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Old 10-27-2013, 01:12 PM   #1
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Hi guys. My name's Ash (pretty much) and I'll turn 19 the first of next month.
I'm a med student and I know it's not healthy to be fat/overweight.
Now, I'd like to keep it short and to the point. My current weight is about 70 kg and I'd want to reduce it to 50 kg.
Not trying to be a narcissist, but I have nice features, my obesity however hides it all. I might go for weight loss shakes next month because for some reason I can just not exercise regularly, loss of motivation or whatever.
All I'm worried about is, I've heard these weight-loss shakes have many side-effects, including causing infertility issues, that's one thing I'd never want to face, so I dunno.
I hope I find the right motivation here and I hope I'm able to achieve my goal soon, via a healthy road.
Anyhoo...glad to have joined in the 3fatchicks' community.
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Old 10-27-2013, 01:42 PM   #2
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Welcome to the forum Dr Ash.
I am an Intensive care nurse and have been overweight for the last 10 years. Stress and dealing with it with Chocolate, fatty foods and things that gave me momentarily stress relief. I realized I could not be a role model teaching my patients to change their lifestyle when I was not doing the same. There was also mitigating factors but you feel like a big hypocrite with the adage "Do as I say not as I do" This is a good site. Good luck with your journey and medical career.
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Old 10-27-2013, 02:02 PM   #3
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Hi DrAsh!

Welcome, and congrats on taking this first step!

I avoid processed foods so I don't use weight loss shakes, but maybe someone who does will respond. If you are worried about side effects though, there are plenty of diets available that rely on food you prepare yourself and plenty of people here that can give you some advice.

Good luck!
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Old 10-27-2013, 06:00 PM   #4
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That's a valid point that I think many people over look; that weight loss shakes can have side effects and that they're not for everyone. A lot of them contain guarana which I can't have. But even the ones that don't have guarana in it I found still gave me a headache and made me constipated. Maybe research some healthy eating plans and find which one suits you. Sometimes just making a decision to cut out take away, sugary drinks and limit alcohol, while being more active can make a difference. Good luck with your studies!
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Old 10-28-2013, 12:13 AM   #5
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Hi Ash! I'm not sure why you have to resort to shakes because you can't exercise, but it sounds like you know these shakes may not be the best solution. You really don't have that much weight to lose according to the stats you provided, so if you are not on a time limit, why don't you just concentrate on eating a healthy diet, limiting portion size, and drinking more water? And I imagine you have plenty of walking to classes if you are on campus as a med student! I'm sure you want this to be a lifestyle change that will last, not just a temporary fix, so why not start making those changes now? Then you won't have to worry about side effects. Good luck! You can do this!
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I'm currently using "The Simple Diet" which uses shakes, entrees (such as frozen dinners) and at least 5 servings of fruit and vegetables.

The program (based on the book, The Simple by Dr. James Anderson and dietician Nancy Gustafson) is based on the HMR program which is the leading weight loss program used by hospital and medical school weight loss programs.

Dr. Anderson is a weight loss researcher and uses the program himself (he lost quite a bit, but I don't remember how much. It had to be 40 lbs or more, because I wouldn't have been impressed with less, having so much to lose myself).

Diets that use shakes and other meal replacements do not have to be unhealthy, as long as you're eating a wide variety of fruits and vegetables, taking in sufficient protein, and enough calories to avoid feeling weak and lethargic.

The Simple Diet guidelines address those issues and explains all the guidelines.
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Welcome to the forum Dr Ash.
I am an Intensive care nurse and have been overweight for the last 10 years. Stress and dealing with it with Chocolate, fatty foods and things that gave me momentarily stress relief. I realized I could not be a role model teaching my patients to change their lifestyle when I was not doing the same. There was also mitigating factors but you feel like a big hypocrite with the adage "Do as I say not as I do" This is a good site. Good luck with your journey and medical career.
Hello cleancowgirl. I'm so glad to have reconnected with another health-care professional.
Oh yes, I might not be a doctor yet but I do have four docs in my family, and I know it's not an easy job to be looking after people's health. Best of luck to you!
Thankyou so much, I'm going to need lots of prayers and luck!
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Thank you sooo much for your replies guys, I was out of town so I couldn't get back to y'all! Best of luck in achieving your goals! <3
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Hi DrAsh!

Welcome, and congrats on taking this first step!

I avoid processed foods so I don't use weight loss shakes, but maybe someone who does will respond. If you are worried about side effects though, there are plenty of diets available that rely on food you prepare yourself and plenty of people here that can give you some advice.

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Thank you so much tefrey. I agree, lets see! :-/
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That's a valid point that I think many people over look; that weight loss shakes can have side effects and that they're not for everyone. A lot of them contain guarana which I can't have. But even the ones that don't have guarana in it I found still gave me a headache and made me constipated. Maybe research some healthy eating plans and find which one suits you. Sometimes just making a decision to cut out take away, sugary drinks and limit alcohol, while being more active can make a difference. Good luck with your studies!
Hi happybug. I love your name! =)
I'll probably use a combination of shakes plus exercising. Lets see..!
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Hi Ash! I'm not sure why you have to resort to shakes because you can't exercise, but it sounds like you know these shakes may not be the best solution. You really don't have that much weight to lose according to the stats you provided, so if you are not on a time limit, why don't you just concentrate on eating a healthy diet, limiting portion size, and drinking more water? And I imagine you have plenty of walking to classes if you are on campus as a med student! I'm sure you want this to be a lifestyle change that will last, not just a temporary fix, so why not start making those changes now? Then you won't have to worry about side effects. Good luck! You can do this!
Hello Jacqui_D. Thank you so much for such a 'colorful' greeting.
I do agree with you, and I'll give what you said a thought. I hope I'm able to reach a healthy decision. Best of luck to you, hope you reach your goals soon and healthily.
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I'm currently using "The Simple Diet" which uses shakes, entrees (such as frozen dinners) and at least 5 servings of fruit and vegetables.

The program (based on the book, The Simple by Dr. James Anderson and dietician Nancy Gustafson) is based on the HMR program which is the leading weight loss program used by hospital and medical school weight loss programs.

Dr. Anderson is a weight loss researcher and uses the program himself (he lost quite a bit, but I don't remember how much. It had to be 40 lbs or more, because I wouldn't have been impressed with less, having so much to lose myself).

Diets that use shakes and other meal replacements do not have to be unhealthy, as long as you're eating a wide variety of fruits and vegetables, taking in sufficient protein, and enough calories to avoid feeling weak and lethargic.

The Simple Diet guidelines address those issues and explains all the guidelines.
Thank you so for your comment, Kaplods. Fruits + Vegetables are a dieter's best companion. All the best to you!
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