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Nutrition and Weight Loss with Amy Lee MD | UCLA Center for Human Nutrition

Most people automatically connect weight with fat, but that's not accurate. If you want to lose 15 pounds just so it looks better on the scale readout, then it probably doesn't matter whether you lose fat, water or muscle. If you want to lose that extra bulge around your middle, then you're looking to lose 15 pounds of fat fast. The aim of this article is to provide you with a few tips on how to lose your extra pounds sensibly. One of the first things you are going to need to know is you aren't going to shed those extra pounds without working at it. Furthermore, you are going to have to exercise. Common sense alone will tell you, without you being active, it's going to be twice as hard to lose and keep the weight off. You may have a sore tongue or your gums may bleed. You will probably experience digestion problems either diarrhea or constipation. You may feel tingling in your hands or feet, get out of breath easily, hear a ringing sound in your ears, have chest pain, and develop neurological symptoms such as forgetfulness, a lack of ability to focus, and becoming easily confused. If your doctor tells you to lose 50 pounds, you need to break those 50 lbs down into bite size chunks. (Pun intended) An example of doing this would be to set a long term goal of losing the 50 pounds over a six month time frame. You can break this down into a smaller goal of only 8 lbs a month. Then you can take it down even further to two pounds a week. Once you find the right diet, now you are ready to find the right exercise plan. Start by doing some stretches. Stretches help to not only get your heart pumping and your blood flowing, but also help to warm up your muscles and joints. This helps to ensure that while you are exercising, you are less likely to do any damage, such as pulling a muscle. The key is to find a forum which covers all of the attributes above; plus more. A forum is more than a place to chat; it is a community of like minded people hoping to reach a goal; in this struggle of losing weight. You will be amazed at how much more motivated you feel if you're talking with people like yourself on a daily basis. 

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