DOCTORS WEIGHT LOSS
A Doctor's 34 Answers That Teach Weight Loss
Roy H. Hinman II M.D. Family & Bariatric Medicine
"Although the biochemical process of weight loss is complex, the principles are simple."
1. How do I keep myself motivated on a diet?
Superior self motivation and success comes from rapid weight loss. It helps to build a commitment to continue towards your target weight loss goal. A rapid weight loss program gives you the impetus to continue with a weight management and exercise maintai
nance program after your healthy target weight and fitness goal has been reached.
2. If I experience rapid weight loss does that mean that when I stop dieting the lost weight will come right back?
No, if food addictions and eating patterns have been changed you can easily keep the weight off.
3. How do I lose weight?
Simply stated, burn more calories than you eat and you will lose weight.
4. What are calories?
A unit of heat measurement commonly used when relating to the burning of food as a fuel or energy source in the human metabolic system.
5. What is a gram?
A gram is a "small calorie" (a unit of weight of the metric system equaling approximately the weight of a cubic centimeter or a milliliter of water). Commonly used to measure the caloric intake of the foods you eat.
6. Where do calories and/or grams come from?
Protein (approx. 4 calories per gram, Carbohydrates (approx. 4 calories per gram, and Fats (approx. 9 calories per gram)
7. I eat very little but I am still obese. How come?
To lose weight you must use (burn) more calories than you take in (eat). There is no such thing as a person who can not lose weight if he/she eats the right type of food in the right quantities.
8. What happens when I burn more calories than I Eat?
Your body compensates by burning calories stored in your body fat. The result is weight loss.
9. What is the quickest way I can lose weight?
A total fast.
10. Is a total fast safe?
A total fast is dietary (nutritional) deprivation! No, it is not safe! A safe rapid weight loss program requires a balance of protein, soluble and insoluble dietary fiber, and nutritionals (vitamins - minerals) so
you can remain healthy while experiencing prompt weight loss.
11. Is a total fast, spring water fast, or any fast that does not provide protein safe?
No it is not safe! You should avoid a total fast if it exceeds 36 hours.
12. Why do I hear so much about prompt weight loss being unsafe?
Rapid weight loss is usually associated with a total fast which is detrimental to your physical health because it burns body muscle (body mass) as well as body fat. Often with a total fast diuresis occurs. Without adaquate hydration the body experiences w
eight loss due to water loss. When you start drinking water again you rehydrate your body and the weight returns. This is known as "yo-yoing".
13. Why is protein so important when I diet?
Without protein in your diet your body experiences muscle loss and weakness. When associated with recurring weight gain (muscle being replaced by new fat) you are jeopardizing your health. This is also known as "yo-yoing" and each time it occurs weight l
oss becomes more difficult and your body mass index identifies poor health on the horizon.
14. If a total fast is a "no-no" what is the quickest-safest way to lose weight?
A modified fast that allows you to utilize fat metabolism (ketosis) while protecting your muscles (body mass).
15. What is a proper and healthy modified fast diet?
The first rule is that the diet should improve your health while you are losing weight. Secondly, the diet should supply your body with the proper amount of essential protein and dietary fiber. Thirdly, nutritiona
l supplementation is required to protect your body during dieting. This has to be achieved while you are totally eliminating or greatly reducing the intake of carbohydrates, all sugars, and all dietary fats.
16. How quick can I safely lose weight?
The rate of weight loss should be determined by your general health conditions, how you feel while you are losing weight and the food supplementation plan used during the weight loss period. It is recommended that you be under yo
ur doctor's care if you are experiencing rapid weight loss.
17. What are the benefits of using protein in the modified fast diet?
When consumed the protein is used to maintain muscle mass, and to provide amino acids for catalase, enzymes, DNA,RNA, and hormone replacement, thereby maintaining muscle and general body health.
18. Does carbohydrates (vegetables, fruits and grains) slow weight loss?
Yes!!! However when dieting, a small amount of carbohydrate helps create bulk and when used with a proper high quality matrix of soluble and insoluble dietary fibers you are assured of regularity and normal eliminations thus preventing co
nstipation. It is recommended that natural nutritional supplementation (extracted from vegetables) be taken when eliminating carbohydrates from the diet.
19. What is ketosis?
Not to be confused with acidosis (associated with diabetic ketoacidosis). Ketosis is the result of the incomplete metabolism of fatty acids (ketone bodies), generally from carbohydrate deficiency induced by the modified fast. Ketone bodies are a group of
compounds produced during the oxidation of fatty acids and are burned by the human body as the perfect fuel.
20. When I am using a modified fast diet should I drink a lot of water?
Yes!!! When you are in ketosis fluid intake (up to one gallon of clean water per day) will result in an improved feeling of wellness while increasing weight loss through the removal of ketone bodies in the urine. It is recommended that yo
u urinate at least every half hour while dieting. This insures prompt weight loss.
21. Should I expect and will I experience the pain and the suffering normally associated with most diets when I use a properly balanced modified fast diet?
No you should not! First, you will get all of your energy requirements from your own body fat and the nutritional supplimentation without the pangs of hunger and the ravages of cravings. Secondly, you will get this energy in the quantities you need and wh
en you need it.
22. How long will I be hungry when using a modified fast?
Within 48 to 72 hours your hunger will normally disappear and there are natural safe nonhabitforming homeiopathic alternatives on the market that will help eliminate your cravings?
23. Can I expect to lose my addictions to fats and sweets?
Yes, a modified fast allows dieting to become much simpler and less painful with the loss of food addictions to fats and sweets. In addition you will find that you will develop new and healthy eating habits as the result of using a properly balanced modif
ied fast program.
24. Will a modified fast make me tired and will I feel weak?
No!!! You will have more energy when using a balanced modified fast diet program and after you have achieved your target weight you will continue to enjoy the new found energy.
25. How will losing weight affect high blood?
In most cases, significant weight loss results in decreased systolic and dystolic blood pressure.
26. How will losing weight affect my cholesterol?
Weight loss causes a reduction in lipid levels and total cholesterol while elevating HDL (high density lipoprotein, good cholesterol) and lowers LDL (low density lipoprotein, bad cholesterol). When weight loss is associated with certain dietary fiber supp
limentation triglycerides are also lowered.
27. How will losing weight affect my blood sugar?
Blood sugar levels will immediately improve when you use a modified fast. If you are diabetic you should consult your physician! Frequent blood glucose monitoring is required! Get approval from your primary care physician before you
start the diet.
28. What are some of the other benefits of losing weight?
There are many health benefits associated with weight loss. Some of them are decreased pain in weight bearing joints, decrease sleep apnea symptoms, decreased reflux disease symptoms (heart burn), increased energy due to improved sleep hygiene, resolution
of irritable bowel (IBS) in most cases, decreased risk of stroke and heart disease, reduces the risk of developing varicose veins, reduces the risk of developing abdominal hernia, and improved body image.
29. Do I need exercise to get healthy?
Yes!!! Although you can lose weight and reduce risk factors without exercise you need physical activity as the catalyst to regain health and extend life expectancy.
30. When should I start exercising?
You should start exercising within the first four weeks and while you are losing weight. As you lose weight you can exercise without over stressing the heart and weight bearing joints, which is a symptom of obesit
y. In other words, by losing weight we create the potential for the exercise to build back the physical health that obesity has taken from us.
31. How and what should I be looking for in an exercise program?
An progressive exercise prescription is essential to accelerate your weight loss and to allow you to reach your optimum health and fitness. You should look for a prescriptive exercise plan tailored to fit you capacity. The program should scientifically te
st your abilities and upgrade your exercise levels monthly.
32. What about walking or jogging as a qualified exercise plan?
Not by itself! You must first take a capacity test to determine which exercises, speeds, and durations are appropriate for you. A professional exercise prescription provides you with the daily details you need to follow to progressively improve your optim
al musculo/cardiovascular health during weight loss.
33. Is prompt weight loss realistic for me?
Yes, due to the modified fast and exercise prescription you will experience the weight loss and health goals you have set for yourself. Muscle mass will be increased and aerobic capacity improved while you control your weight loss.
34. Will I get baggy skin with rapid weight loss?
Exceptionally saggy or baggy skin is seldom if ever seen with a modified fast diet. This is due to the preservation of elastin and other connective tissue properties which are maintained and enhanced through the additional use of nutritional supplementati
on, increased water intake and the dietary regime.
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