Peel off pounds, lose inches and feel fabulous in your own skin! The Doctors shows you how to start losing weight today.
How Fat Affects Your Body
Endocrinologist Dr. Katja Van Herle explains how hormones influence weight gain, and E.R physician Dr. Travis Stork goes inside an overweight body to demonstrate how obesity affects your health.
Obesity can not only lead to clogged arteries and heart disease, but Dr. Travis explains that carrying extra weight can actually put physical pressure on your vital organs, forcing them to work harder than they should, and put stress on the joints, making people who are overweight more prone to arthritis. Additionally, fat around the neck can block your airway and cause obstructive sleep apnea.
Obese people have also been shown to suffer from brain atrophy and reduced blood flow throughout the body. This can lead to massive swelling of the extremities and heart failure.
“But, here is what’s so key,” Dr. Travis says. “If you lose all that weight, these [conditions] are reversible. So, right here, right now you need to make a commitment to losing weight.”
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Weight and Fertility
Chloe, 25, says that her gynecologist diagnosed her with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), and is afraid it is causing fertility problems. She and her husband have been trying to conceive for two years, resulting in two miscarriages and excessive weight gain. Chloe reaches out to OB/GYN Dr. Lisa Masterson to ask why she’s gained so much weight and find out if she will ever be able to have a baby.
“The miscarriages and weight gain took a toll on my life, on everything,” Chloe says. “I’m just scared and confused about this because eventually I do want a family.”
Dr. Lisa explains that PCOS is an imbalance of female sex hormones that affects one in five women. The pituitary gland, located at the base of the brain, produces luteinizing hormones (LH) that direct the function of the ovaries. In those suffering PCOS, however, the pituitary gland may release abnormally high amounts of LH, disrupting ovulation and possibly leading to infertility. Women with PCOS often show excessive testosterone levels, which can lead to acne and abnormal hair growth on the face and stomach. A connection has also been shown between PCOS and abnormal insulin levels, which may explain weight gain, though it has not been determined that PCOS is the actual cause.
Currently, there is no cure for PCOS, but it may be controlled with weight loss and treated with medications such as Lupron and insulin.
“[Diminishing] the effects of PCOS is within your control,” health and wellness expert Jillian Michaels says. “I went through PCOS as a kid, and many different women I’ve worked with have it. [Learning the right way to] diet and exercise will have a dramatic impact on how [PCOS] affects you.”
Fitness expert Basheera Ahmad says that three out of four pregnant women don’t get enough exercise. New studies show that women who work out during pregnancy have lower rates of gestational diabetes and hypertension, and doing so can even give your baby a healthier heart!
More Weight Loss Methods
Whether it’s a book, a wrap or a state-of-the-art gadget, there are a number ways to help you tone and tighten your physique. But remember, these methods work best along with a healthy diet and exercise.
Healthy and Tasty!
Break out your food processor! Certified nutritionist Cynthia Pasquella shares her recipe for a healthy, plant-based avocado pesto pasta sauce.
Avocado Pesto Pasta
1/3 cup fresh basil
1/2 cup pine nuts
3 cloves garlic
1/2 cup olive oil
Blend all ingredients in a food processor and pour the entire mixture over whole wheat pasta.
Keep Your Child’s Weight in Check
Pediatrician Dr. Jim Sears answers viewer questions about children and weight loss.
Becca writes on Facebook: When I went back to my full time job, it seemed my 9-year-old gained a lot of weight. Is there a connection?
“If she’s missing you, then there might some comfort eating there,” Dr. Sears says. “Make sure you do things together, like go grocery shopping together, cooking together and being active together.”
“Get your little one into a sport they enjoy,” Jillian adds. “For me, it was martial arts, but it could be gymnastics. It could be dance. It’s a great way to boost confidence as well.”
@Anag124 tweets: Other kids at school are lifting weights, but is it safe for my 10-year-old?
“We don’t call it weight lifting; it’s strength training,” Dr. Sears says. “Trying to lift as much weight as possible can damage immature muscles and hurt growth plates. But strength training focuses on technique, and doesn’t require that much weight. Children can weight train with 5-pound weights with one day of rest in between sessions.
“Kids can start strength training at about 8 years old,” he adds.
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