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Charles asks…

Herbal pills to lose weight are they good?

My manager is going on herbal pills that are directly from the Philippines, he says it makes you lose weight in 2 weeks time. Are herbal pills good for you or do they have side effects on your body?

weight loss cardiff answers:


No good whatsoever, no pills can substitute for exercise and diet.

The spammers here as BSing you.

Thomas asks…

How to lose weight in about 2 weeks?

School is coming back soon in about 2 weeks and I wanted to lose some weight before it comes. Is there anything I can do.

weight loss cardiff answers:

I lost 80 pounds do this in 8 weeks. Eat apples. Here are some helpful tips.

Apples are known to keep the doctor away, but recent studies have shown that three apples a day can also help you lose weight. The effectiveness of three apples a day was first noticed by dietitian Tammi Flynn who advised her clients to have an apple at mealtimes. This enabled her clients to break the weight loss plateau even when their diet and lifestyle wasn’t changed.

Why Whole Fruit is Better
Apples are a good source of vitamins, minerals and fiber and they are low in fat, sodium and calories. They can make you feel full for longer as the fiber they contain expands in the stomach. Hence, you require less food to satisfy your hunger. Apples should therefore be eaten just before every meal. The fiber is contained in the skin so you should ensure that you always eat unpeeled apples for greater health benefits.

Advantages of Eating Apples
Apples contain high levels of antioxidants and minerals, and low levels of sodium. Thus, they help prevent water retention in the body. They also help to detoxify the body by flushing out excess water from the body. Most importantly, apples are low on the hypoglycemic index. This means that consuming apples doesn’t increase your blood sugar. Instead, apples help to keep your blood sugar levels under control. Apples are also good for the heart as they contain high concentrations of pectin. Pectin keeps blood cholesterol under control by drawing the cholesterol out of the blood stream. Apples and apple sauce have been associated with better lung function and apple extracts have also been known to reduce the growth rate of breast cancer, but it’s best, in general, to eat apples in their raw form.

It’s better to eat the fruit rather than drink the juice or have apple sauce because the juice and the sauce don’t contain as much fiber, vitamins or minerals as the fruit. Juices and sauces also contain added sugar and preservatives, and are more harmful than beneficial for your health. You must ensure that you rinse apples with water before eating them, as supermarkets generally wax apples to make them look attractive.

Here are some tips to losing weight:
If you want to lose weight and keep the weight off, it’s not enough to reduce your diet. You’ll have to exercise as well. If you’re not used to exercise, start by walking for 30 minutes a day, then if you can manage that, gradually increase the time and your speed.

Give up drinking alcohol.

Avoid diet drinks such as Diet Coke and Diet 7up. They have no calories, but they taste as if they do, so your body will become confused. Drink mineral water when you are thirsty, with a little orange juice or apple juice added if you don’t like the taste or water.

Eat lots of vegetables with protein every day and reduce the amount of meat you eat.

Susan asks…


I’m just wondering if I was to drink slimming world milkshake with low fat milk for my breakfast, diner and tea for 2 weeks. Would I lose weight? I really need to lose a few pounds before my engagement party. Also any tips on losing weight?

weight loss cardiff answers:

That won’t help you. I’m sure the rest of what you eat with your milkshakes is pure crap. And the milkshakes are packed with sugars because they’re low fat, so no you won’t lose weight. You’ll probably even gain weight.

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Lisa asks…

How do i incorporate weight training with my cardio training?

I have been using cardio equipment and exercise DVD’s for the past 8 months and have lost a total of 65 pounds. Two months have gone by and i am still doing the same type of workout but have peaked and have only lost 5 pounds in those two months. I have heard that introducing a weight program accelerates the weight loss. I do the cardio and DVD’s 5 days a week for an hour a day. I want to know what is the best way to get started with the weight training and how I should break down the weekly routine. I have bought my own weight set and bench with all of the plates and dumbbells. Any and all serious answers would be appreciated.

weight loss cardiff answers:

Weight training is certainly a good thing to incorporate into your regime to get over a weight loss plateau. I would suggest that you meet with a trainer for a weight program specific to your goals, especially if you haven’t done any weight training. Ideally you should bring the trainer into your home so he/she can see your new equipment. If meeting with a trainer is out of the question, I suggest you read up on proper form before you start. You can do more damage than good if you don’t use the proper technique. Especially if you’re using free weights (i.e. Dumbells). The easiest way to start a weight lifting program is to use machines designed to force the proper form (such as Hammerstrength and Nautillus).

Assuming you know the proper form and function based on your new equipment, you should shape your routine around your goals. If weight loss is your primary goal then you’re going to want to incorporate light weights and a high number of repetitions (or “reps”). For example, if you’re doing squats, you should set up a light weight (which varies by sex, fit level and other factors) and do three sets of fifteen to twenty reps. You should feel “weak” but you should not go to the point of muscle failure.

The only other recommendation I have for you is to try pilates or yoga as well. I have a friend who hit a weight loss plateau and then lost an additional 30 lbs by incorporating pilates into her workout. It is very low impact but surprisingly difficult.

Good luck!

Maria asks…

What is the best way to loose weight fast?

Okay i know weight loss isn’t supposed to be easy or fast. But if you were to have an important get to gether (or something) in a week or two, what is a good way to loose noticable weight??

weight loss cardiff answers:

Hi vbplayer,

If your really looking to lose weight within a week or two then you need to get into gear and get to work. Dont worry, im not talking about anything to extreme here. Im just talking about a few key things:

-If you do not exercise you need to start. You need to run at least a half mile per day 5 days per week. Ideally you should run a mile per day 5 days per week, but what ever you can handle.

-Make sure you start your day with Quaker Oatmeal as it supresses your hunger. If your hungry like I am this really helps. Its also full of fiber and whole grain which are good for you.

-Drink Green tea as it also supresses your hunger and is good for you.

-stay awaway from complex carbs, junk foods and all fast food.

-eat at least 3-6 times per day, but make your meals very small (around 300 calories each). Make sure you only eat lean meat, veggies, fruits and low fat foods.

-Start working out right away, the more muscle you have on you the more fat you burn. I suggest you lift heavy one day, light the next, heavy the next etc. You might want to even go with every other day as I know I build muscle quicker doing this.

Bottom line is eat several small healthy meals per day, run, workout and eat foods that supress your hunger. If you have any medical conditions please consult your doctor before doing this though.

I might also add that starving yourself will actually make you gain weight. It slows down your matobolism and you will gain weight or stay the same for the first week. The only way you lose weight with starvation is if you are truely starving, but you then build it back double sadly. If your body thinks you are starving then it prepares for the next time you “starve” to keep you alive longer. That makes sense right?

All in all I hope this info helps you lose weight. I also wish you good luck. Talk to you later 🙂

Richard asks…

How do I maintain my weight after losing it?

Okay so i was on a fairly healthy diet and lost 20 pounds in two months. (i just checked the scale yesterday) The weight loss was hard, but the harder thing is probably how to maintain the weight. Do I continue to do strenous exercise like before and eat like a bird?

weight loss cardiff answers:

Congrats on your weight loss, that is pretty significant! And you are exactly right, maintaining your current weight is the hard/fun part.

If you lost weight with the intention of getting healthy, remember your intention every day of your life going forward. This will help you make healthy food choices. You don’t have to be as restrictive as your were, but you obviously can’t go back to how you were eating before you lost the weight. If you feel good now, ask yourself if (eating an ice cream sundae/drinking a 6 pack/having a bowl of pasta every night) will help you maintain this good feeling? The answer is pretty easy.

When people do strenuous exercise as a means to weight loss, they almost always gain their weight back when they stop. That is why nutrition should be the primary means to weight loss.

Calculate your daily calorie needs. This number will tell you how many calories your body needs to maintain your weight for the amount of activity you do. You can adjust the amount of exercise to be less, but realize the number of calories you need will be less so you do have to eat less, sorry!

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Maria asks…

How do I break through a weight loss plateau?

I’m having some issues with a plateau I’ve hit. I can’t seam to break through it. My weight loss was going great but now I’m stuck. I’ve already lost about 20 lbs but the last 10 are just stubborn. Any tips?

weight loss cardiff answers:

This is a problem that many people come across when they’re trying to lose weight. Whenever you hit a weight loss plateau, this is a sign that your body has acclimated to your diet and/or exercise routine.

This is a problem that many people come across with dieting and weight loss. Whenever you start to plateau it’s a sign that your body has acclimated to your diet and exercise routine.

Essentially your body is burning calories more efficiently. In order to break through a weight loss plateau you need to change things up. An example would be try increasing your intensity levels when you workout. For your diet you could try going on a low carb diet for 2 weeks then go back to your regular diet.

Anyone who is trying to lose weight will eventually hit a weight loss plateau if they aren’t changing up the things they are doing.

I’ll leave you some ehow links below that talk about weight loss plateaus and how you can speed up your metabolism.

Hope that helps and good luck.

Sandra asks…

What would you buy on a weight loss site?

I am trying to make some extra money and my weight loss website will launch in December. I am wondering what type of things people would buy. Someone suggested a weight loss bracelet someone else said I should sell healthy foods I make at home, any other ideas?

weight loss cardiff answers:

A weight loss product from ClickBank. That would be so cool!

Sharon asks…

What weight loss supplement is the most effective?

My boyfriend is about to begin a weight loss supplement to help give him a boost and work on managing his weight. Which ones would be recommended? We are looking at Garcinia Cambogia, healthe’ trim (original formula), raspberry keytones, and coffee bean I believe it is? They are all a product of healthe’ trim. I am looking for the most safe and effective, price is not an issue! Thank you!

weight loss cardiff answers:

If he want to really manage his weight then he should exercise on daily bases.
I heard that conjugated linolenic acid, or CLA also useful for weight loss. You can try this.

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Paul asks…

How many miles do I need to run in a single cardio workout and How many times a week?

How many miles do I need to run in a single cardio workout or how many calories do I need to burn in a single workout to ensure proper weight loss. I am looking to lose upto 20 pounds the healthy way.
Also is it ok to combine cardio and strength training in the same session?? How many mins of each shuld b done and what shoul b the frequency.

weight loss cardiff answers:

Please see “Physical Activity Calorie Calculators” source link below.

The following healthy living recommendations will help you if you’re trying to lose weight, tone up your muscles, have aspirations of building lean muscle mass, are attempting to get a wash board stomach, or just want to feel better:

*1) Burn more calories then you’re consuming everyday and measure your results using the following formula: Calories Consumed minus Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR) minus Physical Activity minus the Thermic Effect of Food (TEF). A website that explains this formula in more detail and will help you determine how many calories you need to reach or maintain a certain weight is at

Get an online, desktop, or cell phone diet and fitness calculator. This will allow you to easily calculate the above formula, set goals, log your daily calorie consumption, and register your physical activities.

Set realistic goals for your ideal body weight. Here are two websites that will calculate a suggested body weight:

It is difficult and unhealthy to lose more than one or two pounds per week. There are 3,500 calories in a pound. If you eat 500 fewer calories per day for a week you will lose one pound. If you burn through exercise 500 more calories per day for a week you will lose one pound.

Here are two articles on how to break through a weight loss plateau:

*2) Eat natural and organic foods found on earth versus something created by a corporation to make money. Eat meals in small portions throughout the day and take a good multi-vitamin supplement.

Do not try fad diets or diet pills. Avoid “High Glycemic Load Carbs” (sugar, pastries, desserts, refined starches such as breads, pasta, refined grains like white rice; high starch vegetables such as potatoes) and drink lots of water. Read this article for more information on high GL Carbs:

The following are food pyramids and several articles on what you should eat everyday:
Food Pyramids:
Antioxidant Superstars – Vegetables and Beans:
Antioxidant Loaded Fruits:
Good Carbs Mean Better Weight:
The Benefits of Protein:
Some Fats Are Good For You:
Antioxidants in Green and Black Tea:
What You Should Eat Daily:
Best Foods to Fight off Disease and Keep You Healthy:

*3) Perform cardiovascular, core, and/or strength training on most days. Read a book or find a certified trainer to make sure you’re doing all exercises correctly.

The following is a website and numerous articles on cardiovascular, core, and strength training:
Exercise Prescription on the Net
Starting an Exercise Program:
Strength Training Basics:
Cardiovascular Machine Workouts:
Balance Your Way to a Stronger Body:
Understanding Your Training Heart Rate:
Exercise Errors:
Getting a Flat Stomach:
Weight Lifting – Does Order Matter:
Encouraging Exercise in Your Kids:
Strength Training Safe and Effective for Kids:

*4) Get plenty of sleep. Sleep experts say most adults need between seven and nine hours of sleep each night for optimum performance, health, and safety.

*5) Educate yourself continually on health issues and make a life long commitment to good health. A great free publication is “Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2005”. A reputable test you can take to measure your biological age is at
Look at all areas where you can enhance your health. For example, make improvements in the quality of the air you breathe. Review outdoor air quality forecasts where you live and get an indoor air purifier.

Send me an email or yahoo instant message to “gainbetterhealth” if you have any questions and good luck!

*Click on all the source links below to get the full benefit of the recommendations. The answers presented to your health questions are not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health providers with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

Susan asks…

How many calories should I eat per day if I’m trying to lose weight?

Pretty straight forward question,
If I’m trying to lose weight,
roughly how many calories should I be eating per day for optimal weight loss?

weight loss cardiff answers:

It all depends on your gender, height, age, and weight. You can find multiple calorie needs calculators online but you must take these and experiment. Everyone’s body varies in the amount needed. Some people have faster metabolisms than others. Here are some sites that offer a calorie calculator. Once you guesstimate how many your body requires you must subtract an amount depending on how fast you want to lose weight. To lose 1 pound in a week you must subtract around 500 calories from your required caloric needs.

They will all be a little different… You must experiment with the numbers… Also, these sites can list calorie needs higher than necessary.

“There are approximately 3500 calories in a pound of stored body fat. So, if you create a 3500-calorie deficit through diet, exercise or a combination of both, you will lose one pound of body weight. (On average 75% of this is fat, 25% lean tissue) If you create a 7000 calorie deficit you will lose two pounds and so on. The calorie deficit can be achieved either by calorie-restriction alone, or by a combination of fewer calories in (diet) and more calories out (exercise). This combination of diet and exercise is best for lasting weight loss. Indeed, sustained weight loss is difficult or impossible without increased regular exercise.

If you want to lose fat, a useful guideline for lowering your calorie intake is to reduce your calories by at least 500, but not more than 1000 below your maintenance level. For people with only a small amount of weight to lose, 1000 calories will be too much of a deficit. As a guide to minimum calorie intake, the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) recommends that calorie levels never drop below 1200 calories per day for women or 1800 calories per day for men. Even these calorie levels are quite low.”

Good luck!

Donald asks…

How much weight can I realistically expect to lose in 8 weeks?

I just stepped on the scale this morning and was shocked at the number! (which was 175) I was thinking that I weighed in the 165 range. = ( Anyway, I am going on vacation in mid March and would like to lose a bit of weight. I’m 5’5… what is a realisitc goal for me in 8 weeks? Any suggestions on how to kick start the weight loss? Thanks guys!

weight loss cardiff answers:

Find daily calorie intake calculator on the net, enter all your stats and it will tell you how many calories you need a day to maintain, take off 400-600cal off that number and thats how much you need to lose.
Eat 5-6 small meals a day (eat every 2-3 hours – it optimizes your metabolism)
5-8 servings of fruit and veggies a day (have lots of veggies to eat in between meals if you are still hungry)
8 glasses of water -carry bottle of water with you and when you feel hungry drink it – we often confuse hunger with thirst (our bodies confuse it)
have complex carbs for breakfast – they give you energy
have protein (lean meat, legumes etc) for dinner – repairs muscle
cardio is the only fat burning exercise and burns fat all over your body (running, jogging, swimming, spinning, elliptical etc) 4-6 times a week for average of 45min, light weight training a few times a week (more muscle=faster metabolism)
dont consume foods that are made of white flour (white bread, cakes, pasta etc.), sugar loaded foods (cookies, ice cream, candy etc) and nothing fried, oily.
Of course you can spoil yourself once in a while with a little treat:)
use for tracking your intake

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