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Nov 26

10 Things to Stop Doing If You Want to Lose Weight

“I want to lose weight but no matter how hard I try, I can’t seem to slim down.” Does that complaint sound familiar? If you’re like many frustrated dieters, you’re beginning to think that you’ll never get the body you desire. “I need help losing weight!”

Don’t panicthere is hope. If you want to lose weight, simply find out which common weight loss mistakes might be preventing you from getting the results that you want. Then make simple changes to tweak your weight loss plan and slim for good.

Scan this list of common weight loss blunders. Almost all of us make these mistakesor at least a few of them. Change your habits to change your weight.

1. Stop choosing the wrong diet.How often have you chosen a diet because it worked for a friend? Perhaps you were inspired by a celebrity dietor celebrity spokesperson. A diet might be perfect for someone else, but their needs, their lifestyle, and their food preferences could be completely different from yours.

Do this instead: Ask yourself five important questions about your diet history, medical background, and emotional support. The answers will help you to identify your specific needs as a dieter and help you to choose the best weight loss plan for you.

2. Stop setting unrealistic goals.

Dieters are often highly motivated and full of excitement at the beginning of their weight loss program. It is often during this phase that they set unrealistic goals for weight loss. But high expectations can cause weight gain when lack of progress leads to lack of motivation.

Do this instead: Learn how to set small goals that you’ll actually reach.These smaller steps provide a roadmap for your weight loss journey. As you reach each small goal you get a boost of confidence and you stay motivated on the way to your ultimate goal.

3. Stop using “lack of time” as an excuse.

One of the most common barriers to weight loss is the belief that you don’t have enough time. One study found that 41 percentof women said “lack of time” was the reason that they didn’t eat better and 73 percent of women said they didn’t exercise because their schedules were too busy. The bottom line is that if you want to lose weight, you have to find a way to make time for healthy activity.

Do this instead: Get out an old-fashioned paper calendar and find windows of time that are not consumed by absolute necessities. Then create a schedule for healthy weight loss activities. Pen in the most important tasks and schedule everything else around them. Don’t be afraid to put other priorities on the back burner or ask for help (see item #4) so that you can take the time you need to make your health a top priority.

4. Stop isolating yourself.

In a recent interview with Biggest Loser runner-up Hanna Curlee, she said that the most important thing she learned during her successful weight loss experience was to ask for help. “I was ashamed to ask for help,” she said. “I could have called someone and reached out for help, but I thought I didn’t have anyone.” She realized later that she had friends and family who were willing and able to help her through her weight loss journey.

Do this instead: Learn how to get diet support from family and friends. Take the time to identify your needs for yourself and then approach others for help. That way, you’ll be clear about defining specific ways in which they can help. Find friends at work, at the gym, in your neighborhood or even at church.

5. Stop underestimating your food intake.

Do you really count all of your calories? Remember that even tiny 25-calorie nibbles here and there throughout the day can add up. Snacks count, food from your dining partner’s plate counts, and calories consumed during food preparation count. Your daily caloric intake might be significantly higher than you think.

Do this instead: Use a food tracker. Make your entries more accurate by purchasing an inexpensive food scale. The tool will allow you to report the exact size of each portion you consume.

6. Stop believing that “healthy” foods will cause weight loss.

Several studies have shown that people are more likely to overeat foods that they perceive to be healthy. One study at the University of Michigan found that when a food was labeled “organic,” dieters ate more of it. The bottom line? Your “healthy” snack may cause unhealthy weight gain.

Do this instead: Ignore front-of-package marketing and get your information from the nutritional facts label. Your favorite foods may contain a few healthy ingredients, but they may be too high in fat or calories to be part of your weight loss plan. Avocados, for example, are full of healthy fat, but are also very high in calories. Either eat them in moderation or trash the foods that are keeping you fat.

7. Stop sitting all day.

Non-exercise activity thermogenesis, or NEAT, is a fancy term for all of the non-exercise movement that you do every day. It can account for up to 15-30% of your total calorie burn. If you spend your day sitting at a desk or your evenings lying on the couch, the calories you burn from NEAT will be minimal.

Do this instead: Learn how to burn calories without exercise.Boost your NEAT all day long.If you have a desk job, get up every hour and walk to the restroom on a different floor, refill your water, run an errand on foot, or climb the stairs in your office building. If you like watching television at night, fold laundry or dust furniture instead of just lying on the couch.

8. Stop overestimating your exercise activity.

Many people who want to lose weight join a gym. But you actually have to go to the health club to burn calories. And your workout time is only the time you spend exercising. It should not include the time you spend in the locker room, parking your car, and chatting with friends.

Do this instead:Invest in a heart rate monitor to get a more accurate estimate of your workout time. There are quite a few models on the market, so compare prices to find one that fits your budget. A heart rate monitor not only lets you know how hard you are working, but most models will measure your “time in range” to let you know exactly how many minutes you can count as exercise.

9. Stop compensating for exercise by eating more.It is normal for your appetite to increase when you begin to exercise. But one of the most common weight loss mistakes is to indulge in extra snacks and treats as a reward for the workout. But eating those treats can cause weight gain.

Do this instead: Plan a healthy, low-calorie snack to eat right after you exercise. Combine a healthy lean protein with a carbohydrate to satisfy your hunger and replace nutrients lost during the workout. A glass of skim chocolate milk works well and tastes decadent enough to feel like a treat.

10. Stop expecting major results from minimal change. There are certain facts about weight loss that smart dieters learn after a while.One of them is that dieting is difficult.Of course, you’ll see ads for popular weight loss pills that claim to help you lose weight without any effort.And many trendy fad diets make the same promises.But those products and plans don’t work.

Do this instead: Embrace the truth that weight loss is hard, but don’t let the difficulty of the process deter you. If you want to lose weight, you can. But it will be uncomfortable. Celebrate small accomplishments to stay focused along the way.

For example, if the scale isn’t giving you the weight loss results that you want, then celebrate the fact that you ate a well-balanced diet during the day and remind yourself about the health benefits you gain from eating well. Your exercise plan may not be resulting in weight loss yet, but it may help you sleep better at night and feel better during the day. Look for and acknowledge the little perks along the way.

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Oct 5

How to Make Simple Changes to Lose Weight

Losing weighttakes dedication, motivation, and hard work. But you can make weight loss easier. There are easy tricks that can help you to slim down with less effort. Changing what you eat is the firstand most crucialstep. And along with exercise, it’ll make reaching your weight loss calorie goal easier.

Ultimately, what matters for weight loss is how many calories you take in and how many calories you burn. Use this calculator to figure out how many calories you should eat to achieve your weight goal.

You can lose weight by changing how much food you eat, but if you change what you eat, the weight loss process gets even easier. Here are the diet changes that we suggest.

The next step in your weight loss plan is to change your drink choices. Cutting back on certain drinks can make a huge difference to your long-term weight loss success.

Remember, any of these healthy changes that you make to your diet, your drinking habits and to boost your daily activity level is going to make weight loss easier. Start with simple easy changes and build your program gradually.

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Sep 26

Weight Loss Drinks – 7 things you can drink to lose weight

1. Cranberry Juice Lose 5 Lbs. in 7 Days

This works because Cranberry Juice, Dandelion Tea & Lemon are Natural Diuretics that’ll flush out false fat or excess water weight very fast.

Studies reveal the anthocyanin in cranberry juice lowers cholesterol levels and enhances weight loss. Cranberry juice can also cleanse the body of alcohol, marijuana & nicotine in less than four days.

2. Ice Cold Water Lose 20 Lbs. in 1 Week

Burn an extra 100 calories per day drinking ice cold water because,

Your body has to burn fat to heat the ice cold water back up to your body temperature. You’ll Lose an extra 10 lbs. a year just by drinking ice cold water.

3. Raw Honey

Believe it or not, you could drop a whole dress size in 3 weeks if you take a spoonful of organic raw honey every night before sleeping. Based on the hibernation diet, there is a strong correlation between weight loss and raw honey rich in fructose.

4. Milk

Milk is high in calcium and study after study says 2 things,

5. Lemonade

Lemonade is a potent weight loss drink because it flushes out toxins, rich in vitamin C, cleanses the liver & it carries polyphenols preventing diet-induced weight gain

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6. Yogurt Smoothies Lose 81% More Belly Fat

Not only will the thickness of the smoothiekill your appetite but because yogurt is loaded with calcium like milk This Study shows you’ll lose 61% more fat and 81% more belly fat when adding yogurt to your diet.

7. Green Tea

8. Protein Shakes

9. Coffee

The caffeine in coffee suppresses your appetite, increases your metabolism & gives you more energy during your fat burning workouts making you last longer and work harder to lose weight faster but,

Drink no more than 1-to-2 cups per day. Using coffee to lose weight

10. Vegetable Juice or V8

Drinking a glass of vegetable juice or water before your meals causes you to eat at least 135 less calories according to a study done at Penn. State University. Less calories = More fat loss.

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Aug 2

How to Lose Weight I

We start 2015 with a new series How to Lose Weight. Probably what many people wonder about this time of year. First and foremost, any rational weight loss program starts with a thorough understanding of what causes weight gain in the first place. What is the Aetiology of Obesity?

Weve spent the previous year discussing this question in substantial detail. There was the 41 part series of posts entitled Hormonal Obesity. You can review it here starting with post 1. You may also review our 11 part series entitled Calories to review why calories do not actually cause weight gain. The four part Exercise series reveals why exercise, while healthy and beneficial, is a relatively minor part of weight loss. I am aware that reviewing over 50 blogs (about 50,000 words) may not be the most fun you have this new year, but hey, are we here to lose weight or have fun?

Once we understand that insulin is the key player in the development of obesity, we can begin to treat it. Insulin causes obesity so the key to the treatment of obesity is to lower insulin. Obesity is not a caloric imbalance, it is a hormonal imbalance. Obesity is a disease of too-much-insulin. Therefore, the treatment is to lower insulin. This, of course, is easier said than done.

It is not simply a matter of lowering calories, or lowering carbohydrates, or lowering sugar or lowering processed foods or or increasing fibre or increasing fruits and vegetables. No, it is a matter of doing all of these things that decrease insulin levels. There are two main factors that lead to increased insulin levels. The first factor is the foods that we eat. Certain foods tend to raise insulin more than others. There are also foods that protect against insulin spikes. This is the question which we obsessively think about What to Eat. Should we eat low calories, low carbohydrate, low fat, low animal protein, high fat etc?

But there is an entirely separate stimulus to insulin levels that does NOT depend entirely upon what we eat. This factor is insulin resistance. High insulin resistance will lead to high insulin levels. While fructose does play a role in increasing resistance, there are many other factors as well. This is the entirely separate question of When to Eat. This question is virtually ignored in the vast expanse of obesity literature both on the internet and in academic journals. Insulin resistance develops over time. This explains the time dependent factor of obesity. Most people become obese at a rate of only 1-2 pounds per year.

I plan to discuss the first question of What to Eat first. We will discuss the three major macronutrients of carbohydrates, protein and fats and healthy choices among them.

Then we will discuss the harder question of When to Eat and the startling implications. This leads to the ancient cure for obesity that has, until recently, been completely ignored. This deals with the time dependent factors. Since high insulin resistance is the disease known as type 2 Diabetes, this is also the foundation of rational treatment for type 2 diabetes. Drugs for type 2 diabetes, I believe as virtually useless. This ancient cure also works beautifully for type 2 diabetes, which we use extensively in our Intensive Dietary Management Program. This was demonstrated in our previous post.

Thats the general plan. So lets begin.

There are two prominent findings from all the dietary studies done over the years. First, all diets work. Second, all diets fail. What do I mean? Weight loss follows the same basic curve so familiar to dieters the world over. Whether it is the Mediterranean, the Atkins, or even the old fashioned low fat, low calorie, all diets in the short term seem to produce weight loss. Sure, they differ by the amount some a little more, some a little less. But they all seem to work. However, by 6 months to 1 year, weight loss gradually plateaus followed by a relentless regain despite continued dietary compliance. This occurs regardless of the dietary strategy. In the 10 year Diabetes Prevention Program, for example there is a 7 kg weight loss after one year. The dreaded plateau, then weight regain, follows. So all diets fail. The question is why.

Permanent weight loss is actually a two-step process. There is a short-term and a long-term (time dependent) problem. This resistance to weight loss represents homeostasis. The hypothalamic region of the brain determines the Body Set Weight (BSW). This is our fat thermostat. Insulin acts here to set BSW higher. In the short term, we can use various diets to bring our actual body weight down. However, once below the BSW, the body activates mechanisms to regain that weight. This resistance to weight loss was first demonstrated by Drs. Leibel and Hirsch in 1984. Obese persons that had lost weight require fewer calories. Their metabolism had slowed dramatically. The body is actively resisting long-term weight loss. This widely known fact has been both proven scientifically and empirically.

Imagine that you set your house thermostat low, and you are cold. You plug in a small electric heater. Soon, the house starts to warm up. Any brand of electric heater seems to work. All heaters work. This is the short-term solution to the problem. After a while, the thermostat senses that the temperature has gone up. So it turns on the air conditioning to bring the temperature back down. Eventually, after a seesaw battle, the house always wins. The temperature eventually drifts down and we are cold again. This is the long-term problem. All heaters fail. The problem is homeostasis. While we have adjusted the temperature, we have not adjusted the thermostat.

Now, lets put this into obesity terms. High insulin levels set the BSW thermostat at a weight that is too high. Now we decide to lose weight. Following any reasonable diet reduces weight in the short term. This is the quick fix just like the electric heater. What happens in the long term?

The problem of insulin resistance (time dependent factors) has not been addressed. The insulin resistance keeps insulin high. The BSW is still set at a very high level. The body responds to the weight loss by raising the body weight back up. Hormonal signals of hunger are increased, compelling us to eat. If that doesnt work, total energy expenditure (TEE) is reduced. This was exactly the experience of the participants in the Minnesota Starvation Experiment. As metabolism decreases, it becomes harder and harder to lose weight. Eventually, after a seesaw battle, the BSW wins. The end result is all too familiar weight regain. The problem is homeostasis.

So there are actually two separate questions to lasting weight loss. There is both a short-term and a long-term question. The short-term question is What to Eat. The longer-term problem is why all diets fail. This is the problem of insulin resistance and resetting the BSW. This question revolves around When to Eat. While these two questions are related, they must both be addressed to develop a comprehensive solution to obesity.

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Jul 29

Infused Water: The Ultimate Weight Loss Secret

One of my favorite weight loss topics to talk about is infused water!

Studies have shown that drinking water naturally boosts your metabolism among other water health benefits, and drinking infused water for weight loss can be an easy way to increase your water intake. (1)

I began making infusedwater back in April 2012 with my first infused water post Day Spa Apple Cinnamon Water.That recipe turned out to be really popular, and went viral on Pinterest with over 2 million views within the first year.

Since then, I have created a lot more infused water recipes, and written a book called Fruit Infusion: A Collection of Day Spa Inspired, Fruit Infused Waters.

These simple infusedwater recipes are inexpensive, have almost zero calories, and taste great too!

Also called detox water, fruit flavored water, or fruit infused water; infused water can generally be any combination of fruits, vegetables, and herbs immersed in cold water.

While infused water has the benefit of being full of flavor, it also has no calories, making it a very powerful tool in your efforts to lose weight and gain better health.

For a full one week detox plan, check out my Detox Diet Week post and give your weight loss a kick start, try a detox smoothie, or a Detox Tea for a hot water detox drink.

Special Tip:Fruit infused wateris greatto bring alongwith youand sip all day as a delicious hydrating treat.

To make it easier to take on the go, check out ourRecommended Fruit Infused Water Bottles or see ourlist of theTop 5 Best SellerFruit Infused Water Bottles.

With one of these fruit infuser bottles, you can refill the water over and over again and the flavor of the fruits and herbswill still infuse into the water.Its worth the $10-20 investment in your health!

Besides tasting great and having zero calories, a water detox has many additional health benefits, including:

Water and weight loss go hand in hand. Drinking water to lose weight and be healthier is one of the easiest habits you can have, especially when you can make so many types of infused water recipesto choose from.

Studies have shown that drinking infused water may help improve weight loss and support long term weight loss maintenance. (2)

Drinking water increases the amount of calories you burn by as much as 24-30% within 10 minutes of drinking water, and this water weight loss increase can last for as long as 60 minutes! (3,4)

So if you want tolose weight fast without much extra effort, try drinking more water.

I made this infused water instructional video for eHow.com, the largest how-to site on the internet.

Everyone has their favorite fruit infused water ingredients, but some are more popular than others.

Fresh lemon, lime, strawberries, apple slices, and oranges and the most popular fruit ingredients, while cucumber slices, mint, basil, cinnamon, and ginger are the most popular vegetable ingredients.

Here is my list of the top 5 fruit infused water recipes:

When it comes to popularity,Lemon Wateris the undisputed king of them all.

Also called Lemon Detox Water or Lemon Water, this detox drinkrecipe has the benefit of being really simple and tasty.

Even though this lemon water detox recipe has only two ingredients, lemons and mint, the sweetness and sour from the lemons create a delicious flavor while also providing lots of Vitamin C and the mint adds a refreshing taste.

Drinking lemon water for weight loss is a great idea that you can do cheaply and easily. Try Lemon Mint Water for a refreshing family treat on a hot day.

This Day Spa Apple Cinnamon Water recipe has been my most popular personal fruit infusedwater recipes of all time.

I originally wrote the Day Spa Apple Cinnamon Water recipe on a blog post back in April 2012, and it got picked up on Pinterest right away.

Within 2 weeks I was getting 40,000 views a day on my website for this recipe!

Also called Detox Apple Cinnamon Water, this fruit water recipe is delicious and has the benefit of being metabolism boosting.

Did you know Ginger and Mango both boost your metabolism?

This Mango Ginger Water recipe has been at the top of the charts since it was first introduced.

Along with boosting your metabolism ginger also is a natural pain reliever, from migraines to menstrual cramps ginger heals a lot of pain.

It also helps reduce morning or motion sickness and banishes heart burn! Its no wonder this recipe is so popular!

This refreshing Tangerine and Strawberry Infused Water recipe contains fruits that are high in Vitamin C and are big metabolism boosters!

Strawberries and tangerines one of my favorite combos, andboth hot and cold this is a delicious drink.

This year-round favorite will have you drinking more water quickly.

This is the classic lemon water recipe youd find everywhere, and in the top 5 for good reason.

Cucumber Lemon Water is the ultimate detox drink.

Its got the great taste, and the health benefits of the cucumbers and lemon juice flush your system and help you feel better.

Drinking cucumber water for weight loss is also very popular recently because of one main reason.it works well!

Its very simple: Drinking water helps you lose weight. Studies have demonstrated that drinking water significantly elevates the resting energy expenditure (REE) in children by up to 25%. This effect lasted up to 40 minutes. (5)

Did you get that? Just by drinking water your body increases its burning of calories.

You know that soda is bad for you, including diet soda. Caloric beverages steal your health and steal great food from you because they fill you up with all the wrong stuff. Soda is the #1 culprit for the diabetes epidemic in America. Drinking infused water for weight loss is one of the easiest things you can do for better health.

Experts suggest that the average person should consume at least 64 ounces of water a day, but I recommend you drink up to double that amount for weight loss. But how do you drink that much water ifyou dont like the taste of plain water?

Many people have found drinking infused water for weight loss is the solution.

Because infused waters are naturally low in caloriesand contain no artificial ingredients, you can drink as much of it as you want. Some detoxwater recipes like Day Spa Apple Cinnamon Water even contain metabolism boosting ingredients that naturally help accelerate weight loss.

Which fruit infused water is best for weight loss? The answer is: the one you will drink the most. When it comes to weight loss, more water is better and the goal is to drink as much as you can. Drinking infused water for weight loss is one of the easiest habits you can have to help you lose weight without a lot of effort.

Here are 7 tips for drinking more water:

Once you start drinking a gallon a day you will notice you are more thirsty and will crave more stomach slimming infused water. Your body will help you along if you can stick to it for a week or two. Our bodies need water to stay cool and hydrated, you will also notice clearer skin, stronger hair and nails and best of all water fills you up and it is zero calories!

Studies have shown that drinking water is a proven method for increasing weight loss.

Part of the reason is because water naturally raises your metabolism.

Other reasons include: fills you up, flushes your system, and naturally helps your body release fat cells.

What better way to increase your water consumption than to drink infused water for weight loss?

Make a pitcher to drink all day and watch your weight loss go up!

I also like to have a fruit infused water bottle with me when Im on the go for infused water water anytime, anywhere, at any hour.

I have lots of recipes, just select the Fruit Infused Water category on the drop-down, or chose one of these great water detox drinks:

You can make a serving of infused water in a single glass, or use an fruit infusion pitcher to make a large batch. I like to keep a large pitcher of infused water in my refrigerator at all times.

My family loves the taste and Ive found I can get them to drink a LOT more water when I have a pitcher already made up and available.

You can refill your infused water pitcher several times without losing a lot of flavor, and the pitchers also look really nice on a kitchen table.

Fordetox waterany time, check out our Recommended Fruit Infused Water Bottles or see ourlist of the Top 5 Best SellerFruit Infused Water Bottles.

The best thing about drinking this stuffis that you can try any combination of fruits and herbs to create your own recipes.

Try adding fruits you really like or some youve never tried before.

When it comes to making weight loss water, the skys the limit.

The most important thing to remember is that any recipe works, as long as it helps you drink more water.

Please reply in the comments below and let me know what your favorite recipe is. Enjoy!

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Jul 28

How Weight Lifting Workouts Can Help You Lose Weight …

Weight lifting workouts can help you lose weight when such workouts are done in conjunction with a weight loss diet regime. Lifting weights can help you lose fat, change how your body looks and tone your muscles without the risk of injury if done correctly. You can also successfully re-sculpt trouble spots such as bat wings on your arms.

Lifting Weights to Lose Weight

In order to lose weight, it’s important to increase your rate of metabolism. Lifting weights increases your body’s rate of metabolism and keeps it raised long after the activity is completed. This is because your body has an increased demand for oxygen as a result of the workout and hence registers an increase in the metabolic rate.

A weight lifting workout also helps in the development of muscles. Muscles are an important factor in raising your metabolism, as a pound of muscle can burn up to 20 calories a day whereas a pound of fat can burn only five calories. Since lifting weights helps build muscles and also burns fat, it has a dual benefit in weight loss programs. In addition, weight lifting workouts also help to strengthen the bones and increase endurance levels. For optimum results, weight lifting workouts should be combined with cardiovascular activities.

Burning Fat

In order to burn fat, build muscle, shape your body and lose weight, you should lift weights at least 3 times a week and also pay equal attention to your diet. Aerobic training in the form of cardiovascular workouts are also essential. Doing all three in conjunction can help you attain a lean, muscular and sculpted body. You can also optimize your muscle to fat ratio and keep fat away on a permanent basis.

How to Lose Weight With a Weight Lifting Workout

Always remember to lift more weights than your muscles are used to. You should increase the amount of weights you lift once your body gets used to a particular set of weights. You should ensure that the amount of weights you lift can enable you to complete the last rep with difficulty. Make changes in your weight lifting regime on a regular basis.

Choose a variety of rep ranges that target different muscle fibers if you wish to lose weight from different areas of your body. You should ensure that you do not work the same muscle groups continuously, and you should rest your body on certain days so that your muscles can grow during the rest periods. It’s important to warm up before a workout and cool down after one. The weights should be lifted and lowered slowly without you holding your breath. In order to prevent any injury, it’s essential to maintain your posture and keep your balance.

In order to obtain optimum results, you should go slow in order to protect yourself from injury. You should only lift comfortable amounts of weight and add on slowly in order to prevent stressing your body. You should never use jerky movements while lifting or lowering weights as jerking can cause permanent injury. Breathing regularly and getting rest are essential as well.

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Jul 27

List of Weight Loss Medications (27 Compared) – Drugs.com

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Generic name:phentermine systemic

Brand names: Adipex-P, Fastin, Ionamin, T-Diet, Suprenza, Phentercot, Phentride, Zantryl, Atti-Plex P, Lomaira, Oby-Cap showall

Drug class: CNS stimulants, anorexiants

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Generic name:phentermine systemic

Drug class: CNS stimulants, anorexiants

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Generic name:lorcaserin systemic

Drug class: anorexiants

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Generic name:megestrol systemic

Drug class: hormones/antineoplastics, progestins

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Generic name:phentermine / topiramate systemic

Drug class: anorexiants

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Generic name:megestrol systemic

Brand names: Megace, Megace ES

Drug class: hormones/antineoplastics, progestins

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7.0

Generic name:phentermine systemic

Drug class: CNS stimulants, anorexiants

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8.0

Generic name:phentermine systemic

Drug class: CNS stimulants, anorexiants

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

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Generic name:phentermine systemic

Drug class: CNS stimulants, anorexiants

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7.0

Generic name:phentermine / topiramate systemic

Brand name: Qsymia

Drug class: anorexiants

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Generic name:lorcaserin systemic

Brand names: Belviq, Belviq XR

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Generic name:phentermine systemic

Drug class: CNS stimulants, anorexiants

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9.0

Generic name:phentermine systemic

Drug class: CNS stimulants, anorexiants

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Generic name:megestrol systemic

Drug class: hormones/antineoplastics, progestins

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Generic name:phentermine systemic

Drug class: CNS stimulants, anorexiants

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Generic name:liraglutide systemic

Brand names: Saxenda, Victoza

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Mar 24

How to Lose Weight With Hypothyroidism – verywell.com

If you have an underactive thyroid, your thyroid has been surgically removed, or you have had radioactive iodine to treat an overactive thyroid, you may struggle with an inability to lose weight, a common complaint in hypothyroidism. However you ended up with an underactive, inactive, or surgically removed thyroid gland, you may find that, even with prescription drug treatment for your hypothyroidism, you stillcant lose weightor cant stop gaining weightdespite your best efforts.

Understandably, it’s frustrating. In this situation, it’s helpful to understand the factors contributing to difficult weight loss and how you can address them so that you can lose weight with hypothyroidism.

Whatthyroid patientsneed to know is that there are five factors that may make it significantly more difficult to lose weight:

Let’s explore each one and identify strategies to address them.

For many conventional endocrinologists, the goal of hypothyroidism treatment is to restore you to a thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) level somewhere within the TSH reference range. At that point, you are considered euthyroid, which means that your thyroid function is normal.

Some studies show, however, that TSH levels in the upper end of the reference range are linked to increased weight, higher body mass index (BMI), and higher rates of obesity. To that end, some physicians aim to keep the TSH level at the mid-point of the reference range, or even lower, in some patients.

Conventional therapy for hypothyroidism is levothyroxine, a synthetic form of the T4 hormone. Some studies, however, have shown that nutritional deficiencies, genetic defects, and other factors predispose some people to have an increased need for the active thyroid hormone triiodothyronine (T3).

Those studies have shown some weight loss and increase in metabolism in patients who are treated not with levothyroxine alone, but with a T4/T3 combination therapysuch as levothyroxine plus liothyronine (synthetic T3), or natural desiccated thyroid drugs like Nature-thyroid and Armour, which include both T4 and T3.

Your metabolism works to protect you from starvation, ensure sufficient energy, and to maintain you at whats known as a set pointa particular weight that, like a 98.6-degree body temperature, your body tries to maintain. Initially, as you start to take in too many calories, or your metabolism slows, you will notice a small increase in weight gain. When operating normally, your metabolism will then speed up to burn off extra weight gain, your appetite drops, and your weight returns back to your normal set point.

If your metabolism is chronically slowersuch as seen in hypothyroidismand you take in more calories than you burn, the body then establishes a new, higher weight set point.

Take the example of a 5-foot-7-inch woman who weighs 160 pounds and maintains her weight on 2500 calories a day. She becomes hypothyroid and over the period of a year or two gains 50 pounds. Technically, based on body weight alone, she now needs 2800 calories a day to maintain her weight of 210 pounds. If she kept her calorie intake at 2500, would she lose the extra 50 pounds? Rarely, because not only is her hypothyroidism slowing down her metabolism, but as she drops calories and weight her metabolic rate actually slows down as well. So she might lose some weight, but she will have a higher set point, even as she is consuming the same level of calories as another woman who far less.

This issue of metabolism is one of the factors behind the mystery of someone who apparently eats even more than you do, doesnt exercise more, but maintains a lower weight, or conversely, someone who doesnt eat as much as you, but doesn’teat that much and gains weight or cant lose weight.

Hunger, satiety, fat storage, and fat burning are all intricately tied to your brain chemistryand a number of key hormones and neurotransmitters. There are neurotransmitters that are released to trigger hunger and to encourage you to eat quick sources of energy like simple carbohydrates. Other neurotransmitters tell you youve had enough to eat and are satisfied. Hormones direct glucose in your blood to be stored in fat cells, or instruct the body to release stored glucose for energy.

This complex system can be dramatically affected by several factors that are usually seen in hypothyroidism:

Insulin is a hormone released by your pancreas. When you eat foods that contain carbohydrates, your body converts the carbohydrates into simple sugars. These sugars enter the blood, becoming glucose, or blood sugar. Your pancreas then releases insulin to stimulate the cells to absorb the glucose and store it as an energy reserve, returning your blood sugar to anormal level.

For an estimated 25 percentof the population (and some experts estimate that this is much higher in people with hypothyroidism) eating a “normal amount” of carbohydrates raises blood sugar to excessive levels. A substantial percentage of the population also eats a diet that is too high in carbohydrates. In both cases, the pancreas increases insulin release to drive down blood sugar. Over time, however, cells can become less responsive to insulin, and more has to be produced to maintain normal blood sugar levels.

Researchers have also shown a link between resistance to leptina hormone that helps regulate fat storage and fat burningand thyroid disease.

Both insulin resistance and leptin resistance have a number of negative effects:

The fatigue, reduced energy, and muscle and joint painof hypothyroidism may result in less activity and exercise. This lowers your metabolism, reduces fat-burning muscle, and reduces the amount of calories you can eat without gaining weight. These factors make regular movement and/or exercise as important to your health and well-being as taking your daily thyroid medication.

The issue of weight gainor difficulty losing weightin hypothyroidism is controversial. Many conventional medicine experts believe that there is no direct relationship between thyroid function and obesity.At the same time, numerous research studies have found that the interaction between thyroid hormone, fat tissue, other hormones, and the brain are all crucial for weight control and maintenance of metabolism and energy

Studies have shown that, on average, weight modestly decreases following treatment for hypothyroidism and that thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) levels are typically higher in people who are overweight or obese, compared to the normal population. Research into thyroid patient quality-of-life consistent shows weight gain or inability to lose weight as a key concern for people with hypothyroidism.

There is, however, more definitive evidence that links autoimmune diseasesespecially Hashimoto thyroiditis, the cause of most hypothyroidism in the U.S.with weight gain and obesity. Some research has shown that in some people, autoimmunity triggers resistance to leptin, which then becomes a major contributor to a higher metabolic set point, and the inability to lose weight.

Dont give up hope. You can successfully lose weight with hypothyroidism by paying attention to resolving the key issues we just described. Specifically:

Stay motivated. To help encourage more movement and activity, consider using a wearable fitness tracker (such as a FitBit) to help you set goals and stay motivated. You can also track calories and nutrients with apps such as MyFitnessPal. You may also want to try one of the thousands of fitness programs available on DVD, video, and as smartphone apps. One thyroid patient favorite is T-Tapp, an easy-to-do and effective overall fitness program that combines aerobic and muscle-building routines in gentle, short sequences.

Get support. It’s much easier to stay on track and positive with the support and encouragement of others who are on the same path. You can join a thyroid-specific support group for people participating in weight loss programs, such as theThyroid Diet Support Group. Or you may also want to consider teaming up with some friends to work with a personal trainer or weight loss coach, go for regular fitness walks, or join a gym.

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