Men’s basal metabolic rate is
      estimated to be 10 percent to 15 percent higher than women’s.
      Hypothyroidism: An underactive thyroid will slow down your metabolism
      and ultimately lead to weight gain. The good news is that a simple
      blood test can determine whether you have this condition or not. If
      you do, you can control it with the proper medication.
      Genetics: Some people are lucky enough to be born with speedy
      metabolisms — and others are not.
      What you can control about your metabolism: Diet

      Don’t eat fewer than 1,000 calories a day. Your body and metabolism
      thrive on food. When you fast or crash diet, your metabolism will slow
      down in order to conserve energy. Imagine your metabolism as a blazing
      fire. If the fire burns consistently with the appropriate amount of
      high-quality wood, it will burn at a steady rate. But if it doesn’t
      have enough wood, the fire goes out. If it has too much wood, it can
      get out control — just like your waistline!
      Eat every four to five hours. Our bodies work hard to digest and
      absorb the foods we eat, and your metabolism revs up in response.
      This is called the thermic effect of food. Take full advantage of this
      and schedule meals and snacks every four to five hours.
      Make breakfast a priority. Studies show that people who regularly eat
      a healthy breakfast within two hours of rising are more likely to
      control their weight. This may be because you’re lifting your
      metabolic rate after it’s been in a “resting phase” during the night.
      Eat protein with every meal: All foods create a thermic effect and
      will slightly boost your metabolism. However, eating protein gives
      your body a bigger metabolic boost than eating carbohydrates or fats.
      Plus, eating enough protein will ensure you’ll maintain and build
      muscle mass. (Remember, the more muscle mass you have, the greater
      your metabolic rate). Make sure to incorporate lean protein into most
      every meal.
      Best protein sources: fish, chicken breast, turkey breast, lean red
      meat, skim milk, nonfat yogurt, eggs and egg substitutes, tofu, beans,
      and lentils.

      Meal Examples:

      Breakfast: yogurt with fresh fruit
      Lunch: turkey burger on whole-grain bun and a salad
      Dinner: grilled chicken with vegetables and a baked potato
      Exercise

      Do aerobic exercise four to five days a week. Aerobic activities,
      such as running, brisk walking, swimming and bike riding, burn
      calories and increase metabolism while you’re working out. Several
      studies show that aerobic activities cause your metabolism to stay at
      an elevated level for a period of time after you have finished
      exercising.
      Work in strength-training exercise two to three days a week. Lifting
      weights and other strengthening activities, such as doing push-ups or
      crunches, on a regular basis will actually boost your resting
      metabolism all day. That’s because these activities build muscle. And
      once again, muscle burns more calories than body fat. In fact, if you
      have more muscle, you burn more calories — even if you’re sitting
      still.
      When it comes to supplements, I do not recommend them. The
      ingredients that are effective tend to boost metabolism only slightly
      and they can be risky. High doses of stimulants can make you jittery,
      and increase heart rate and blood pressure.
      The bottom line: The safest and most effective way to boost your
      metabolism is to eat an appropriate amount of food every four to five
      hours, incorporate a portion of lean protein into each meal, and
      exercise regularly!

  33. QUESTION:
    What are some of the main issues and complications involving PCOS and Diabex?
    I have recently been diagnosed with PCOS and I have been craving really bad foods with the medication I am on, then I feel really sick after wards. Are these to do with the PCOS, or the meds? Or is there something else wrong? Could you please also leave a list of other things that PCOS can create or show? Ta.

    • ANSWER:
      I recommend optimizing vit.D levels & starting a low carb lifeplan. If you consider low carb, notify your doctor, meds may need to be lowered or eliminated.

      I highly recommend a fat based diet to maximize health & balance hormones. All carbs >9g per hour trigger insulin.

      Insulin is considered the "bully" hormone. While it dominates the bloodstream, other hormones aren't allowed to function properly, especially sex hormones & human growth hormone. This creates a major imbalance in the body which creates a lot of defenses that we call symptoms (excess fat accumulation, high blood pressure, high blood sugar, high cholesterol, etc.)

      This is an example of items founds in a high fat diet - I don't recommend this as the sole source of foods but with the addition of eggs, dairy, vegetables & cold water fish (sardines, mackerel, herring or salmon) - it would be much closer to ideal.

      1750 calories 23g of net carbs (65g of fiber) & 80% of total calories from fat-

      3oz sunflower seeds
      3oz chia seeds
      1oz flax seeds
      2oz almonds
      1oz Brazil nuts
      2oz Olives
      half avocado

      They don't know if insulin resistance creates PCOS or if PCOS creates insulin resistance. I believe it's just another side effect of insulin dysfunction. Long term ingestion of refined carbs "burn out" the insulin receptors on muscle cells, so calories go directly to fat cells, leaving muscle cells screaming for nutrition.

      Most people get overweight because their bodies just can't process carbs any more. They become insulin resistant & carbs go straight to fat cells. Fat storage is a symptom of the disease state. When your muscles become insulin resistant, then calories go directly to fat cells instead of to glycogen stores & you become overweight fast. It's nearly impossible to lose weight at this point without minimizing carbs because the body no longer is able to process carbs. The body won't release fat stores until the blood stream is free of insulin. In someone insulin resistant, the insulin response is too sensitive & produces too much insulin.

      As healthy as fruit may be, it just doesn't promote fat loss. Fructose, the sugar in most fruits is the most lipogenic (fat producing) carb & creates triglycerides which "trap" fat in fat cells.

      Type 2 diabetes used to be called adult onset diabetes because it was rare that people had it til they were in their 50s. They had to change the name because now it's common in children. Now they add high fructose corn syrup to infant formula & we have an epidemic of obese 6mo old infants who become diabetic as children.

      The whole purpose of carbohydrates is to put the body in fat storage mode so we can gain as much fat as possible to survive winter & famine. Carbs trigger an insatiable appetite so you can eat as much as is available. Carbs were only suppose to be available during harvest season, not year around.

      The body doesn't "need" carbs for energy. Carbs may provide quick energy but fats provide sustained energy. A low carb diet is a high fat diet, protein shouldn't be more than 30% of daily calories on any diet & preferably 20%. Coconut oil is the only fat to provide quick energy like a carb (but without the rise in blood sugar or insulin).

      Dr.Broda Barnes suggested that for someone with thyroid dysfunctions to never go below 1500 calories or 30g of net carbs per day - otherwise the thyroid could be harmed further.

      The Barnes Basal Temperature Test (BBTT)is a simple test anyone can undertake at home in order to assess their thyroid function. It is most often used to detect undiagnosed hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid) but will also provide evidence of hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid).

      I highly recommend 1 oz. (about 4) canned (or fresh) oysters every day for the naturally occurring zinc (170% DV) & 90% DV of vitamin B12 as well as getting 1g a week in Omega 3 fatty acids, EPA/DHA. Animal studies show that zinc deficiency is associated with decreased serum T3 levels. Zinc may play a role in thyroid hormone metabolism in patients with low T3 and may contribute to conversion of T4 to T3 in humans.

      PCOS forum -

      http://forum.lowcarber.org/forumdisplay.php?f=46

      Vitamin D deficiency may contribute to the wide set of disorders associated with metabolic syndrome (syndrome X), as well as to PCOS. In a study published in 2004, the authors saw a 60% improvement in insulin sensitivity in healthy, vitamin D replete adults

      http://www.womentowomen.com/healthynutrition/vitamind.aspx

  34. QUESTION:
    What are some good ways to speed up my motabolism?
    I am setting a goal to lose 25 pounds in 8 weeks and i am wondering what would be a good way to speed my motabolisim.

    • ANSWER:
      Dieters often complain that they can’t lose weight because they have
      a “slow metabolism.” Unfortunately, many companies capitalize on this
      misconception by marketing products that promise to give consumers a
      so called “metabolic advantage” that helps melt away the pounds.
      They are useless. There are things you can't control about your
      metabolism, and no product ever will. On the other hand, there are
      simple natural techniques, which will allow you to do it.
      What you can’t control about your metabolism:
      Age: Metabolism slows about 5 percent for each decade after 40.
      That’s because as we get older, we tend to lose muscle and gain body
      fat. Lean muscle mass is more metabolically active than fat tissue. So
      when you lose muscle mass, your metabolism slows down.
      Gender: Men generally have faster metabolisms than women because
      they’re larger and have less body fat. Men’s basal metabolic rate is
      estimated to be 10 percent to 15 percent higher than women’s.
      Hypothyroidism: An underactive thyroid will slow down your metabolism
      and ultimately lead to weight gain. The good news is that a simple
      blood test can determine whether you have this condition or not. If
      you do, you can control it with the proper medication.
      Genetics: Some people are lucky enough to be born with speedy
      metabolisms — and others are not.
      What you can control about your metabolism: Diet

      Don’t eat fewer than 1,000 calories a day. Your body and metabolism
      thrive on food. When you fast or crash diet, your metabolism will slow
      down in order to conserve energy. Imagine your metabolism as a blazing
      fire. If the fire burns consistently with the appropriate amount of
      high-quality wood, it will burn at a steady rate. But if it doesn’t
      have enough wood, the fire goes out. If it has too much wood, it can
      get out control — just like your waistline!
      Eat every four to five hours. Our bodies work hard to digest and
      absorb the foods we eat, and your metabolism revs up in response.
      This is called the thermic effect of food. Take full advantage of this
      and schedule meals and snacks every four to five hours.
      Make breakfast a priority. Studies show that people who regularly eat
      a healthy breakfast within two hours of rising are more likely to
      control their weight. This may be because you’re lifting your
      metabolic rate after it’s been in a “resting phase” during the night.
      Eat protein with every meal: All foods create a thermic effect and
      will slightly boost your metabolism. However, eating protein gives
      your body a bigger metabolic boost than eating carbohydrates or fats.
      Plus, eating enough protein will ensure you’ll maintain and build
      muscle mass. (Remember, the more muscle mass you have, the greater
      your metabolic rate). Make sure to incorporate lean protein into most
      every meal.
      Best protein sources: fish, chicken breast, turkey breast, lean red
      meat, skim milk, nonfat yogurt, eggs and egg substitutes, tofu, beans,
      and lentils.

      Meal Examples:

      Breakfast: yogurt with fresh fruit
      Lunch: turkey burger on whole-grain bun and a salad
      Dinner: grilled chicken with vegetables and a baked potato
      Exercise

      Do aerobic exercise four to five days a week. Aerobic activities,
      such as running, brisk walking, swimming and bike riding, burn
      calories and increase metabolism while you’re working out. Several
      studies show that aerobic activities cause your metabolism to stay at
      an elevated level for a period of time after you have finished
      exercising.
      Work in strength-training exercise two to three days a week. Lifting
      weights and other strengthening activities, such as doing push-ups or
      crunches, on a regular basis will actually boost your resting
      metabolism all day. That’s because these activities build muscle. And
      once again, muscle burns more calories than body fat. In fact, if you
      have more muscle, you burn more calories — even if you’re sitting
      still.
      When it comes to supplements, I do not recommend them. The
      ingredients that are effective tend to boost metabolism only slightly
      and they can be risky. High doses of stimulants can make you jittery,
      and increase heart rate and blood pressure.
      The bottom line: The safest and most effective way to boost your
      metabolism is to eat an appropriate amount of food every four to five
      hours, incorporate a portion of lean protein into each meal, and
      exercise regularly!

  35. QUESTION:
    How can i lose weight fast?
    i am currently 95 kg. Struggling with polycystic ovarian syndrome, hypothyroidism and depression. I dont want to go to gym. I want to lose weight through walking and yoga. But i cant control my food cravings :( what to do? I am dying for my obesity.

    • ANSWER:
      You can't loose weight in fast. It will take at least a month. Do as follows:
      Walk & Run.
      Exercise.
      Swim.
      Do Yoga.
      Dont eat Fatty food.
      Have Soups, Salads & little of non fatty food.
      Check your weight after a month.
      Take care.

  36. QUESTION:
    Is it possible I have an eating dissorder?
    I lost 8 pounds due to stomach problems recently and the doctors think I have an eating dissorder. I love to cook and I just love food, but I always have. I am also planning on attending college for cooking or nutrition...so I do have symptoms but...
    I do not think I'm fat! I think I'm too thin and am trying (really hard) to gain weight! The doctors don't believe me, so please include any weight gain tips (healthy please)
    thank you!

    • ANSWER:
      first off you may won't to do some checking around on the internet to find problems that could cause weight loss/lack of weight gain, it could very well be something out of your control such as hyperthyroidism. Ask you doctor, or find another one if your current one is too much of a jerk to listen, to find out what may be the underlying cause. I have been having issues with weight, about 15 pounds too much, and even though my calorie intake is balanced and healthy I still have trouble losing weight. Come to find out it is hypothyroidism. There are things that you could have that could lead to much worse down the road. With me, if I hadn't checked mine, further down the road my hair would start falling out, possibly go into a coma, or worse I could have died. If after this you find that you are in fact in good health, go to a nutritionist. They can guide you on a diet that would help you to achieve your goals in a healthy way, no diet tricks or unhealthy habits. I hope you can find a healthy way to a happier you! Good luck!

  37. QUESTION:
    What is safe for me and what should I look out for?
    I have recently been diagnosed with hypothyrodism. Meaning my thyriod levels are low. Is there anyone out there who has the same problem and can lend me some advice? I am new to this and I would like to stay healthy and I am trying to lose weight on top of that so its getting difficult. Any tips, tricks or really good advice is needed and appreciated :)

    • ANSWER:
      I've been taking thyroid medication for about 15 years or more now. As your medication levels get adjusted you will find it easier to lose weight and will find that you have more energy. There really isn't much that you need to worry about. Take your medication at the same time everyday, at least an hour before or after eating - so you don't take it with food. Just eat a healthy diet, get your blood work done when you are supposed to, get some exercise. Your smptoms will all go away within several weeks of starting your meds. Hypothyroidism is easily and well controlled with medication.

  38. QUESTION:
    What is a safe way to speed up metabolism?
    Besides eating small quantities of food frequently?

    • ANSWER:
      Dieters often complain that they can’t lose weight because they have
      a “slow metabolism.” Unfortunately, many companies capitalize on this
      misconception by marketing products that promise to give consumers a
      so called “metabolic advantage” that helps melt away the pounds.
      They are useless. There are things you can't control about your
      metabolism, and no product ever will. On the other hand, there are
      simple natural techniques, which will allow you to do it.
      What you can’t control about your metabolism:
      Age: Metabolism slows about 5 percent for each decade after 40.
      That’s because as we get older, we tend to lose muscle and gain body
      fat. Lean muscle mass is more metabolically active than fat tissue. So
      when you lose muscle mass, your metabolism slows down.
      Gender: Men generally have faster metabolisms than women because
      they’re larger and have less body fat. Men’s basal metabolic rate is
      estimated to be 10 percent to 15 percent higher than women’s.
      Hypothyroidism: An underactive thyroid will slow down your metabolism
      and ultimately lead to weight gain. The good news is that a simple
      blood test can determine whether you have this condition or not. If
      you do, you can control it with the proper medication.
      Genetics: Some people are lucky enough to be born with speedy
      metabolisms — and others are not.
      What you can control about your metabolism: Diet

      Don’t eat fewer than 1,000 calories a day. Your body and metabolism
      thrive on food. When you fast or crash diet, your metabolism will slow
      down in order to conserve energy. Imagine your metabolism as a blazing
      fire. If the fire burns consistently with the appropriate amount of
      high-quality wood, it will burn at a steady rate. But if it doesn’t
      have enough wood, the fire goes out. If it has too much wood, it can
      get out control — just like your waistline!
      Eat every four to five hours. Our bodies work hard to digest and
      absorb the foods we eat, and your metabolism revs up in response.
      This is called the thermic effect of food. Take full advantage of this
      and schedule meals and snacks every four to five hours.
      Make breakfast a priority. Studies show that people who regularly eat
      a healthy breakfast within two hours of rising are more likely to
      control their weight. This may be because you’re lifting your
      metabolic rate after it’s been in a “resting phase” during the night.
      Eat protein with every meal: All foods create a thermic effect and
      will slightly boost your metabolism. However, eating protein gives
      your body a bigger metabolic boost than eating carbohydrates or fats.
      Plus, eating enough protein will ensure you’ll maintain and build
      muscle mass. (Remember, the more muscle mass you have, the greater
      your metabolic rate). Make sure to incorporate lean protein into most
      every meal.
      Best protein sources: fish, chicken breast, turkey breast, lean red
      meat, skim milk, nonfat yogurt, eggs and egg substitutes, tofu, beans,
      and lentils.

      Meal Examples:

      Breakfast: yogurt with fresh fruit
      Lunch: turkey burger on whole-grain bun and a salad
      Dinner: grilled chicken with vegetables and a baked potato
      Exercise

      Do aerobic exercise four to five days a week. Aerobic activities,
      such as running, brisk walking, swimming and bike riding, burn
      calories and increase metabolism while you’re working out. Several
      studies show that aerobic activities cause your metabolism to stay at
      an elevated level for a period of time after you have finished
      exercising.
      Work in strength-training exercise two to three days a week. Lifting
      weights and other strengthening activities, such as doing push-ups or
      crunches, on a regular basis will actually boost your resting
      metabolism all day. That’s because these activities build muscle. And
      once again, muscle burns more calories than body fat. In fact, if you
      have more muscle, you burn more calories — even if you’re sitting
      still.
      When it comes to supplements, I do not recommend them. The
      ingredients that are effective tend to boost metabolism only slightly
      and they can be risky. High doses of stimulants can make you jittery,
      and increase heart rate and blood pressure.
      The bottom line: The safest and most effective way to boost your
      metabolism is to eat an appropriate amount of food every four to five
      hours, incorporate a portion of lean protein into each meal, and
      exercise regularly!

  39. QUESTION:
    How do you lose weight if you have hypothyroidism?
    I am hypothyroid and also bipolar for which I take lithium. Is there anything to help in this situation? No regular diet plans have helped.

    • ANSWER:
      hi :) am not sure whats available in the markets...but, this is what i did to lose weight... PLEASE DONT TAKE PILLS... pills are nothing but anorectic agents... they make you feel less hungry... there is no way to loose weight fast... though , sauna , steam and massages help slightly... it has to be combined with diet and excercise... pills are very bad in the long run... can lead to impotency and infertility...

      Also... short term diets are no good because , they terribly pull down your body metabolism rate since you dont eat much during that period ... Because of this , once you break your diet , you'll start putting on more weight, the reduced body metabolism will take longer and slower to burn the food you take in...

      They also dont work because once you break your diet and start eating normally, you will get back to your normal weight as you might not be cautious as to how many cals you take in per day...

      i lost 10 kgs in about 5 months time... i am getting married in august and i desperately needed to loose weight... i was 65 kilos when i started... according to my BMI , i was 10kgs + overweight... i stand 5'2.odd and 65 kilos is grossly overweight...

      just dieting wont help like i found out in my case... diet + exercise will do the trick...

      i'll tell you what i did... it worked for me... hope it works for you too :)

      the trick is not to starve but to eat smart :) and stay healthy :)

      what you should cut down :
      oil , butter , cheese , margarine , mayonisse , sauces (depends , will get back to that a bit later), chips , crisps, nuts , chocolates , sugar , cola, fizz , areated drinks ,ice creams , chocolate , alcohol , cakes and everything else thats hi - cal... you'll need to avoid everything thats sweet , oily and sticky... if you are not sure about what foods to avoid... check the net...loads of info available...

      vegetables / meat to avoid :
      potatoes - very very important , beetroot (its a root and has concenterated sugar in it) , all kinds of roots basically except carrot... avoid lamb, mutton , pork , beef, and prawns... all these put on weight... eat only lean meats... thats fish and chicken.. avoid eating egg yolk... eat just the egg white...

      fruits to avoid :
      mangoes , bananas , jackfruit

      now that we had a look at what foodstuff is to be avoided...you might be wondering if there is anythig at all that you can eat... thats how i felt... there is loads of stuff you can eat actually :)

      here they come :)

      fast foods are a big no no... you can order salads and special lo cal foods that are avaailable in most outlets...

      its best to eat at home for the period you are dieting and trying to lose weight...after those few months... once you've shed your load...you can get back to your usual lifestyle... of course with some caution...

      my diet...
      breakfast:

      skimmed milk (use skimmmed milk , is low in fat , other typer of milk are higher in fat content) , fruit... i am from India... am not sure where you are from and hence you might not understand certain food types we consume here... but let me tell you something... Indian food is very very oily and very difficult to diet...

      and try cereal in the mornings... oats, weetabix... etc... have a good breakfast...alwaays use brown bread... whole wheat brown bread is very good for weight reduction...

      for lunch , we are staple rice eaters... rice is bad for fat reduction... but i still took rice because its a habit tht cant be changed... everyone takes rice here... so... rice - one cup - 100gms and lots of veggies cooked in less oil.. and absolutely no coconut and curry with less oil... all in all keep your oil intake to 2 tea spoons everyday... that would be just for seasoning... also using olive oil helps a lot...

      then for dinner... compulsarily have wheat... pasta is a good option...but make sure you buy wheat pasta... check before buying... and of course in pasta absolutely no sauces... some varities of sauces are acceptable... as far as they dont have cheese , butter , oil ,mayonisse and fattening substances in general... you can use tomato spicy sauces etc... make sure your sugar intake doesnt cross 2 - 3 spoons per day... (not tablespoons) and no butter and ghee of course... eat a lot of fruits and vegetables... and all kinds of cereal... if you are hungry... eat a fruit... or you can eat stuff like puffed wheat and puffed rice... but no puffed corn... corn products again put on weight...

      eat sandwiches as much as possible... i dont know which part of the world you are from and hence cant suggest much for you in terms of recepies...

      and combined with dieting... you need to excercise for atleast an hour everyday... you'll see the difference...defenitely... if you think gym is boring... take up dance classes... or run along the beach... if you have one... or skate... or just about any physical activity... brisk walking will also help...
      the key is to stay healthy while you diet and lose weight...

      drink loads of water...atleast 6 glasses per day... and do a lot of physical activity.... take the stairwy instead of the lift.... and small things like that...
      if you have any more queries...mail me... cheers :) and good luck :) its not difficult...you'll get used to it in a few days... and of course the results are fab:) who doesnt want a great looking body...

      you can get back to your normal lifestyle once you slim down... after that... its just eating what you like and burning it out the next day with just a little bit of excercise :) also check your weight everyday... its a great way to motivate and monitor your progres :)

      Source(s):

      personal exp :)

  40. QUESTION:
    Are there treatments for hypothyroid other than synthroid?
    Are there any alternative treatments, besides diet and exercize, to treat thyroid and other hormone conditions? I'm looking for non-synthetic drugs, supplements, herbs, or any alternative to medicine. Proper nutritional intake and exercize has helped me stop gaining weight, but I still can't lose weight, beat the fatigue or manage the girly stuff alone.

    • ANSWER:
      You say that you have tried proper nutritional intake, but the amount of food and the quality of food that we eat is important for weight control but is not the whole story when it comes to hypothyroidism. There are some foods that help our thyroid function and some that lower thyroid function.

      The foods that are bad for thyroid functioning are called "goiterogenic foods". Goitrogenic foods are foods that can affect thyroid function by inhibiting synthesis of thyroid hormones, resulting in enlargement of the gland (goiter). If you suffer from low thyroid function you should avoid these foods. They are:

      Bok choy
      Broccoli
      Brussel sprouts
      Cabbage
      Cauliflower
      Garden cress
      Kale
      Kohlrabi
      Kohlrabi
      Millet
      Mustard
      Peaches
      Peanuts
      Radishes
      Radishes
      Rutabaga
      Soy and soy-related foods [tofu/tempeh/soy products]
      Spinach
      Strawberries
      Turnips

      There are also foods that contain iodine, and help your thyroid to work better. They are: varieties of seaweed such as kelp, fish, and other seafoods have a very high iodine content and are helpful to the proper functioning of your thyroid gland.

      Selenium is another helpful mineral. Many people diagnosed with hypothyroidism were found to be selenium deficient. Selenium is required to convert the T4 thyroid hormone to the active T3 form. As an example, the selenium containing enzyme type-I-iodothyronine-deiodinase is important for the conversion of T4 to T3. So selenium deficiency can reduce the activity of the thyroid hormones.

      Tyrosine is an amino acid needed by the body to manufacture thyroid hormones from iodine. And so the use of tyrosine as a dietary supplement increases production of thyroid hormones.

      Bladderwrack is a seaweed that is a rich source of iodine. It also contains the minerals potassium, magnesium, calcium, iron, and zinc.

      Other herbs used to treat hypothyroidism are coleus, laminaria, ganoderma, gotu kola, and panax ginseng.

      Good luck.

  41. QUESTION:
    What are things you can do to speed up metabolism?
    Any specific foods to eat?

    • ANSWER:
      Dieters often complain that they can’t lose weight because they have
      a “slow metabolism.” Unfortunately, many companies capitalize on this
      misconception by marketing products that promise to give consumers a
      so called “metabolic advantage” that helps melt away the pounds.
      They are useless. There are things you can't control about your
      metabolism, and no product ever will. On the other hand, there are
      simple natural techniques, which will allow you to do it.
      What you can’t control about your metabolism:
      Age: Metabolism slows about 5 percent for each decade after 40.
      That’s because as we get older, we tend to lose muscle and gain body
      fat. Lean muscle mass is more metabolically active than fat tissue. So
      when you lose muscle mass, your metabolism slows down.
      Gender: Men generally have faster metabolisms than women because
      they’re larger and have less body fat. Men’s basal metabolic rate is
      estimated to be 10 percent to 15 percent higher than women’s.
      Hypothyroidism: An underactive thyroid will slow down your metabolism
      and ultimately lead to weight gain. The good news is that a simple
      blood test can determine whether you have this condition or not. If
      you do, you can control it with the proper medication.
      Genetics: Some people are lucky enough to be born with speedy
      metabolisms — and others are not.
      What you can control about your metabolism: Diet

      Don’t eat fewer than 1,000 calories a day. Your body and metabolism
      thrive on food. When you fast or crash diet, your metabolism will slow
      down in order to conserve energy. Imagine your metabolism as a blazing
      fire. If the fire burns consistently with the appropriate amount of
      high-quality wood, it will burn at a steady rate. But if it doesn’t
      have enough wood, the fire goes out. If it has too much wood, it can
      get out control — just like your waistline!
      Eat every four to five hours. Our bodies work hard to digest and
      absorb the foods we eat, and your metabolism revs up in response.
      This is called the thermic effect of food. Take full advantage of this
      and schedule meals and snacks every four to five hours.
      Make breakfast a priority. Studies show that people who regularly eat
      a healthy breakfast within two hours of rising are more likely to
      control their weight. This may be because you’re lifting your
      metabolic rate after it’s been in a “resting phase” during the night.
      Eat protein with every meal: All foods create a thermic effect and
      will slightly boost your metabolism. However, eating protein gives
      your body a bigger metabolic boost than eating carbohydrates or fats.
      Plus, eating enough protein will ensure you’ll maintain and build
      muscle mass. (Remember, the more muscle mass you have, the greater
      your metabolic rate). Make sure to incorporate lean protein into most
      every meal.
      Best protein sources: fish, chicken breast, turkey breast, lean red
      meat, skim milk, nonfat yogurt, eggs and egg substitutes, tofu, beans,
      and lentils.

      Meal Examples:

      Breakfast: yogurt with fresh fruit
      Lunch: turkey burger on whole-grain bun and a salad
      Dinner: grilled chicken with vegetables and a baked potato
      Exercise

      Do aerobic exercise four to five days a week. Aerobic activities,
      such as running, brisk walking, swimming and bike riding, burn
      calories and increase metabolism while you’re working out. Several
      studies show that aerobic activities cause your metabolism to stay at
      an elevated level for a period of time after you have finished
      exercising.
      Work in strength-training exercise two to three days a week. Lifting
      weights and other strengthening activities, such as doing push-ups or
      crunches, on a regular basis will actually boost your resting
      metabolism all day. That’s because these activities build muscle. And
      once again, muscle burns more calories than body fat. In fact, if you
      have more muscle, you burn more calories — even if you’re sitting
      still.
      When it comes to supplements, I do not recommend them. The
      ingredients that are effective tend to boost metabolism only slightly
      and they can be risky. High doses of stimulants can make you jittery,
      and increase heart rate and blood pressure.
      The bottom line: The safest and most effective way to boost your
      metabolism is to eat an appropriate amount of food every four to five
      hours, incorporate a portion of lean protein into each meal, and
      exercise regularly!

  42. QUESTION:
    I have hypothyroidism and I am on medication. I have gained about 20 kg weight. How can I lose it fast?
    I am about 20 kgs overweight. I have hypothyroidism whih results in weight gain. Now I am on medication and it is normal but I have not lost weight as expected. Is there a way by which I can loose weight fast?

    • ANSWER:
      Diet and fitness work together toward a healthy lifestyle. Changing your diet and your level of fitness is what can change the way you look and feel. The best way to lose weight is about living a healthier life than what you may be living now. You will need a complete lifestyle change and you will need to be committed. The body loses about 2 pounds a week optimally and that’s 2 pounds that stay off. When you drop at a faster rate your body could potentially rebound and either plateau your weight loss or put extra weight on. If you are committed then you should reach your goal.

      This bit of advice is something I tell anyone who asks whether you are my client or not.
      There are 5 most important things that must go together in any workout program. These are part of changing your complete lifestyle to one that is healthier. They also help you to naturally optimize your metabolism. The faster your metabolism the better your body uses your food for energy, instead of storing it as fat.
      I put them in the order of importance.

      1. Eat more. Yes eat more. More meals that is. It is best to eat a small meal every 3-4 hours. The meal should be just large enough to where you are not hungry, as opposed to eating you are full. There is a difference, think of it as no bigger than the size of your two fists put together. Eating 1 or 2 meals a day slows your metabolism down. You should have at least 4-6 meals a day. For most a ratio of carbs-proteins-fats should be 50%-25%-25% is good, but each person is unique.

      2. Drink more water. Most of us don’t have enough water. This means our bodies are dehydrated. Two things a dehydrated body has trouble doing, one is releasing water. In order to lose fat you must be able to release water, because fat cells in your body are composed of mostly water. A dehydrated body cannot build very well. Muscle tone indicates a constant building state in your body. If your body isn’t building that means it is losing muscle and it’s never good to lose muscle that slows your metabolism and makes you look flabby.

      3. Maintain a balanced workout regimen of cardio and resistance (weights). Cardio is good for fat burning and it’s easy to do and to progress yourself. Resistance is a little harder because it’s not as easy to know what to do. If weights aren’t your thing then try Yoga or Pilates. Both are very effective resistance and core training and can help you maintain lean muscle and increase your overall metabolism.

      4. Smart supplementation of your diet is your best solution to making sure you get the nutrients your food doesn’t give you. A daily multivitamin will suffice in most cases, and if you don’t like pills they sell it in liquid form. Plus cleanses, as well as detox formulas are awesome for eliminating toxins we take into our bodies without knowing.

      5. Sleep is a very important part of any healthy lifestyle regimen. When we sleep our bodies and minds refresh themselves and allow us to function at an optimal level. Sleeping allows muscles to rebuild themselves and when they do that, it speeds your metabolism.

      You may ask why I gave you this long list instead of just telling you what exercises to do. The reason is if you think that exercising is all you need then you are mislead. If exercising is all we needed to look and feel great then everybody who works out at the gym would have great bodies and be healthy. If you have been to a gym before you know its not true.

  43. QUESTION:
    What are some possible causes of sudden, fast weight gain?
    All my life I've eaten tons of food with little exercise, yet I'd always been very very skinny, in fact I was slightly underweight most of my life.

    But ever since I turned 17 years old in November, I've started to gain weight really fast, all of a sudden. I hadn't changed my diet whatsoever. But when I noticed I started gaining some weight, I started restricting and reducing my calorie intake less and less, but it's like the less I ate, the more weight I gained. Since the start of november I actually gained 4 kilos or 9 pounds. Nowadays I'm actually eating around 1000 to 1300 calories everyday, and I'm still not losing weight.

    What could be some causes of this? I thought it was a hormonal inbalance at first so I got tested for Hypothyroidism and abnormalities in my female hormone, but both that and my thyroid are normal. What other causes could there be for this?

    Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      This is something that catches up with a lot of young skinny girls! I was the same, up until the age of about 16 I was always very slim, a lot of people said I was too skinny but I always ate loads! My mum always said to me 'it'll catch up with you one day!' but I never believed her! I think the main reason is that you are becoming more of a woman, your breasts will be getting bigger, your hips will be getting bigger and your whole body is still going through a lot of changes.
      As I said, your body is still got a year or two's worth of growth and changing to do so please put your calorie intake back up! The best thing you can do is to go on a 1500 - 1700 calorie per day intake. You should still eat reasonably healthy but just eat smaller potions, more often. You should also start an exercise regime. Once you have put the weight on, you will never lose it by just eating healthy or just exercising. You need to do both.
      I just want to make sure you know that you won't ever get your old body back exactly how is was as when you were 15/16 you were still just a young girl and now you are becoming a woman. It's great to try and stay fit and healthy but make sure you embrace your curves! Also, you need to remember that you say you put on 9 pounds since November and Christmas was in between then and now - EVERYONE puts on weight over Christmas so don't be too disheartened!
      Just one more thing to think about - are you on any type of contraception as I am aware that some pills can make you gain weight so if you are, it always worth speaking to your doctor and seeing if you can try a different pill.

  44. QUESTION:
    Why is it impossible to lose weight?
    I eat 1500 calories a day, a lot of which is fruit and vegetables and it's quite low carb. I don't touch junk food, sweets (apart from fruit) or alcohol except for special occasions. I even tried 800 calories a day for a couple months. I get at the very least an hour of aerobics in each day and I go everywhere on foot.

    A year of this and I'm still 20 lbs overweight, haven't lost a thing. I went to three doctors. I came out negative for hypothyroidism, so they pretty much just told me to keep doing what I'm doing, even though it's not working. What can I do? I feel horrible, uncomfortable and so incredibly ugly.

    • ANSWER:
      Drink at least 4 liters of water a day, make sure that your getting about 8 hours of sleep a night. Go in for a massage every other month or so to relax your muscles cause every single day exercising isn't good for them, you want to have at least a day off a week. That should help you, if it doesn't join a gym and talk to a trainer, they may be able to help you cause you can give them more detail then you did us, like how strenuous your exercise is. Keep in mind you maybe building muscle as fast as your losing fat.

  45. QUESTION:
    How do you loose weight if you have diabetes type 1?
    My bezzie has diabeties and she is get a bit fat and she wants to know how to loose weight, but if she does to much exercise her blood sugars go low and has to eat chocolate, which is filled with sugars and fat she has just burned off. Please help her!

    • ANSWER:
      If she will be increasing her exercise levels, and eating a healthier diet/smaller portions in order to lose weight, she needs to reduce her insulin dosages. Otherwise she is just feeding the insulin and low blood sugars.

      This will likely include a reduction to her basal rate, possibly as well her bolus ratios and correction factors. The problem with Type 1 diabetes is that while Type 1 diabetes is a disease of insulin deficiency and not insulin resistance (Type 2 diabetes is related to insulin resistance), most Type 1 diabetics have to inject larger amounts of insulin than their body would ever produce. Injecting insulin is just not as efficient as insulin directly from the pancreas. This can set the stage for weight gain in some people, and if a person is not careful with their diet, over time they can develop insulin resistance as well. This is especially an issue in Type 1 diabetics with a history of Type 2 diabetes (the form often related to obesity and lifestyle). These people with the genes for both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes can develop what's unofficially called "double diabetes". This is very bad and increases the risk for diabetes complications.

      The main goal is to eat a healthy diet that is good for *everyone*. No processed/junk/fast foods, small frequent meals, whole grains, lean meats, fish, veggies, fruits, and good fats like olive oil. Focus on eating foods in their natural state, such as veggies. Use premeasured glucose tubes or tablets instead of foods with empty calories to treat low blood sugar. Chocolate shouldn't be used to treat low blood sugar anyway, not just because of weight gain issues, but because the fat in chocolate delays absorption, which you do NOT want in this case.

      The fact is, there is no one simple solution here. Anyone with Type 1 diabetes (especially if she is underage) needs to develop a plan with their doctor and diabetes care team. Type 1 diabetes management is too complex and individualized to handle any other way. Getting specific medical advice for someone with a serious health condition online is not the answer. Her specialist will have to determine how to adjust her insulin needs safely while not compromising diabetes control. She will have to learn how to do this from a medical professional who knows her case. As you can see, just starting an exercise routine is not the answer. Many Type 1 diabetics have serious issues trying to exercise and control their blood sugar. Some have an *increase* due to stress hormones. Others drop low. Others go high and THEN drop low hours later. There is no one solution, but research is being done as we speak for ways to better manage BG during exercise in Type 1 diabetics.

      She may also want to switch to the newer insulins, if she is not already on them. They can cause less unnecessary background insulin and insulin spikes (NPH is notorious for peaks requiring snacks), may help reduce snacks and make it easier to exercise without as many low blood sugar episodes. An insulin pump also helps some people, as you can lower your insulin (basal rate) for exercise, and generally speaking, you do not need snacks with an insulin pump. It makes it much easier to adjust your insulin dose, so you're not always "feeding" the insulin, but rather giving insulin for the food that you eat.

      All of that said, please tell her to talk to her healhcare team. No one here can give you specific medical advice, just general guidelines. When it comes to Type 1 diabetes, you need to always be safe and not sorry.

      P.S. Type 1 diabetics (Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease) are more prone to autoimmune thyroid disease due to shared genetic tendency. Hashimoto's Thyroiditis, or autoimmune hypothyroidism, can cause unexplained weight gain and low blood sugars. Her doctor should screen her for that if that has not already been done.

      Also, a recent study noted that a quick sudden burst of *high intensity* exercise before/after a moderately intense exercise session reduces the risk of low blood sugar in Type 1 diabetics (who are prone to post exercise hypoglycemia).

  46. QUESTION:
    What are some ways to quicken your metabolism?
    I've always had a slow one. Exercise helps some. What are some eating habits or supplements that help as well?

    • ANSWER:
      Dieters often complain that they can’t lose weight because they have
      a “slow metabolism.” Unfortunately, many companies capitalize on this
      misconception by marketing products that promise to give consumers a
      so called “metabolic advantage” that helps melt away the pounds.
      They are useless. There are things you can't control about your
      metabolism, and no product ever will. On the other hand, there are
      simple natural techniques, which will allow you to do it.
      What you can’t control about your metabolism:
      Age: Metabolism slows about 5 percent for each decade after 40.
      That’s because as we get older, we tend to lose muscle and gain body
      fat. Lean muscle mass is more metabolically active than fat tissue. So
      when you lose muscle mass, your metabolism slows down.
      Gender: Men generally have faster metabolisms than women because
      they’re larger and have less body fat. Men’s basal metabolic rate is
      estimated to be 10 percent to 15 percent higher than women’s.
      Hypothyroidism: An underactive thyroid will slow down your metabolism
      and ultimately lead to weight gain. The good news is that a simple
      blood test can determine whether you have this condition or not. If
      you do, you can control it with the proper medication.
      Genetics: Some people are lucky enough to be born with speedy
      metabolisms — and others are not.
      What you can control about your metabolism: Diet

      Don’t eat fewer than 1,000 calories a day. Your body and metabolism
      thrive on food. When you fast or crash diet, your metabolism will slow
      down in order to conserve energy. Imagine your metabolism as a blazing
      fire. If the fire burns consistently with the appropriate amount of
      high-quality wood, it will burn at a steady rate. But if it doesn’t
      have enough wood, the fire goes out. If it has too much wood, it can
      get out control — just like your waistline!
      Eat every four to five hours. Our bodies work hard to digest and
      absorb the foods we eat, and your metabolism revs up in response.
      This is called the thermic effect of food. Take full advantage of this
      and schedule meals and snacks every four to five hours.
      Make breakfast a priority. Studies show that people who regularly eat
      a healthy breakfast within two hours of rising are more likely to
      control their weight. This may be because you’re lifting your
      metabolic rate after it’s been in a “resting phase” during the night.
      Eat protein with every meal: All foods create a thermic effect and
      will slightly boost your metabolism. However, eating protein gives
      your body a bigger metabolic boost than eating carbohydrates or fats.
      Plus, eating enough protein will ensure you’ll maintain and build
      muscle mass. (Remember, the more muscle mass you have, the greater
      your metabolic rate). Make sure to incorporate lean protein into most
      every meal.
      Best protein sources: fish, chicken breast, turkey breast, lean red
      meat, skim milk, nonfat yogurt, eggs and egg substitutes, tofu, beans,
      and lentils.

      Meal Examples:

      Breakfast: yogurt with fresh fruit
      Lunch: turkey burger on whole-grain bun and a salad
      Dinner: grilled chicken with vegetables and a baked potato
      Exercise

      Do aerobic exercise four to five days a week. Aerobic activities,
      such as running, brisk walking, swimming and bike riding, burn
      calories and increase metabolism while you’re working out. Several
      studies show that aerobic activities cause your metabolism to stay at
      an elevated level for a period of time after you have finished
      exercising.
      Work in strength-training exercise two to three days a week. Lifting
      weights and other strengthening activities, such as doing push-ups or
      crunches, on a regular basis will actually boost your resting
      metabolism all day. That’s because these activities build muscle. And
      once again, muscle burns more calories than body fat. In fact, if you
      have more muscle, you burn more calories — even if you’re sitting
      still.
      When it comes to supplements, I do not recommend them. The
      ingredients that are effective tend to boost metabolism only slightly
      and they can be risky. High doses of stimulants can make you jittery,
      and increase heart rate and blood pressure.
      The bottom line: The safest and most effective way to boost your
      metabolism is to eat an appropriate amount of food every four to five
      hours, incorporate a portion of lean protein into each meal, and
      exercise regularly!

  47. QUESTION:
    What are the best exercises to do if you are ONLY looking to burn fat, and not gain lean muscle mass?
    I am part of a weight loss contest, so gaining pounds through muscle is not something I can afford to do until after the contest is over, so I am looking for strictly fat burning workouts to further enhance my weight loss. Any ideas?

    • ANSWER:
      Be careful not to win the contest and ruin your health. Some of the side effects of dieting can be things like:

      * Weight gain.
      * Depression.
      * Food cravings.
      * Feeling tired and listless.
      * Constant hunger.
      * Reduced interest in sex.
      * Chronic fatigue.
      * Hypothyroidism.
      * Hormone imbalance.2100
      * Scaly skin or eczema.
      * Premature wrinkling of the skin.
      * Dandruff or dull, lifeless hair.
      * Mood swings.
      * Chronic yeast infections.
      * Poor immune system- frequent colds or respiratory illnesses.
      * Digestive problems.

      80% of the solution to your problem will not be found in exercising. The answer will be found in what and how you eat. Click on my story below (Is Your Scale Broken?) to learn when a calorie is no longer a calorie. It is possible to diet, exercise and GAIN weight.

      I used something called the "Reset" program and lost 5 pounds in 5 days. I went on to lose 10 more pounds that month. You could lose more or less. That is up to you. Click on the link below to find out how it could jump start your weight loss program in a healthy way.

      Getting Bulky Muscles

      I would not worry about this very much unless you are planning on taking testosterone injections. Women do not bulk up like men do. In any case, doing high amounts of reps with a lower weight will keep you from bulking up too.

      As far as exercise goes, any weight bearing exercise such as walking, running, inline skating, cross country skiing is good. Long, boring aerobic workouts will not produce as much fat loss as interval training. Click on the article below (Interval Training Mistake) to learn why Interval Training is best for fat loss. It takes less time than long boring aerobic workouts too. If, like me, you don't have a lot of time, that is really a plus.

      Kettle Bell training is absolutely one of the best ways to blast fat off of your body without developing bulky muscles. High rep ballistic exercises and circuit training with kettlebells really boost your metabolism. Like Interval training, you work hard for about a minute and you rest about 1.5 minutes before you start on your next set. A 17-25 pound kettle bell is all you would need.

      If you don't want to do kettle bells, try circuit training (high reps, low weight) at your local gym. Your heart rate will get up there as you move from station to station. Just do adequate rest in between sets and you should see fat come off like a hot knife through butter. If you lose 20 pounds of fat and gain one pound of muscle, wouldn't that be better than gaining no muscle and only losing 5 pounds of fat? The difference is 14 pounds!!

  48. QUESTION:
    Has anyone had these 3 surgeries done at the same time?
    I am getting my soft palate reduction, adenoidectomy and tonsillectomy at the same time.

    I have a couple of questions, i would rather have the general public address than the doctor. Because all the doctor can give me is statistics and 'rare' occassions.

    Is bleeding of the throat prevalent after the surgery?
    I heard i would not get my original voice back after the surgery, how true is this?
    Would i lose weight, after the surgery?
    How long would i have to go without solid food?
    Should spicy food be avoided at all costs, after the surgery?
    Would i be more prone to infections and allergies after the surgery?

    I'm having this surgery because i have OSA - Obstructive Sleep Apnea.

    • ANSWER:
      There are three types of apnea: obstructive, central, and mixed; of the
      three, obstructive is the most common. Despite the difference in the
      root cause of each type, in all three, people with untreated sleep apnea stop breathing repeatedly during their sleep, sometimes hundreds of times during the night and often for a minute or longer.

      Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is caused by a blockage of the airway, usually when the soft tissue in the rear of the throat collapses and closes during sleep.

      In central sleep apnea, the airway is not blocked but the brain fails to signal the muscles to breathe.

      Mixed apnea, as the name implies, is a combination of the two. With each
      apnea event, the brain briefly arouses people with sleep apnea in order for them to resume breathing, but consequently sleep is extremely fragmented and of poor quality.

      Obstructive sleep apnea syndrome. This is the most common form of breathing-related sleep disorder, marked by episodes of blockage in the upper airway during sleep. It is found primarily in obese people. Patients with this disorder typically alternate between periods of snoring or gasping (when their airway is partly open) and periods of silence (when their airway is blocked). Very loud snoring is a clue to this disorder.

      Guess, the surgeon has decided to do a reduction of your elongated soft palate; which is one of the many causes of OSA.

      Other risk factors or more realistic predisposing factors of OSA:

      1) excessive weight gain or central obesity
      2) Age- loss of muscle mass and thus replaced with fat
      3) gender: male hormones
      4) anatomical abnormalities such as a receding chin
      5) enlarged tonsils and adenoids - common cause among children
      6) family hx
      7) use of alcohol or sedatives
      8) smoking
      9) Diseases/conditions - Hypothyroidism, Obesity, Down's syndrome, vocal cord paralysis; post-polio syndrome, amyloidosis, Marfan's syndrome, neuromuscular disorders

      Someone who has undiagnosed severe
      obstructive sleep apnea is likely to have a heart attack, a stroke, cardiac arrest during sleep, or a harmful accident.

      If you have one or more of the other predisposing factors as mentioned above, esp obesity- having this surgery is not a cure-all guarantee - that your problem will be solved.

      Normally, T&A ( Tonsillectomy and Adenoidectomy) is done during childhood for chronic tonsillitis. Thruout my childhood, I suffered from frequent upper respiratory infections such as common colds, and the flu; chronic tonsillitis, pharyngitis(sore throat) and laryngitis ( hoarse voice) so much so that I missed a lot of school days. I was constantly placed on antibiotics.

      I didn't have the surgery done until I was 26. Now, my quality of life is so much improved. I'm less prone to upper resp infections; such as tonsillitis with difficulty of swallowing. One of the many benefits of this T&A now is to enjoy drinking ice cold drinks and eating a cone of ice cream; without the side effects. .

      Mind you, because of my age and that being my very first surgery, the recovery phase wasn't a picnic and as pleasant as a child might go thru. I suffered a great deal of pain requiring quite a bit of painkillers. The surgeon stated that my tonsils were so enlarged that I must have suffered quite a bit growing up.

      I had the post-op blues which is one of the side effects of surgery.and anesthesia. However, there was no bleeding, or infection. Nowadays, it's a normal precautionary procedure for surgeons, to give an IV administration of a dose of antibiotic 24-hr pre-operatively.to prevent infection. You don't lose weight as you resume eating normally after a few days. Besides, you don't use this surgery to lose weight.

      Of course, spicy foods are off limits initially; as they are irritating and might induce bleeding. Hot drinks are discouraged as would cause vasodilation and thus bleeding. Ice chips were tolerated and soothing. As a matter-of fact, kids are allowed ice cream 2 hrs post-operatively if there is no vomiting from the anesthesia. After the recovery phase, there is no limit as to any type of foods including spicy foods; which I enjoy.

      There is no effect on your voice as your vocal chords are not involved. Immediately, after surgery, your voice might be a little raspy due to the soreness of your throat and your fear of straining. However, your voice would resume to being normal once the swelling and inflammation is gone. There might be a slight change with the soft palate reduction if any.

      You should not be alarmed. It is a normal and required routine of all pre-op pts to sign this operative consent -. with the stated normal risks of bleeding and infection as with ALL surgeries.

      So, I hope all of the above- answers all your questions adequately.

      Oh, by the way, I still have my allergies and allergic rhinits but not as bad. But I'm not prone to acute tonsillitis anymore and more importantly, when I get a sore throat with the colds, I can swallow without difficulty. And the episodes of upper respiratory infections are less.

  49. QUESTION:
    How do i make my metabolism to the point of where i burn fat fast.?
    Im very athletic and ive git a little belly fat, ive been going to the gym and playing 3 on 3 pick up games for about an hour and goin hard, ad then im weight lifting and wading in the pool. And in the sauna and steam room. Any suggestions?!

    • ANSWER:
      Dieters often complain that they can’t lose weight because they have
      a “slow metabolism.” Unfortunately, many companies capitalize on this
      misconception by marketing products that promise to give consumers a
      so called “metabolic advantage” that helps melt away the pounds.
      They are useless. There are things you can't control about your
      metabolism, and no product ever will. On the other hand, there are
      simple natural techniques, which will allow you to do it.
      What you can’t control about your metabolism:
      Age: Metabolism slows about 5 percent for each decade after 40.
      That’s because as we get older, we tend to lose muscle and gain body
      fat. Lean muscle mass is more metabolically active than fat tissue. So
      when you lose muscle mass, your metabolism slows down.
      Gender: Men generally have faster metabolisms than women because
      they’re larger and have less body fat. Men’s basal metabolic rate is
      estimated to be 10 percent to 15 percent higher than women’s.
      Hypothyroidism: An underactive thyroid will slow down your metabolism
      and ultimately lead to weight gain. The good news is that a simple
      blood test can determine whether you have this condition or not. If
      you do, you can control it with the proper medication.
      Genetics: Some people are lucky enough to be born with speedy
      metabolisms — and others are not.
      What you can control about your metabolism: Diet

      Don’t eat fewer than 1,000 calories a day. Your body and metabolism
      thrive on food. When you fast or crash diet, your metabolism will slow
      down in order to conserve energy. Imagine your metabolism as a blazing
      fire. If the fire burns consistently with the appropriate amount of
      high-quality wood, it will burn at a steady rate. But if it doesn’t
      have enough wood, the fire goes out. If it has too much wood, it can
      get out control — just like your waistline!
      Eat every four to five hours. Our bodies work hard to digest and
      absorb the foods we eat, and your metabolism revs up in response.
      This is called the thermic effect of food. Take full advantage of this
      and schedule meals and snacks every four to five hours.
      Make breakfast a priority. Studies show that people who regularly eat
      a healthy breakfast within two hours of rising are more likely to
      control their weight. This may be because you’re lifting your
      metabolic rate after it’s been in a “resting phase” during the night.
      Eat protein with every meal: All foods create a thermic effect and
      will slightly boost your metabolism. However, eating protein gives
      your body a bigger metabolic boost than eating carbohydrates or fats.
      Plus, eating enough protein will ensure you’ll maintain and build
      muscle mass. (Remember, the more muscle mass you have, the greater
      your metabolic rate). Make sure to incorporate lean protein into most
      every meal.
      Best protein sources: fish, chicken breast, turkey breast, lean red
      meat, skim milk, nonfat yogurt, eggs and egg substitutes, tofu, beans,
      and lentils.

      Meal Examples:

      Breakfast: yogurt with fresh fruit
      Lunch: turkey burger on whole-grain bun and a salad
      Dinner: grilled chicken with vegetables and a baked potato
      Exercise

      Do aerobic exercise four to five days a week. Aerobic activities,
      such as running, brisk walking, swimming and bike riding, burn
      calories and increase metabolism while you’re working out. Several
      studies show that aerobic activities cause your metabolism to stay at
      an elevated level for a period of time after you have finished
      exercising.
      Work in strength-training exercise two to three days a week. Lifting
      weights and other strengthening activities, such as doing push-ups or
      crunches, on a regular basis will actually boost your resting
      metabolism all day. That’s because these activities build muscle. And
      once again, muscle burns more calories than body fat. In fact, if you
      have more muscle, you burn more calories — even if you’re sitting
      still.
      When it comes to supplements, I do not recommend them. The
      ingredients that are effective tend to boost metabolism only slightly
      and they can be risky. High doses of stimulants can make you jittery,
      and increase heart rate and blood pressure.
      The bottom line: The safest and most effective way to boost your
      metabolism is to eat an appropriate amount of food every four to five
      hours, incorporate a portion of lean protein into each meal, and
      exercise regularly!

  50. QUESTION:
    How much weight will I lose by doing this?
    Running 4 to 5 miles 5 or 6 days a week. Only eating vegetables, beans, and salad with low fat dressing. Only drinking water and black coffee. How much could I lose in a month?

    I weigh around 122 lbs right now and I'm 5'5.

    • ANSWER:
      First off you're going to gain muscle from running that long on a daily basis, muscle weighs more than fat, so that'll make it extremely difficult to 'lose weight' since muscles weigh more than fat by a long shot.. You shouldn't focus on weight when you're trying to get fit, focus on how you look and feel, that's what's important, not a number over a dial.

      Avoid the coffee if you want to lose weight, lower your caffeine intake, I'd suggest swapping your morning coffee for black/English tea with little to no sugar and some cinnamon.. Cinnamon has been shown to greatly increase how effectively and quickly your body processes sugar, and is known as a metabolism booster as such.

      Low-fat foods and diet drinks/foods are all scams, they don't help you lose weight... They all replace the sugar or fat with things that are ten times worse for your metabolism, things like aspartame or hydrofoxocodonetoolongtopronounce.

      You can't just up and become thin in a month if you're obese, it takes pre-existing willpower to get fit like that.. People who get like that don't -have- the initiative to do it in the first place, that's why they get like that.. If I were you I'd start self-treating for hypothyroidism right away, it's a silent pandemic in areas like America/Britain/Australia, it doesn't get diagnosed 99 times out of 100 cases.

      http://healthmad.com/nutrition/iodine/

      The above link is to an article I've written that'll describe how to fix hypothyroidism and get your thyroid up and running, it should take about 6-8 months of proper supplementation but after that point your metabolism will kick in and you'll find you have more energy/initiative/more body heat.
      It'd do you well to read it.

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