Your Questions About Losing Weight

by Maricela on February 25, 2013

George asks…

How do i lose weight before school starts?

Im 12 and i wanna lose weight before school starts. Im a little overweight for my age and i need some tips on losing weight before school starts. Im going to middle school and i wanna show my friends a new me. I need help!

Maricela answers:

When you are losing weight, you should exercise and diet together.
If you exercise without dieting, you will get bigger appetite, which
will lead to increase of weight, or muscle grow
underneath the fat layer, and make you bulkier. If you diet without
exercising, you will become flabby and will have excess skin. For
diet, go wheat free. No pasta, pizza, bread and so on. And no food
after 7 p.m. People achieve marvellous results with it. Depending on
your initial weight, you can drop upwards from 20 pounds a month. If
you don’t eat wheat then you don’t eat all those sticky, fatty goey
cakes, you don’t eat junk food, and you don’t eat biscuits. But your
diet is still balanced. It costs nothing, and you do not have to
calculate points or to buy special meals or plans. For exercising,
start with walking, and then switch to running/jogging. Running is the
most efficient and calorie-burn exercise ever. If you are overweight a
lot, walk first or you may have health complications (heart attack,
disjointed bones and so on). Weight lifting is a good means to target
your problem areas for men and women. It’s not necessarily to become a
bodybuilder or even join a gym – a couple of dumbbells will help you
to target your problem areas (stomach, butt, legs, arms, chest).

Ruth asks…

What is the best diet pill to take to lose weight fast?

I have been successful in losing weight. But I seem to be stuck at where I am now. I was wondering what someone will recomend on quicker weight loss.

Maricela answers:

There is no magic weight-loss pill, supplement, fad diet, or juice. The ONLY way to lose weight is to consume less calories than you burn. Brad Pitt didn’t get cut for Fight Club by drinking green tea, and you won’t either.

Walk for 30 minutes every day including weekends, Mondays, and Fridays. Do at least 30 minutes of weight training each week. Do 60 minutes of additional, higher intensity cardio each week. You don’t need additional equipment—infomercial products like the Ab Lounger, Sauna Belt, etc. Are all worthless so don’t waste your money.

Cut back on the foods you eat with high fat and high sugar content. Eat only single servings (read the label) with less than 3 grams trans fat and 3 grams sugars. Your primary source of sustenance should be grilled boneless skinless chicken breasts and canned tuna (in water, not oil). No dairy (except low fat cottage cheese occasionally); no processed meats; no heavy sauces; no chips, cookies, sodas, breads, etc.

Eat breakfast, and eat five small meals per day instead of three big meals. Don’t starve yourself during the day, but if you don’t wake up famished, then you ate too much the day before. Stop eating at least two hours before you go to bed.

Get 6 to 8 hours of sleep every night. Turn off the TV and the computer. Sleep is vitally important.

Don’t consume alcohol—alcohol is nothing more than empty calories with no nutritional value. Some people will argue that alcohol has some health benefits when consumed in moderation—I’m not debating that—but we’re talking about weight loss here. Lay off the booze if you want to lose the fat.

Drink lots of water, then drink more. Not tea, not Gatorade, not milk. Water. If your urine isn’t almost clear, you need to drink more water.

Good luck.

Richard asks…

How do i lose weight without losing muscle?

I am in wrestling and ive noticed that when i am losing weight, it seems that im losing muscle too. I wear sweats to practice so i sweat a lot. Ive lost around 10lbs (i weigh around 120lbs now) since the season started and i cant lift as much weight as i used to.
I am in wrestling and ive noticed that when i am losing weight, it seems that im losing muscle too. I am 17 and around 5’2 I wear sweats to practice so i sweat a lot. Ive lost around 10lbs (i weigh around 120lbs now) since the season started and i cant lift as much weight as i used to.

Maricela answers:

Okay bro, Idk your age, height or what not. I know wrestlers, like boxers need to maintain a certain weight, but keep that speed and strength. When your torking muscle off, it can lead into declined strength….maybe not your reason, but still. Also when losing weight in itself, it can cause strength losses. However, to answer your question, maybe its your training. I mean you can be muscular, but still be at 10% b/f. If you lift for bulk its 4-8 reps. However, for someone like you, who needs that agility, doing reps of 8-10 will help add muscle, but not overbulk you. For losing or toning reps of 12-15 are usually done. Now thats the weight training aspect. I think that may not be your problem though, as I am sure you know proper weight training.
So, it could be the lack of protein your are taking in. Also, even though you are losing weight, you can still get some carbs in. And if you find that too much, hit the treadmill to hit the carbs off. See if you are trying to lose weight and keep muscle and strength, it can be hard. It’s sorts counter productive. Thats why after weigh ins ppl carn load before matches. Also body builders in magazines, dont look ripped like they do all year round. It would be insane for then to be at 6% b/f all year round while training to add muscle. I think see how much portein ur getting. For 120lbs, get about 60-70 g of it a day.Some might suggest a little more protein. And dont rely on protein shakes either. Eat fish, chicken, turkey,and small amounts of tuna( too much can mess with ya if ur sensitive ). You can have beef, just limit it. Also whole wheat pasta( watch though cause pasta has alot of cals ) even has protein. Yogurt has protein.You also want to eat eat all natural goods foods. Stay away from MSG, like taco bell for protein fuel. Metabolism and adjusting it can help, but it seems since you can lose weight okay, your metab might be okay. What I mean is that your metabolism may not be slow. Also eating smaller portion meals just more frequent, like 4-5, can be good causese your providing your body with steady amounts of protein throughout the day. If you cant eat 4-5 meals, then just maybe 3 and light snacks that are good for you,just make sure your eating good when you do eat.If your workout regiment is good, you should be able to take in some okay amounts of carbs and cals and still keep shape. So, if your workouts are good, then its probably the protein intake for loss of muscle. Also, you could be overtraining in the gym! This is a rookie mistake. People think that if they workout all alot it will make them bigger, not if your over training. Here is a sample workout:

Day 1
Bench press
Tricep pushes

Day 2
Bent over rows
Lat pull downs/ upright rows/or chin ups…
Bicep curls

Day 3
Squats/ or deadlifts
Leg extensions/ or presses
Calve raises

See you dont need to work out 7 days a week. Reason, your doing compound movements. For instance, rows are a back exercise, but they hit your Biceps, shoulders, and traps also. Bench press hits your chest, but also hits your triceps and shoulders. So what I am saying is, you dont need to do Bicep curls, concentration curls, preacher curls, ands hammer curls for biceps. For some people, especially small people, thats too much. Also people make the mistake of training every muscle group twice a week, in some, thats overtraining. Most people just do it once a week.
Now what I said doesnt apply to everyone. Some people can take more training than others. Also, some people need to intake more or less than others. However, most likely your problem is in one of those areas, either your protein or training. The workout I gave you was an example workout. It has compunds in there and some minor isolations. Some people like to do more or even less than what I gave an example of.

Carol asks…

What is the quickest and unhealthiest way to lose weight?

I’m doing a project on losing weight, just want to know unhealthy methods that people use to lose weight quickly? Other than starving themselves, of course.
I have already discovered one with diabetics not taking their insulin to lose wieght.

Maricela answers:

Don’t forget drugs, illegal and prescription. Cocaine, speed, ecstasy, and some antibiotics will make you lose weight. These are all very unhealthy and incredibly toxic for your body. Of course they all have their own way of doing it, that will take a little more research.

Lizzie asks…

Can losing weight help a women get pregnant?

Can losing weight help a women get pregnant?

Maricela answers:

We know after fertility studies that yes, weight can be a factor. There have been cases where a woman wasn’t able to conceive. Then after losing weight, she conceives. There are other factors as well though. The main thing is to be as healthy as possible. My doctor suggested I start taking the prenatal vitamins while TTC. We need the 400mcg of folic acid anyway. Also, eating whole foods and reducing your processed sugars and so forth, can help as well.

Sometimes if a woman is overweight or too skinny, it can effect the cycle. If she then gets on track it can make her luteal phase (time between ovulation and period) longer or shorter. That can make a more conducive environment for pregnancy. That makes sense, when you think about it, knowing that a period can be delayed due to a change in diet and or exercise. 🙂 Sometimes if the luteal phase is too short, it doesn’t allow enough time for the baby to implant and grow.

My doctor also told me (I really picked her brain lol) that women that had 8oz or 1cup of whole milk or whole milk yogurt a day conceived faster than those that did not. I decided to give it a try myself. We were TTC our second child and I was charting on They always talked about watching for that fertile cervical mucus that was most like raw egg whites. I really didn’t see a lot of that until I did the whole milk yogurt thing. I think that helped. 🙂 I found a brand Nancy’s which is natural. Then I added frozen berries and honey… It was pretty yummy.

Best of luck and blessings 🙂

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