Monthly Archive for August, 2009

How do I lose the weight I gained during my pregnancy

Question: I delivered a wonderful baby boy almost 6 months ago. At the time I fell pregnant I weighed in at about 155 lbs and went up to 186 at time of delivery. I am now back down to 170 lbs, but really battle to lose the weight, especially around my belly. Wat diet can you recommend for me? I don’t have too much time to exercise, but maybe you can suggest something for once a week?

Answer: At least you know you are not alone. Losing that extra weight around the abdomen is the biggest problem for most women after they’ve delivered. One thing to keep in mind though, is that it took your body nine months to gain the extra weight – don’t expect it to drop off overnight. Also, the changes to your lifestyle and sleep deprivation that accompanied your baby into your life do not make it any easier for you to lose weight. For that reason you must choose a simple and healthy diet, easy to follow, but still one that is nutritious enough so you can cope with the demands on your life.

While it is generally accepted that targeted weight loss is unlikely on most healthy diets, the results from a number of clinical trials appear to support the fact that a diet sufficiently relatively high in monounsaturated fats or “good fats” not only contributes to weight loss, but also seems to be especially good in helping to reduce external and internal fat around the torso. Monounsaturated fat also plays an important part in regulating and re-balancing your hormones. The Mediterranean Diet is the way of eating that was identified for inclusion in the trials precisely because of its high “good fats” content, largely because of the liberal use of olive oil. The Mediterranean diet should be considered as a way of eating rather than a diet, but still compares well with even Atkins as far as weight loss go. More info to be found in this Mediterranean Diet Review. The Flat Belly Diet Review contains more discussions on the benefits of monounsaturated fats for weight loss.

For exercise: Put on those walking shoes and go for long leisurely strolls with your baby. Once a week, go for a yoga lesson to get your energy and life-balance restored.

I need a diet pill that can help me stop overeating

Question: I am really tired of spending my money on weight loss pills and supplements that don’t work, but I need help. I am hungry all the time and just can not stop eating. I can’t control myself, but I simply have to lose weight. I need something that works! All help will be appreciated.

Answer: The best diet pill for you depends on your dietary preferences. I will suggest some weight loss pills you may want to consider, but it is important to realize that while these pills may help you lose weight a bit faster; any sustainable weight loss can only be brought about by a permanent change in eating habits for the better. You don’t mention your main “poison”; but if junk food or store-bought snacks are what you keep on craving, I’d suggest you read this review of David Kessler’s the End of Overeating first. Most of these processed food products have been specifically manufactured with just the right mix of fat, salt and sugar to lead to food addiction. The only way to overcome addiction to junk food is to switch to a healthy, balanced diet based on natural foods.

If you still want to proceed in trying out a weight loss pill, you may want to consider Alli. Alli is a FDA approved diet pill that works by blocking fat absorption, but it should only be used if you are seriously sticking to a very low fat diet otherwise the side effects can be embarrassing. You can find more information on this fat blocker in the following review of Alli. Another product that prevents fat absorption is Proactol.

If you are not planning to go on a low fat diet, you may want to try NuPhedrine. NuPhedrine contains bitter orange for its fat burning or thermogenic qualities, along with Hoodia Gordonii as appetite suppressant. As you may know, ephedra has been banned for use in weight loss pills. Many of the popular weight loss products were subsequently reformulated with bitter orange as replacement for ephedra. Although bitter orange is not as strong a stimulant as ephedra is, it is still a stimulant so do not take it unless you are healthy. Pay special attention to any predispositions for heart problems. NuPhedrine can be used with any diet. More information van be found in this review of NuPhedrine.

Does Alli work and what are the side effects?


Question: I find it really hard to lose weight, and think that I may lose weight faster with Alli? Does this diet pill actually work and what are the side effects?

Answer: Alli is one of very few weight loss pills that are actually FDA approved, so it can be argued that it is safer for you than the majority of untested diet pills available on the market. Alli works by preventing your body from absorbing about 25% of your total fat intake; thereby reducing your daily calorie intake. Alli is in essence then a fat blocker. Clinical trials have shown that Alli can help you lose 50% more weight than you would have if you only followed a healthy low fat diet.

Because Alli works only on the digestive tract, its side effects are limited. If you do not stick to a low fat diet, the use of Alli it can have some very embarrassing side effects that may require you to start carrying around an extra pair of undies. If you stick to a low fat calorie controlled diet though, the only “side effect” should be that you may soon need to invest in new outfits!

Just remember – while Alli can only help you lose weight a bit faster, the real work is in making sure that you follow a healthy low fat diet. While Alli can provide that extra boost; it will not help you lose weight in any sustainable way unless you change your eating habits permanently.

More information on how this diet pill works can be found in this review of Alli. You may also find it helpful to track you calorie & fat intake using this free online food diary.

What is my BMI or Body Mass Index

Question: What does BMI mean and where can I get mine calculated?

Answer: Your Body Mass Index, or BMI, is an index used by medical professionals to determine whether you are in shape or not. It really is a ratio calculated using your height and weight. While your BMI offers a good starting point to assess how close you are to your healthy weight, it must used with care. The main disadvantage of using the BMI to assess body shape or obesity is that it is not that precise. It does not take into account bone structure or your lean muscle mass versus fat ratio. To compensate for these factors, BMI numbers should be interpreted in ranges. For example: if you are athletically built or have a heavy bone structure, your BMI is likely to be on the higher side of the normal range when you are at your ideal body weight; while your small-framed friend should ideally be on the lower side of the normal range. Remember that your goal should be to be healthy, not just skinny.

Categories for BMI are as follow:

  • Below 18.5 Underweight
  • 18.5 – 24.9 Healthy
  • 25.0 – 29.9 Overweight
  • 30.0 – 39.9 Obese
  • Over 40 Morbidly Obese

Find out how close you are to the normal range by using this free BMI calculator. The same weight loss support website also offers you a free ideal weight calculator that takes into account your bone structure.

BMI should not be used to assess weight problems in children, as it is only applicable to adult bodies.