Your Questions About Better Weight Loss

by Maricela on April 2, 2013

Charles asks…

What is an effective appetite/weight loss helper for a male that is 16?

I am a little overweight, and I have trouble stopping my appetite and getting more energy. Im 16 and I am a male, so I need a little help. What is a good weight loss helper or appetite suppressant for example, like dexatrim max. But it says not for anyone under 18. So please help me.

Maricela answers:

Exercise (cardio and weight training) – it will give you more energy. Also drink water – 8glases a day and eat 5-8 servings of fruit and vegetables a day, it will make you full faster.

George asks…

What is the best equipment for weight loss? is it the elliptical trainer?

ok by the end of june im planing on losing 1-2KG each week
a friend recommended the elliptical trainer (for upper and lower body)
aside from that i got a skipping rope is it a good weight loss exercise ?

Maricela answers:

Elliptical trainers are bulky and expensive. You have a lot of different models. So it’s not “the” elliptical trainer but “some” elliptical trainer (some models do not even have upper body work out). It’s like treadmills…you would be better off just walking/jogging outside if you can, and if you can’t, the treadmill at the gym would be better than the treadmill in your house.

So…did you mean the $4,000 elliptical trainer at the gym of some $500 model for your house?

For fat burning (in my house…I only use the gym for the pool), I like to use my stationary bike, the kind that has moving handles so I also use my upper body, not only to use my upper body, but because my legs sometimes need my arms’ help in a true team effort! I use an old-fashioned DP Airgometer with an air-resistant fan. When my legs need a little rest, my arms take over and when my arms get tired, my legs do more effort and I don’t even have to think about it, my body adjusts automatically to get the right intensity to the lower and upper body.

They don’t make stationary bikes that good anymore but if you’re lucky, you can still find them on e-bay, from time to time…

For me, it’s the most effective because I can sustain it the longest time, watching TV and just sitting there (I could not stand too long on an elliptical trainer), pedaling and rowing, breathing hard and sweating, drinking a lot of water. I burn 600 calories in just one hour and a half, watching TV, which is better than just burning 75 calories sitting on the sofa! (My BMR is 1,200). I can also do 2 hours (if I had a good meal), but I’m not in THAT hurry to use my fat reserves. I don’t need to lose weight; I just need to burn those scrumptious meals I cook and all that good food I buy online. Right now, I just got a delivery of griottines (wild morello cherries in liqueur and kirsch)…I’ll need a nap after eating some!

I cannot walk/jog for one hour and a half and I can only swim for half an hour but I still do those for a complete body workout, so the biking is the best calorie burning activity.

Skipping rope is very good and pretty intense. Go for it if you have the stamina. I don’t skip rope; it makes me dizzy…that rope going around and around…

You’re planning on losing 1-2kg each week?? That’s 2.2lbs to 4.4lbs!!

You could lose a lot of weight when starting to eat healthier, but this would be mostly water weight, because you eat less sodium and drink more water so you get rid of your water retention. Also, you could lose some waste weight because you eat more fiber and get more regular. After a couple of weeks, you would stabilize and then get all depressed because you would not lose weight anymore, especially if your fat reserves loss is offset by your muscle mass gain (muscle mass gain is VERY good for weight loss, but depressing on a scale).

You should focus on fat reserves loss so you cannot really use a scale (because of the confusion of water/waste loss). Use a tape measure to chart your progress because when you lose half a pound of fat reserves but gain some muscle mass (hopefully) and some water weight…it’s a little depressing, when, in fact, you should be happy.

You can lose fat reserves (with aerobics) and gain muscle mass (with weight training…anaerobics) and get thinner, without even losing weight, because muscle mass take 3 times less space than fat reserves (for the same weight).

Whatever the scale indicates, you cannot lose more than a pound of fat reserves a week (453 grams), which is 3,500 calories of exercising (8 to 10 hours of aerobics…and you need weight training too). You need to eat very healthy because if you don’t, you’ll get hungry since you cannot eat more than your Basal Metabolic Rate. You cannot eat less than your BMR or your body would adapt and lower your metabolism and you cannot eat more than your BMR or your body would not use your fat reserves when you exercise, which really is what your body wants…not using your fat reserves. Your body likes to make fat reserves but gives you a hard time if you want to use it.

Fit people eat as much as their BMR and then eat more to get enough energy for exercising…you cannot. If you eat more than your BMR, you won’t use your fat reserves so you’re stuck in a hard place, trying to exercise while not eating for it. You cannot do more than 2 hours of exercising, 5 days a week (with 2 rest days) or you would have to eat more for energy, so you would not lose more fat reserves.

I personally think that the best weight loss is half a pound of fat reserves a week (225 grams) so you don’t have to exercise 2 hours a day while eating very little or if you exercise that much, you can eat a little more and get some energy for exercising. It’s also easier to maintain in the long run.

Anybody who has some weight to lose is usually accustomed to gaining weight so losing weight is very hard. Just maintaining weight is hard enough.

Lisa asks…

Any suggestions for good weight loss or dieting sites?

Trying to find a good site for weight loss advise?

Maricela answers:

Do you want to know how to lose weight fast and in the process kill yourself? If so, there are many methods for you to choose from including:

Prescription diet pills NOT specifically given to you by a medical doctor. Besides being habit forming, the side effects can affect your sleep blood pressure, heart, and even offer hallucinations to keep you occupied.

Ephedra is an Asian herb and was once found in many weight loss products. Its safety is questioned, as it’s been implicated in almost 100 deaths.

Fenfluramine-phentermine (fen-phen), once thought to be the weight loss supplement of choice, this product has been linked to heart valve damage. You may be thinner but the side effects could kill you

Diuretics are better known as water pills. While an occasional use of diuretics is okay, if you’re older, you should consult your physician before using any type of diuretic. Removing too many fluids can result in dehydration and putting your body into survival mode where it could begin to hold water, thereby setting up a vicious cycle.

Purging and Laxatives. This is getting rid of the food either through vomiting or causing it to come out the other end as fast as possible. Regular use and abuse of laxatives can result in pancreas damage and low potassium levels It can also be very habit forming so before using laxatives to lose weight fast, think about all the fun you may have using them the rest of your life.

Purging is simply forcing yourself to vomit. Although that breakfast of a donut and expensive Starbucks® coffee tasted good when first eaten, it doesn’t taste nearly as good when coming back up. ICK! Oh and you risk burning your esophagus with stomach acids.

To lose weight fast doesn’t take any special tools or magic. Fast weight loss is accomplished by focusing on the basics of eating less and exercising more. Stop eating the donuts or pop tarts because they’re fast for breakfast. Instead, get yourself up to 30 minutes earlier and fix yourself a healthy breakfast. If you don’t a how to cook, learn. Don’t make excuses for yourself why you need to eat the way you do. Ie: I’m too busy etc.

Stay away from vending machines and the local convenience stores. Both of these have many more empty high calorie snacks than real food. Pack your own lunch with food to enjoy that are high in fiber.

To lose weight fast, you need a commitment to make radical changes in your lifestyle and eating habits. These changes need to happen today and you need to decide to stay with them long term

Jenny asks…

Is coconut oil good for weight loss and candida?

anyone actually tried it to lose weight? I heard eating a tablespoon before each meal does good for weight loss and kills off yeast..anyone can vouch for it?

Maricela answers:

Coconut may have beneficial properties, but something that people don’t consider is that even though there are these good properties, oils of any kind are not health food. In order to get that one tablespoon of oil, it requires almost a pound of coconut. That is too much for one time. I do know of some people who have taken the coconut oil three times a day, and now have heart problems as a result of it.

Best method to loose weight is to eat a low fat vegan diet and regular exercise. This is not a quick temporary fix, but if you stick with it, you will be able to maintain the weight loss and a healthy life.

John asks…

Does anyone have any good weight loss methods?

Does anyone have any good weight loss methods? Please share them im despetate.

Maricela answers:

Personally I follow the low-fat diet. I think is the best for losing and maintaining weight in a healthy way.

One can choose menus from 800 to 1200 calories depending on your needs.

How to determine the number of calories you need. I recommend for the average person the following simple “rule of thumb” method:

For: MARKED OVERWEIGHTS
A person markedly overweight is one who is 30 per cent or more above his normal weight. This means that if you weigh 180 lbs. But should, according to our table, weigh 135 lbs., then you are 45 lbs, overweight. In that case you should reduce your weight by using the 800 calorie diet menus.

For: MODERATE OVERWEIGHTS
If you are moderately overweight (i.e. 15-30 per cent; you are, say, 20 to 45 lbs. Over and weigh from 155 to 180 lbs.) use the diet menus for the 1000 calorie daily food intake

For: MILD OVERWEIGHTS
If you are only mildly overweight (5 to 15 per cent above your normal weight; let us say you are 7 to 20 lbs. Over.) then follow the 1200 calorie diet described in the center, green section.

After you have lost an average of 2 lbs. Each week and have achieved your normal weight, you should then follow the low-fat maintenance diets. These diets range from approximately 1500 calories to 2200 calories. They are recommended for the average individual who does light work with a moderate expenditure of calories in average daily activi¬ties.

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