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Tired of Being Fat

Tired of Being Fat

Q: I have been overweight all my life. I have been trying to lose weight without much happening. I walk a minimum of 1/2 hour a day, eat healthy, drink plenty of water and think positive thoughts. What else can I do? Is there some magic solution to weight loss or what?? Please let me know so I can lose this awful weight. I am SICK of being fat!! Thank you!!

A: The struggle to lose weight is a burden that many deal with, and it is so disheartening when you seem to be doing all the “right” things and nothing is happening.

Since this is a lifelong problem, I would want to make certain that there was no physical reason that you are having so much trouble losing weight. Has your doctor checked your thyroid function (other symptoms would include always feeling cold, thin hair, depression, fatigue and constipation) to see if you have hypothryoid? Or have you been tested for polycystic ovarian syndrome? If you haven’t already, then these would be discussions to bring up at your next doctor’s appointment.

You also need to examine whether there are emotional issues surrounding food that you are not paying attention to. You could still be overeating (consuming more calories than you need) even if you are eating only healthy foods. Even healthy foods have calories!

You should also assess your exercise routine. While you may be active in a planned way for 30 minutes a day–which is an excellent starting point–you may not be getting your body revved up enough to burn those extra calories that you need to burn. The duration and intensity of exercise needed to lose weight is different from that needed to show improvement in cardiovascular health.

Learn more:
Develop a weight loss action plan
How to start a food journal
How to break bad eating habits
Master your metabolism

Dr. Brent Ridge is the health expert for Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia. You can call and ask him a question live every Tuesday at 2 p.m. Eastern on Sirius Satellite Radio, Channel 112 (1.866.675.6675). You can also follow along as he learns to grow his own food and raise goats on his farm in upstate New York by visiting

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As an undergraduate, Dr. Brent Ridge majored in public health and environmental science, studying the way the state of the natural environment impacts our health choices. As a physician, he specializes in the field of aging. Send your health questions to Dr. Brent at


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11:06AM PDT on Sep 4, 2012

If you can find the book "Dieting makes you fat", it has the most comsense advise on weight loss. It started me on the weight loss road. 50 lbs. lost and counting!

3:25PM PDT on Sep 3, 2012

Thanks for the post

12:57PM PDT on Sep 3, 2012

Nekad izgubim nekad ne,glavno je da se više ne zamaram sa glupim djetama koje
čine više loše nego dobro,i da osjećam se dobro u svojoj koži i živo me zaboli šta
ko misli o meni ili o mom izgledu.

12:28PM PDT on Sep 3, 2012

Thank you

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4:49PM PDT on Mar 29, 2010

Your energy expenditure (how many calories you burn) should be greater than your energy intake (how many calories you consume) to lose weight. Trust me...I've been there.

5:51PM PST on Feb 26, 2010

Im drinking metformin glucophage every after meals...Its effective..and I am also using elisa kit to help me lose weight with regular exercise..

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6:09PM PST on Feb 23, 2010

great article, it is very hard to lose weight.This healthy living sight was helpful THANK YOU!!

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