Your Questions About Weight Loss Planner

by Maricela on January 17, 2013

George asks…

What’s the reason why there is progressive weight loss, hepatosplenomegaly, anemia in patients with CML?

What’s the reason why there is progressive weight loss, hepatosplenomegaly, anemia, easy fatigability, bruises, bones and joint pains in patients with CML? Chronic Myelongenous Leukemia.

Maricela answers:

1. Take it one step at a time

Start by paying attention to what you eat. Cut back on fat and sweets and add more fruit and vegetables. After you have that under control, add exercise. If you hate to exercise try it for only 15 minutes a day at first, then a 1/2-hour. Keep in mind that while you are exercising you are burning calories and not eating. Also, it will be easier if you chose an activity that you enjoy.

2. Find a friend

It is always good to have support when you are trying to lose weight. Find a friend who wants to lose weight and compare notes, weigh-in together and maybe even have a contest.

3. Use weights

Working out weights will build muscle and raise your metabolism so you will burn more calories. Also, muscle takes up less space than fat so you will be smaller ( but probably weigh more).

4. Eat fewer carbs

Don’t eat as much bread and pasta and you will see a difference.

5. Set a goal

Set a deadline to lose the weight and write it down. For example, ‘ By Dec 14/04 I will weigh 150 lbs or less’. Put it somewhere you will see it daily.

6. Give up soda

If you drink a soda or 2 a day you are adding empty calories. If you find it hard to stop
completely, cut back at first and drink water instead.

7. Grill or boil

Avoid fried meat, grill and use lots of spices. You will get used to it and probably enjoy it more.

8. Don’t buy junk food

When you go shopping, don’t go on an empty stomach and you will be less likely to buy junk food. Keep your home ‘junk food free’ so you won’t be tempted to indulge.

9. Eat breakfast

Consume most of your calories early in the day and always eat breakfast. Don’t eat after 8pm and
not only will you avoid those added calories but you will sleep better.

10. Give yourself a treat

When you tell yourself that you can’t have something you want it more. Give yourself a treat once a day ( ie. Half a cookie) and you won’t feel you are missing out.

11. Use smaller plates

Trick yourself into believing that you are eating more by using a smaller plate.

12. Drink lots of water

Drink water when you are feeling hungry and you will get that ‘full’ feeling.

13. Don’t eat everything on your plate

Many times we eat just because it’s there. Pay attention to when you have had enough.

14. Eat five or six meals a day

Eating more frequently will keep you from getting too hungry.

15. Plan your workout sessions

Write your workout sessions in your journal or planner.

16. Stay away from fad diets

Fad diets don’t work. If you lose weight fast chances are that you will gain it back ( and more)
just as fast. It takes time to put it on and time to take it off.

17. Do several workouts a day

While you are watching TV do crunches and leg lifts.

18. Measure your food

If you decide to have junk food for a snack – be sure to measure and control what you eat.

19. Keep pre-cut vegetables

…and ward off those cravings.

20. Create Good Habits

It is a known fact that when we do something twenty-one times it becomes a habit. Create good eating habits.

Take care…

Paul asks…

Where can find a good weight loss diet planner?

Im trying to find a diet planner to help me lose weight because i already don’t eat much and try to exercise but i can never seem to lose weight. I’ve been trying for over a year and nothing is happening so now im looking for a diet plan.
Any suggestions?

Maricela answers:

The problem is probably not the portion sizes, but rather the foods that you choose.

A low-fat whole plant based diet has allowed me to lose 90 pounds over a period of two years.

For starters, I’d read “Eat More, Weigh Less” by Dr. Dean Ornish. His emphasis is eating legumes, leafy greens, and vegetables. You also should eat ground flax seed (Omega-3), fruits, and whole grains. If you go pure vegetarian, make sure to get enough B12 and D vitamins.

Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, Jr. Is another excellent resource. For a lengthy list of experts subscribing to the whole plant based diet, read his book “Forks Over Knives.”

It only takes one food to keep your weight higher. Too much sugar, oil/fat, salt, or even gluten (if you have an allergy) can cause excess fat weight.

By the way, Gina Kolata describes the failure of the most popular diets over a test period of just a few years. Weight Watchers, Atkin’s, and calorie restricted diets all fail miserably for most people in the long term. The only successful approach that I know about is a whole plant based diet over the long term. If you try this approach for just a month, you will feel so much better, you will feel compelled to continue. The motivation is not weight loss, it is to improve health and well being.

By the way, increasing metabolism usually results in a shorter life expectancy. A better approach is to seek an optimal nutrition diet that has minimal processed food ingredients.

Betty asks…

What weight loss pill is the best?

I am FINALLY getting to where I am able to lose weight, but I do not know what weight loss pill works and what would work for me. I need to loose at least 90 lbs. If anyone can help me please do. I have no insurance to go to a doctor and pay to get told what to do.

Maricela answers:

1. Take it one step at a time

Start by paying attention to what you eat. Cut back on fat and sweets and add more fruit and vegetables. After you have that under control, add exercise. If you hate to exercise try it for only 15 minutes a day at first, then a 1/2-hour. Keep in mind that while you are exercising you are burning calories and not eating. Also, it will be easier if you chose an activity that you enjoy.

2. Find a friend

It is always good to have support when you are trying to lose weight. Find a friend who wants to lose weight and compare notes, weigh-in together and maybe even have a contest.

3. Use weights

Working out weights will build muscle and raise your metabolism so you will burn more calories. Also, muscle takes up less space than fat so you will be smaller ( but probably weigh more).

4. Eat fewer carbs

Don’t eat as much bread and pasta and you will see a difference.

5. Set a goal

Set a deadline to lose the weight and write it down. For example, ‘ By Dec 14/04 I will weigh 150 lbs or less’. Put it somewhere you will see it daily.

6. Give up soda

If you drink a soda or 2 a day you are adding empty calories. If you find it hard to stop
completely, cut back at first and drink water instead.

7. Grill or boil

Avoid fried meat, grill and use lots of spices. You will get used to it and probably enjoy it more.

8. Don’t buy junk food

When you go shopping, don’t go on an empty stomach and you will be less likely to buy junk food. Keep your home ‘junk food free’ so you won’t be tempted to indulge.

9. Eat breakfast

Consume most of your calories early in the day and always eat breakfast. Don’t eat after 8pm and
not only will you avoid those added calories but you will sleep better.

10. Give yourself a treat

When you tell yourself that you can’t have something you want it more. Give yourself a treat once a day ( ie. Half a cookie) and you won’t feel you are missing out.

11. Use smaller plates

Trick yourself into believing that you are eating more by using a smaller plate.

12. Drink lots of water

Drink water when you are feeling hungry and you will get that ‘full’ feeling.

13. Don’t eat everything on your plate

Many times we eat just because it’s there. Pay attention to when you have had enough.

14. Eat five or six meals a day

Eating more frequently will keep you from getting too hungry.

15. Plan your workout sessions

Write your workout sessions in your journal or planner.

16. Stay away from fad diets

Fad diets don’t work. If you lose weight fast chances are that you will gain it back ( and more)
just as fast. It takes time to put it on and time to take it off.

17. Do several workouts a day

While you are watching TV do crunches and leg lifts.

18. Measure your food

If you decide to have junk food for a snack – be sure to measure and control what you eat.

19. Keep pre-cut vegetables

…and ward off those cravings.

20. Create Good Habits

It is a known fact that when we do something twenty-one times it becomes a habit. Create good eating habits.

Take care…

Thomas asks…

What is a good weight loss meal planner?

Im looking to lose some baby weight that I haven’t been able to lose. I would like to find a web site that offers a weekly meal planner. Has anyone had any great results with any certain web sites?

Maricela answers:

I like http://www.sparkpeople.com They have an exercise & nutrition tracker, forums, diet plans, and tons of articles. It’s free, of course.

Susan asks…

Will drinking diet soda effect my weight loss diet?

I am 5′ 3″ And weigh 125 Ib which is mostly in my bottom. If I drink one diet soda a day to fix my sweet craving will it effect my weight loss in a bad way? Also Any good toning exercises and healthy recipes would be appreciated!

Maricela answers:

Diet soda is a better option (for weight loss) than regular soda. However, diet soda still contains caffeine (unless you opt for Sprite or Sierra Mist) which is a diuretic, so if you are also exercising make sure you are still drinking enough water to keep you adequately hydrated. There is also some controversy over the long term effects of the artificial sweeteners used in diet sodas, but, if you are just drinking one a day you should be okay. As far as toning goes, squats and lunges are great for your bottom, and the best thing is you can do these exercises while moving around your house (or in public if your a bit on the brave side :p ) I haven’t tried it out yet but on Better Homes and Garden website they are offering a free weight loss planner. Go to www.bhg.com, then click on food and recipes, on the left hand side click on “My Weight-loss Planner”. Hope this helps.

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