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  • fely
    started a topic Obesity Side Effects

    Obesity Side Effects

    I thought this might give some people motivation to lose more weight, here is a list of the most common symptoms of being overweight, and the are many more...

    poor nutrition
    lack of physical activity
    high cholesterol
    psychosocial disability
    large body frame
    difficulty in doing daily activities
    energy level
    facial features often appear disproportionate
    adiposity (which are the fat cells) in the breast region in boys
    large abdomen (white and even purple marks are sometimes present)
    in males, external genitals may appear disproportionately small
    puberty can occur early
    increased adiposity in the upper arms and thighs
    knock kneed ? a very common symptom
    increased weight and also increased abdominal girth
    increased body mass index
    thrombophilia ? a disorder in homeostasis that can lead to Thrombosis
    raised levels of cortisol and uric acid
    Pickwickian syndrome ? is a medical condition characterized by Obesity, somnolence and erythrocytosis.
    Hyperlipidaemia ? means an excessive quantity of lipids in the organism
    Hyperinusulinaemia ? high insulin levels in the blood
    Infertility in females
    Amenorrhoea ? meaning the absence of the menstrual period
    Carpal tunnel syndrome ? is characterized by an enlargement of the wrists, tendons and ligaments that often appears after an aggravation of the inflammations.
    Burning and tingling fingers
    Numbness in fingers and fingers paresthesias
    Usually thumb, index and middle fingers are affected
    Hand weakness
    The little fingers are usually not affected.
    Last edited by Ziphera; 01-09-09, 12:10 AM.

  • lpowers5
    Answered my own question with research. Copied and pasted to share.

    5 Ways to Break a Weight Loss Plateau
    By Jim F.

    If you've ever tried to lose fat for any sustained period of time - you may have hit a plateau. You have changed nothing, but suddenly the fat no longer disappears. The human body is incredibly adaptive, and will do its level best to maintain equilibrium (homeostasis).

    The plateauing effect has to be the biggest motivation-killer there is. Unfortunately many popular diet books are strangely quiet on the issue -- I guess the concept doesn't sell well.

    The best single word of advice is to make a change. Don't make the mistake of doing the same thing over and over expecting a different result (Ben Franklin's definition of insanity).

    What changes can you make?

    1. Zig-Zag Calorie Intake
    Zig-zagging, or calorie cycling is the process of varying daily calorie intake, while maintaining the same weekly intake. Instead of consuming (for example) precisely 1800 calories each day - you can mix it up. Eat 1500 calories one day, and 2100 calories the next. This can be as simple as halving then doubling a portion size, or adding a post-workout shake into the plan. Just keep your body guessing. Further: Zig-zag calculator.

    2. Strength Training
    If you are not doing this as part of your program or lifestyle, then it's time to start. Working your muscles will help to strengthen bone tissue, increase lean mass, and ultimately boost metabolic rate.

    3. Change Your Exercise Routine
    So you go walking a lot? Then try jogging, or swimming, or cycling -- anything that will change the way your body is working. If you are doing low intensity cardio work, then try some high intensity exercise (such as HIIT). Need help? Check out these exercise ideas.

    4. Alter Macro-nutrient Intake
    Although it sounds complicated, once again, the idea is to change what you are eating. If (for example) you are eating a moderate diet that is higher in carbs - try eating less carbs and more protein. There is no need to get super-technical over the whole thing. If you have a carbohydrate snack every day at morning tea time - change it to a protein snack. Whatever you are doing consistently - try mixing it up a bit. However if you want to get technical, use a nutrient calculator.

    5. Change Meal Frequency
    If you are eating three square meals a day - start adding snacks in between (which may mean reducing the portion size of the main meals). Eating often is an old and common style of eating - once again, you are trying to boost your metabolic rate.

    I know all that - What else is there?
    Some of us seem to have more adaptive bodies than others. I remember when I was eating a fairly rigid diet, having three strength training sessions per week, and as much as seven (often intense) cardio sessions a week. After 3-4 weeks - the fat simply stopped coming off. The frustration was enough to make me take my meal plans (stuck to the fridge), screw them up and throw them away in disgust. I was furious and disappointed. I felt that I was doing everything "right". So what was the answer?

    Chill out and back off... I was becoming obsessional. I started eating more, and gradually reduced my cardio levels. I gave my body and mind a break. In the process I have learnt to eat more intuitively. Every person is unique, and we must learn how our individual body responds - and how to work with that.

    UPDATE: You can estimate daily calories here, or see other tips and tools here.
    Exercise Tips and Tools Weight Loss Tips

    I have been reading more and more, and there are even commercials out about this…that drinking milk, or taking in more calcium can help you lose weight. I just read another article on Radius - Read the Magazine about the same topic. What is your experience with this idea?
    D McLaren

    Sorry people, but 2 and 1/2 years ago I started on WW (no meetings, just followed the program) and I lost over 60 pounds. About a year ago, I started running which took off the last 20. In the last 4 - 6 months, I have changed nothing and the scale has gone UP 5 pounds or so.....and stayed there. I cannot enjoy eating, I cannot "treat" myself as the scale goes up IMMEDIATELY. It used to happen that when I treated myself for a day, after a week or so my weight would return back to normal.....not so now. And I don't want to hear "you must be not paying attention to your calories closely etc"...I do. I eat between 1200 and 1500 calories per day and feel hungry most of the time....I can't take this much longer, and I am not enjoying life. I have a new wardrobe that I am NOT giving up because the scale is going what do I do?
    Chris Douglas


    Try snacking on nuts. 1 oz will hold you between breakfast and lunch, as well as lunch as dinner. I mix mine up with almonds, walnuts, and cashews. There are some nut clusters made with brown rice syrup that are quite good as well. This keeps the hungries away.

    Because you are at your goal wt or close to it, our need for calories is less. Calories in-calories expended. Go back to your maintainance book. your ariginal points to lose wt where you are now, lose the 5 then add 4 pts. work carefully from there. it is a hard place to be. Since you did WW, You might benefit from the support of a meeting or online chat with others to get the support you need. With all the work you did, I know you don't want to lose sight of your smaller, and greater self.
    It is a forever journey.


    The "zigzagging" calories thing works really well too. On the WW plan, a lot of people alternate a week of eating towards the lower end of their calorie range and then a week of eating towards the higher end. I did that a couple of times when I'd have a plateau and it did work. The trick is to not pig out when you eat the higher-calorie menu and not starve yourself when you are on the low-calorie part.

    Strength training is also a really great way to bust out of a rut. It builds muscle so you burn more calories without even trying that hard.

    I've given up completely before when I hit a plateau that lasted 2 months. I now have a scale that measures body fat as well as weight. Now I can see if maybe I'm not losing weight, but losing fat. We'll see.

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  • lpowers5
    I need some advice!!! ASAP

    OK, so I have been loosing weight but the skin is drooping. I knew this was bound to happen but now what? Anyone already go through this that can give input? My bff said sit ups but she never had skin just a hanging. And my biceps, Why do they measure larger then two months ago? (I know I have a long way to go). My measurements are B- 50.5 W- 40 H-50.5
    however, where my skin hangs is 53 Is this normal?

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  • Marie Shelton
    Yeah we are curious Janica. what is your height and weight? If you want to know your BMI (body Mass Index), weight loss forums such as this can help you determine it and subsequently assist in understanding its implications. If you have been experiencing chest pain when doing strenuous activities, I think it would be better if you visit your physician. It can be angina or something else so better ask your doctor to put a stop on the process. I recommend that you lower your cholesterol and salt intake as this can further deteriorate the heart muscles. because you see, the more cholesterol in your diet, the more at risk you are for atherosclerosis or heart vessels blockage. Salt on the other heart can cause water retention which can cause the heart muscles to work extra hard to pump those increased blood volume to the other parts of the body which can weaken the muscles. So be very careful on your diet and remember to visit your physician.

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  • markwilson419
    I like your post. Obesity is one of the major problem in the world it can lead to several diseases which badly affects the health.

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  • lpowers5
    What is your height and weight? Welcome to the forum, hope this place helps you with your journey.
    I was never overweight until after my sons birth. When I started to gain I really gained.
    I remember the first time a doctor told me I was morbidly obese, I was ticked. I never seen myself that fat. However, when I realized I was... well here I am. I am working hard to get back to a healthy weight.

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  • Janica Lim
    I am not obese but Im overweight for my height. I wanted to lose weight because lately, I have been experiencing adverse side effect of obesity. I can't climb 5 flights of stairs without feeling really tired. And strenuous activities such as running makes me hyperventilate.

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  • lpowers5
    I believe the stress lead to me making bad choices and over eating. I was luck I caught myself before it was way to late. I won't ever give up on losing this weight no matter what happens. I said I was finished being fat and I meant it. Life is never a piece of cake but some of my stress is mainly caused from my youngest son. I only wish we could have adopted him earlier in life. He came here at 8 and was 12 when the adoption was final and set in allot of his ways. He is now 16 and is more then a handful. I still love him with all my heart and am trying to keep him from finding his way to jail. All the other stress is normal stuff. I read the blog about the levels.... its strange that the only thing with my blood is my D levels were very low and doc put me on D+ pills. Wonder if the connections with the thinning of the bones and the chances increasing with fractures not only has to do with c. levels but also the D?
    Enough about me, how is your weight coming? How is life?

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  • Guinea Piggy
    I am sorry to hear that you were so stress out. It is so hard sometimes not to let our worries take over. All I can recommend is that you take some time each day to sit, relax and think about all the good things in your life. That is what helps me relax.

    Don't let the weight gain get you down either. Stress can cause weight gain Weight Gain and Stress - Cortisol - Stress Weight Gain . Do you think your weight gain was because of higher cortisol levels or did you eat more or less healthy because you were stressed out (or is it a little of both). I'm just curious because I think that hormonal imbalances during stressful times can cause us to gain weight more than we think.

    I'm sending you lots of positive thoughts. Keep up the great effort!

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  • lpowers5
    Wow stress causes weight gain!

    I always heard stress could cause weight gain. This week I was under tremendous stress and I gained 7 lbs. Wow, glad I have been monitoring my weight so now I can kick it in the rear. I go back to doctor in one week and now need to be down 11 lbs to meet my goal. I will just have to focus more on myself and less on life problem at hand. Keep me in your thoughts.

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  • Marie Shelton
    Obesity is accompanied by a variety of adverse side effects or complications. There are diabetes, heart, or even breathing problems. However, the most common complication of obesity is emotional instability. Most obese individuals feel ugly and inadequate which is why buying weight loss products are now becoming popular among the public.

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  • shane
    Well this being amazing information to share with us , tips about the weight loss is very useful it will definitely give result ,...
    Last edited by shane; 11-25-10, 02:49 AM.

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  • ohina
    Obesity is a disease, but it also poses a threat as a common risk factor for various adult diseases.Mainly diseases are diabetics,skin diseases,Mental stress etc. When the body adds excess fat, physical changes such as an increase of fat in blood.Increased body weight puts strain on the body's joints, especially the knees.

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