Your Questions About Losing Weight In The City

by Maricela on March 21, 2013

Donald asks…

How important is sleep when trying to lose weight?

I only get about 6-7 hours a night but can go to bed earlier if it will help me lose weight

Maricela answers:

Sleep longer may help losing weight
Last Updated(Beijing Time):2005-01-11 13:37

Sleeping a little bit longer a day might help fight against obesity, a recent study shows.

Sleeping for an extra 20 minutes each night could offer a pain-free way to lose weight. Insufficient sleep is linked with changes in hormone levels that may stimulate appetite. A series of studies in recent months have shown that the less people sleep, the heavier they tend to be.
The research — published in the Archives of Internal Medicine along with an editorial by Turek and Northwestern colleague Joseph Bass commenting on it and related research — after comparing people of normal weight – a body mass index of less than 25 – with those who were overweight or obese, found that sleeping for an extra 20 minutes each night could offer a pain-free way to lose weight.

Insufficient sleep is linked with changes in hormone levels that may stimulate appetite. A series of studies in recent months have shown that the less people sleep, the heavier they tend to be.

American researcher Robert Vorona from Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk and colleagues have now examined the relationship between people’s self-reported sleep time per 24 hours and their body mass index (BMI). They found that total sleep time and BMI were inversely correlated—as total sleep time decreased, BMI increased, except in the severely obese group.

“Americans experience insufficient sleep and corpulent bodies. Clinicians are aware of the burden of obesity on patients,” the study said.

“Our findings suggest that major extensions of sleep time may not be necessary, as an extra 20 minutes of sleep per night seems to be associated with a lower body mass index,” it added.

“We caution that this study does not establish a cause-and-effect relationship between restricted sleep and obesity (but) investigations demonstrating success in weight loss via extensions of sleep would help greatly to establish such a relationship.”

The findings reinforce previous counterintuitive research linking less sleep with a greater risk of obesity. In November 2004, researchers from Columbia University in New York City, New York demonstrated a clear link between the risk of being obese and hours of nightly sleep, finding that people aged 32 to 59 who slept four hours or less per night were 73% more likely to be obese than people who slept between seven and nine hours per night.

Nancy asks…

What is a good way for a male 14 year old to lose weight.?

I am 195 pounds and I REALLY want to lose weight please help.
Also I want to have a girlfriend and be thin so please help I have tried every common way one would lose weight but not showing any results.

Maricela answers:

I am 15, and over the last 8 months I have lost over 25 pounds, for the purpose of becoming a US Marine Officer. What I would do if I was in your position over again is that I would gain access to a STATIONARY BIKE or another LOW-IMPACT CARDIOvascular exercise machine. I would first lose a sufficient amount of weight that you feel you can support yourself to run a substantial distance with.

Then I’d find a track (or even just roads; that’s what I do. I hate tracks.) at your local highschool or town/city/county/whatever and start doing SPRINTS. It sounds like hard work, but trust me, they work. In the words of former Recon Marine Sgt, star of Generation Kill Rudy Reyes, “Long distance running is only good for keeping skinny people skinny.” This is true.

Once you get smaller, BUILD MUSCLE. The ladies don’t only want a brain (which I assume you have because you don’t type like a stupid gangster), they want a solidly built hunk of meat as well. Good luck, and I hope you achieve your goal. It’s great that you’re starting early! Just remember, you WILL doubt yourself sometimes, but in order to lose the weight, you must endure the pain, and overcome that doubt. If you do this, you will be the king of your high school by senior year. 😉


Helen asks…

How many calories can you burn rideing a bike 14 miles a day?

I was thinking of buying a bike and trying to lose weight by rideing from the city of las vegas to the outer limits about 7 miles away to sunrise mountain.

Maricela answers:

Depends How Much You Weigh
Its Easier For People With More Body Fat To Lose weight vs. People with less

George asks…

how can a male to female transgender lose weight especially get a flat tummy?

i have been trying very hard to lose weight my body has always been naturally feminine but just lot of fat everywhere its not like i am obese but i am the plumpy type i need to become skinny and men are supposed to have high metabolisms but its the opposite for me i have a verry low metabolism and gain weight easily which may or may not be good for a transgender anyway i really need to get a flat tummy please suggest how?

Maricela answers:

Take a walk before dinner. You’ll do more than burn calories — you’ll cut your appetite. In a study of 10 obese women conducted at the University of Glasgow in Scotland, 20 minutes of walking reduced appetite and increased sensations of fullness as effectively as a light meal.
Substitute a handful of almonds in place of a sugary snack. A study from the City of Hope National Medical Center found that overweight people who ate a moderate-fat diet containing almonds lost more weight than a control group that didn’t eat nuts. Really, any nut will do.

Betty asks…

How do you lose that excess weight that you had when you were pregnant?

I really dont know how. Is it just like losing weight like the same exercise routine? Sorry if this is confusing..

Maricela answers:

Nursing really helps. If you had a natural birth and when you have been cleared for exercise at your 6 week appointment, you can start off slowly with low impact aerobics and build up gently. Low weights, low resistance, etc. Is the best way to start.

Another inexpensive and easy way to help at least get back into better shape is to go for walks with the baby in a stroller or carrying the baby in a carrier after a month or so of walking. That’s fun and good exercise. If it’s cold where you are, that may have to wait until spring, but it’s very effective. In fact, some cities have “mommy groups” that do “stroller fit” walks at park where they all walk really fast, push their strollers, do exercises using park benches or leaning against trees, etc. And spend a good time with other moms while working to lose the baby weight.

Or you can do what I did – get pregnant three times in succession with no opportunity to lose the weight and keep putting it off until “after this baby is born”. 🙂

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