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  • Defintely a good idea! However, here in Ontario, the government stopped paying for vitamin D tests. You can pay for them but my doctor has said that most people are deficient and taking a supplement is probably a good idea. I know that a few years back, when I had my blood checked, the only thing that showed up abnormal…
  • This has happened to me before. When I was doing long, difficult workouts, I would bring some gatorade to the gym with me otherwise I would get very faint and nauseated. It's related somehow to low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) probably due to extended exercise. Usually having something with some sugar in it will alleviate…
  • The medical name for this is orthostatic hypotension. As you've mentioned, it generally occurs when changing position (especially from lying down to standing up). Additional info from the Mayo Clinic here: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/orthostatic-hypotension/DS00997
  • Definitely agree! Hated, hated, hated (did I say hate enough times?) gym class. Thankfully I only had to take it for one year in high school. I had 4 different teachers for that 1 class and my mark would vary wildly from one teacher to the next (depending on their preferences - for example, at first we had the football…
  • Also agree with this... the time when you take the medication can have an effect... discuss with your doctor what options you may have. For me, I have found that taking them in the morning works best for me but everyone is different!
  • As others have already said, the effects of the medication are very specific to the person. For myself, I am on both Effexor and Wellbutrin... I didn't gain weight when I started them and I'm currently losing weight at about 1.5-2 lbs per week. However, I did gain weight when I took Paxil mailnly because it was making me…
  • Yes, fat is not only used for energy storage but also used structurally (cell membranes for example), for insulation and padding, both thermal and electrical, and for solubilizing essential fat soluble vitamins, as well as a source of fatty acids needed for proper organ function.
  • Because it's worried that things will get even worse... Certainly it will use some or most of it but, at very low body fat %, it would likely start cannibalizing muscle (to use as a source of energy and also greatly reduce calorie requirements) before getting rid of the remainder of the fat... I'm not an expert on human…
  • Mine seems to be reasonably accurate... I don't complete my journal every day though so I only see it once in a while. Most of the time, if I'm near balancing my calories for the day, it gives me a predicted value that is about 1 lb/week. However, I've been losing at about 2 lbs per week so, in my case, it is…
  • As others have mentioned, just make sure you aren't putting too much pressure on your knees from peddling too hard... I had some knee issues a few years ago because my cadence was too low and was putting too much pressure on my knees. Try to aim for a cadence of 80-90 revolutions per minute. It might be a bit faster than…
  • This is actually somewhat dependent on culture. A friend of mine kept telling me to go to Eastern Europe or Latin America and I'd get a girlfriend right away... Here, in North America, some of my female friends have been very clear that they would never go out with anyone that wasn't at least several inches taller. They…
  • According to a Dr Oz website, potassium is an essential enzyme???? "Potassium is an essential enzyme for the body's growth and maintenance tasked with managing the normal water balance between cells..." Had to re-read it a few times to make sure I was reading it right... Not really sure if I would believe anything on that…
  • Not all guys eat lots of fat and drink lots of beer... I was eating healthy before counting calories but wasn't losing weight (wasn't gaining weight either though). Personally, I actually really enjoy logging my calories... even when I wasn't, I was keeping mental track of approximately how many calories where in the food…
  • True. But in case anyone is converting from calories to joules or vice-versa, it is important to note that the calories we talk about in food and fitness are actually kilocalories. That is to say that 1 food calorie = 1000 'real' calories. I suppose that somewhere along the line the 'kilo' bit got dropped out so now people…
  • A friend of mine who was a nurse in Germany said that they made their patients eat a bit very dark chocolate (not sure if this is true or not but that's what she said). I've tried it and it does seem to help with regularity! And even if it was just placebo effect, at least it tastes good!
  • Until I was a teen, I wouldn't go for periods up to 3 weeks... extremely painful of course. I would throw myself on my bed on hug my pillow as my body 'convulsed' from the contractions. But of course, as it was painful to go, I would put it off further and the problem would get worse until eventually I had no choice...…
  • I normally don't look at the other nutrients except that I decided to check them all out individually today just to see if there was anything surprising! I was only worried about it since it seemed dramatically off from the recommended amount. The average was less than 1 g per day. However, it was only because many of the…
  • Hmmm.... Just realized that it might be because some of the foods from the database are missing how much potassium they actually have in them. For example, milk and yoghurt are showing 0 mg potassium even though I believe these are high in potassium.
  • According to Health Canada (http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/fn-an/nutrition/sodium/index-eng.php), the recommended amount of sodium is 1500 mg per day up to 2300 mg as the upper limit. Of course, these are just suggestions so, as an example, if you drink lots and lots of water, you may need somewhat more sodium to replace the…
    in sodium Comment by sigma54 July 2012
  • I love milk (1%) especially with cereal... I find it really hard not to eat too much milk and cereal!
  • A combination of factors: -Was never thin even as a child (slow metabolism, preferred watching others rather than being active) -Sleeping too much -Chronic depression -Medication for anxiety/depression -Probably the thing that was responsible the most for my initial weight gain was anxiety and panic attacks especially in…
  • You are correct... but the ketone bodies, that can be derived from fatty acids, are only used in 'starvation' mode when glucose levels are low... they are a secondary source of energy and not preferred - so I guess it depends on how 'happy' you want your neurons to be ;-) Gluconeogenesis can also occur in the liver but…
  • You do need to eat something... you need at least some carbohydrates/sugar since this is the only fuel your brain can use. You do have some carbohydrate storage but not enough to last very long.
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