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Overweight, want to reduce weight. Suggest? - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 03-Jun-2013
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Doctor:How can I help you?
User:I have calculated my BMI on your site
User:and it comes out to be 30
User:i want to be under normal weight category... which means I am 30+ kgs over weight
User:my weight is 99
User:How much ever I exercise and eat normal
User:the weight doesnt seem to go off
User:I was planning of a supervised fasting program for its health benefits I have read
User:I need your adivce
Doctor:May I know your age and gender?
User:22years, Male
Doctor:And can you specify your current height?
User:181 cms
Doctor:Do you suffer from any medical problems like diabetes, thyroid?
User:nthng.. which I know off..
Doctor:Let me explain.
Doctor:1. I have verified the details submitted and yes you are bit over weight.
User:please. :)
User:BMI 30 is showing as obese :( not even overweight
Doctor:At 181 cms your ideal body weight would be between 65kgs to 75kgs.
Doctor:so you definitely need to loose a bit of weight.
Doctor:There are many options to do that. But fasting programmes have its cons too.
Doctor:Nutritionist do not advice fasting programmes because of the rebound weight gains that could happen with it.
User:oh.. ok..
User:but what if we need to maintain the weight loss by fasting, through healthy changes?
Doctor:Though there are many options gradual changes in diet and exercise are the ones recommended for sustained weight loss.
Doctor:There are few reports of rebound weight gain following rapid weight loss programmes, the reason as a result of changes in metabolism.
Doctor:So I do not usually recommend fast weight loss programmes.
User:ok :)
Doctor:To explain in simple terms,
Doctor:when you fast, your hunger receptors are stimulated which most often results in over eating in your next meal.
Doctor:2. Continued fasting diminishes body metabolism, so you would really need a bit less that what you eat.
Doctor:However these changes are not considered during the fasting programmes.
Doctor:Apart from these, as the diet taken is not balanced, plenty of essential nutrients are missed which is not agreable.
User:ok :)
Doctor:I would instead suggest you to consult a dietician and personalize your diet with gradual and slow changes in your diet.
Doctor:Here the weight changes are not abrupt.
User:ok :) thanks for your suggestion doc, I will get in touch with a nutritionist :)
Doctor:It can take a few months to see some changes in your weight, but we do not expect rebound weight gain or loss of nutrition.
User:ok :)
Doctor:Hope I have answered your query.
Doctor:Thanks for consulting me.
Doctor:Bye for now.
User:u r welcome
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