I am a 22 year old female and need help losing weight?

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I run and do abs but I still cant seem to lose weight. Is there any diet pills effective? I also am on medication for anxiety so I don’t know if there is any pills that would be safe for me.

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Answer 1:

here are no safe diet pills for anyone.

Plain and simple, diet pills are either ineffective or unsafe (and always expensive)

There are 4 simple steps to losing weight, that should be done together to get the best results:

Step 1: Stop drinking EVERYTHING except for water. To calculate how much water you should be drinking take your weight in pounds, and divide it in half (ex. 150 lbs/2=75). That’s the number of ounces of water you should drink per day. The is the MINIMUM amount, more is better.

Step 2: Stop eating all processed foods. Pure and simple, eat only fresh products, i.e. fruits and veggies, and lean meats.

Step 3: Figure out HOW MUCH you should be eating. Use the following equation for daily calorie intake:
BMR
Women: BMR = 655 + ( 4.35 x weight in pounds ) + ( 4.7 x height in inches ) – ( 4.7 x age in years )
Men: BMR = 66 + ( 6.23 x weight in pounds ) + ( 12.7 x height in inches ) – ( 6.8 x age in year )
Harris Benedict Equation
1. Sedentary (little or no exercise) : BMR x 1.2
2. Lightly active (light exercise/sports 1-3 days/week) : BMR x 1.375
3. Moderately active (moderate exercise 3-5 days/week) : BMR x 1.55
4. Very active (hard exercise/sports 6-7 days a week) BMR x 1.725
5. Extra active (very hard exercise/sports & physical job or 2x training) : BMR x 1.9

This tells you how much to eat– again, fill these calories with fresh fruits, vegetables, and lean meats such as chicken and fish.

Step 4. Exercise at least 60-90 min 4-6x per week (this puts you at level 3 for the formula above). Any kind of cardio training that gets your heart rate up will do– running, swimming, dancing, jumping rope– whatever. Then, as you lose weight and get in better shape, you can add in strength training to tone your body to look the way you want.

I say they’re SIMPLE– not EASY. There’s a huge difference, while the concepts are simple, actually following them is difficult. But the stricter you can follow these guide lines, the more success you’ll be able to have. 

Good luck!

P.S. if you ever need help or motivation, feel free to e-mail me.

Answer 2:

Make sure you work closely with your doctor before you take any additional medications (e.g. diet pills). Personally, I do not think diet pills are a good long-term solution to lose weight. It does not address the issue or problem- which is usually an issue of proper diet and regular exercise.

I would recommend that you think about developing lean muscle mass for long-term weight loss and overall physical fitness level. Since you like running, you may want to consider doing interval training on a treadmill. You want to increase the intensity for a shorter duration. Here is how you would do a interval training on the treadmill: 2 minute warm-up at moderate pace, 1 minute faster pace, 1 minute at a very fast pace, 2 minutes at a faster pace….(you can figure out your routine…but do not afraid to go fast). You will only need to go for 15 minutes (no longer than 20 minutes). You want to be engaging in your intervals- what that means you are not watching television or reading a book during the exercise. You will feel a difference because of the concept called Excess post-exercise oxygen consumption (EPOC). You will be burning calories after your workout (e.g. breathing a bit heavier after the execise is done). This does not happen with regular aerobic (at a single speed).

For weight training, you can try to use free weights or dumb bells. You can do weighted single lunges, squat presses, etc. Try also body weight exercises such as push-ups, pull-ups, lunges, etc.

Good luck. This is just a start.

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