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Is rapid weight loss unhealthy?

The quoted "1-2" pounds per week (or approximately 0.5 - 1 kilo) is based on the traditional 3500 calories burned = 1 pound of fat. Now, while the exact figure of 3500 calories is somewhat open to ...
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Does 3500 calories really equal a pound?

The original 3500 calorie theory comes from a correspondence published in 1959, by a Dr. Max Wishnofsky, where he equates it to pounds lost in observed obese patients. It's further perpetuated by ...
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Where does fat go when you lose it?

Fat cells make up adipose tissues. Most fat in our body is stored in adipose tissue. It is true that we do not lose fat cells. Fat cells would only shrink in size. We do respiration all the time, ...
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Is there an optimal body fat percentage?

Currently I am not aware of any scientifically based recommendations for levels of healthy body fat. There are empirical observations and actuarial tables/considerations, but there hasn't been a ...
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How do artificial sweeteners affect weight loss?

There has been a lot of debate over the topic of artificial sweeteners and weight loss. Some studies say that artificial sweeteners do promote weight loss, while others argue the complete opposite, ...
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Is "water weight" a real thing?

It sounds like what you're talking about is related to water retention, a specialized case of fluid retention, which causes an effect known as edema. Edema (and thus generalized fluid retention) can ...
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Abnormal thyroid function and obesity - known links?

The relationship between thyroid function and body weight is bidirectional and complex. It is known for decades, if not centuries, that cretinism (only in the end of the 19th century to be ...
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How does insulin sensitivity affect weight loss?

Insulin resistance and obesity are both symptoms of type 2 diabetes, although they also occur at a prediabetic stage, before the diabetes diagnostic criteria are met. Insulin resistance is highly ...
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How to gain weight naturally or by food around the house

Unless you are very short, your weight indicates that you are severely underweight, see here for details. If you are indeed underweight, then you should follow the advice given there: If you are ...
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Does lifting weights inhibit growth for teens and kids?

TL; DR: No, they won't impact growth if practiced within reason, and there is no damage to growth plates from injury. The medical community and the public in general seems to regard strength ...
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Does being underweight have an influence on cancer risk?

It's unclear, but it's generally terrible for your survival odds. The American Institute for Cancer Research states quite bluntly that While underweight men and women have higher overall mortality ...
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Where is the WHO definition of (very) low birth weight?

A low birth weight baby is one that weighs less than 2500 g at birth. As growth is a progressive process, a baby may weigh less than 2500 g at birth because it is born too soon, or because it is small ...
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Do combined oral contraceptives cause weight gain?

The answer at the moment seems to be a clear "maybe". There is a Cochrane review of this very topic. Combination contraceptives: effects on weight. A Cochrane review is a study where people ...
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How to gain weight naturally or by food around the house

To increase weight and be healthy eat plenty of food rich in proteins (black beans, chickpeas, broccoli, potatoes, mushrooms), carbohydrates (Whole grain bread, pasta, cereals) and fat (avocado, olive ...
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Does lowering your resting heart rate decrease your metabolism?

The short answer is no, your metabolism isn't really driven by your heart rate. The basic definition of metabolism is that it is the process by which your body converts the food and liquid that you ...
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Is bmi a good indicator of health

BMI is absolutely NOT a good indicator of health. At least not on its own. It is made up of two measurements only: height and weight. Height is a stable property, and a person cannot do anything ...
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Can metabolism raising help us become thinner?

Basal metabolic rate is essentially energy expenditure at rest, whereas metabolism is a general term for net anabolism and catabolism - however, often metabolism is used to refer to basal metabolism + ...
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Will I lose weight following this diet?

The common thought here is to lose weight you need to have more calories going out than coming in (basically, just eat less). Your TDEE (number of calories you should eat per day to stop any weight ...
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What is the optimal weight within the BMI range?

BMI is calculated from this formula, only looking at the height and weight of a person. However, muscle is bulkier than fat, so two people could have the same BMI but be at different health levels (...
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How to lose weight as a 13 yr old?

Assuming that you are a person in normal good health who wants to lose weight, the best approach for you is to either decrease your intake, exercise to offset some of your intake, or both. You say ...
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Is rapid weight loss unhealthy?

I want to add an answer focusing on the second part of your question in what way is losing weight faster than this unhealthy There's a few unhealthy things that can happen to people who lose a ...
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How much would a man 9'6" (3m) tall likely weigh?

Consider this ideal weight calculator for example. For a 25 yo male with a height of 9'6'' (289 cm), the optimal weight should be around 342 - 462 pounds (155kg - 210kg). By the way, the tallest man ...
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Why my hands are thin and stomach has a lot of fat

People tend to gain weight around the abdomen and hips because we generally have many more millions out fat cells in those areas and very few in the hands. It is possible to gain weight in your hands, ...
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Does 3500 calories really equal a pound?

It is, at least, overly simplified. The average amount of water in adipose tissue is 13%. In addition to that, it also contains approx. 3% protein. The remainder is fat. Lard, which should have a ...
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Do belts/bands that vibrate make you lose weight?

There hasn't been any conclusive clinical studies that have found that vibrating belts, or any vibration exercise for that matter, can definitely help promote weight loss. Sadly, most studies have ...
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Can one go underweight then bulk afterwards safely?

Body Mass Index, or BMI, is not really a reliable indicator. It was based on statistics developed almost 200 years ago, and ignores such things as high muscle content (Muscle weighs more than fat), ...
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can i lose weight just by dieting?

You lose weight when you consume less calories than you burn. You burn calories even when you do not exercise, because your body needs calories to maintain vital functions of the heart, kidneys, brain,...
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Normal life with heavy weights?

If you build this up gradually, then you're more likely to succeed, although it may still be above the limit that your body can tolerate in the long term. In general, exercise stresses the body, but ...
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Blood Test Panel for weight loss in females

The majority of people who are overweight have difficulty losing weight. If they didn't there wouldn't be an obesity crisis in the western world. OBESITY CRISIS: TWO BILLION PEOPLE NOW OVERWEIGHT ...
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