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Fat - Is It Possible To Lose It From Specific Places?

Dr. Vikram Gidwani 91% (57 ratings)
General Physician, Chittorgarh
Fat - Is It Possible To Lose It From Specific Places?

It is often a misconception that you can lose fat from a specific place. If you lose fat from the body, then the fat loss would be from the entire body and won’t be restricted to a specific area of your body. Exercise and diet combined together form an effective tool which you can use to lose fat from your entire body.

The fat in the body is stored in the form of triglycerides, which the body cannot break down for energy. The triglycerides are first broken down to glycerol and fatty acids, which are then released into the bloodstream, following which they can be used as energy. 

Initially the body uses the available carbohydrates present in the blood for energy; fat is only used as fuel after the carbohydrates supply is exhausted. Hence, prolonged steady state exercise, such as jogging for 50-60 minutes is an efficient method of burning fat. Another strategy you may employ to lose fat from your body is by a method called high intensity interval training. 

High intensity interval training (HIIT) is increasingly becoming the new fad in fat loss. This method utilizes a concept where you do an exercise at full thrust for a short time of 20-30 seconds followed by a short rest period of 10-15 seconds; this comprises of one set. Repeat for another 9 to 10 sets for a proper HIIT workout. The idea is to burn energy during the exercise and after the exercise is complete.

The exercises in HIIT are done at full throttle which means your heart rate centers around an anaerobic zone and this creates an oxygen shortage in the body. An effect called EPOC (excess post-exercise oxygen consumption) is induced in the body that results in an elevated metabolism for up to 24-48 hours after the workout. So you would be burning fat simply by doing nothing.

The fat loss process occurs when the fat cells around the body shrink. Doing body specific exercise such as crunches to lose fat from the stomach does not work and will only work the muscle underneath the fat. It is better to focus on compound exercises that involve the entire body to burn more calories and lose fat from the body. In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Wrinkle Removal and Skin Tightening Treatments!

Dr. Pankaj Chaturvedi 88% (10 ratings)
Dermatologist, Delhi
Wrinkle Removal and Skin Tightening Treatments!

The quality of a person’s skin says a lot about their age. As the years go by, your skin loses its elasticity and firmness and wrinkles and fine lines become increasingly prominent. Everyone wants to look younger and boast of the skin they once had but not everyone wants to undergo cosmetic surgery for the same. Thankfully, there are a number of noninvasive techniques that can help tighten skin and reduce wrinkles.

Botox Injections
Botox or botulinum injections are one of the most popular ways to erase fine line, crow’s feet, and wrinkles. This is extracted from botulinum bacteria and can be used on the forehead, around the eyes, cheeks, and neck. The injection is relatively pain-free and takes only a few minutes but its effects are temporary. The results become apparent 3 to 7 days after the injection and to maintain your look, you will need to take the injections every 3 to 6 months.

Chemical Peels
This involves the use of an acid solution that removes the top layer of dead cells from the skin. It can be used to address fine lines, wrinkles, sun spots etc. There are many different types of chemical peels that may be used depending on the extent of treatment required. Chemical peels should be only applied in a certified dermatologist’s clinic.

Microdermabrasion is a non-surgical technique that exfoliates the top layer of skin with tiny crystals. In doing so, it helps treat fine lines, acne and tightens the skin. The effects of microdermabrasion are subtle and you may need up to ten sessions to see a noticeable difference.


intragenic is a skin treatment method that utilizes the radio frequency device. This method works very well for the purposes of skin toning, tightening and rejuvenation. As it works on radio frequency method, it penetrates the deepest layer of the dermis and remodels the existing collagen. Moreover, it also stimulates neo-collagen and effectively tones and tightens the skin.

HiFu is a non-invasive method of skin treatment that uses the ultrasound to tighten, tone and also lift the sagging skin on the face. it is also called “non surgical facelift” or skin tightening by some experts and people. This method works best for aged people who are worried about their loosening and sagging skin due to age or any other reasons.

Nonablative Laser
This type of laser therapy is ideal for people who want to improve their skin tone and texture. It can also be used to treat brown patches on the skin. Without damaging the outer layer, it stimulates collagen production and makes the skin firmer and tighter. For the results to be visible, 4 to 6 sessions may be needed.

Light Therapy
Like lasers, intense pulsed light therapy can be used to address the dermis. This form of treatment involves directing short pulses of light at the dermis that destroy cells and aid in renewing the skin. Along with treating redness and patches, it also stimulates collagen to increase the skin’s elasticity. In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Dandruff: Embrassing, Isn't it?

Dr. Kalpana Gautam 89% (45 ratings)
Homeopathy, BHMS, Msc dietitics & food service management, PG DHA
Homeopath, Delhi
Dandruff: Embrassing, Isn't it?

Many of us have faced this situation once in life. Dandruff is a medical condition that can grab anyone no matter gender, age or race. While dandruff can be embarrassing at times, it usually doesn’t indicate any serious health condition or an unhygienic state. It is generally worsened in the winter and fall.

Quick tips:

  • Scrub your head will help in removing old skin flakes.
  • Wash your head with special shampoos having anti-fungal or anti-bacterial properties such as head, shoulders (contain zinc pyrithione that slows down the growth of yeast), neutrogena t/sal (has salicylic acid that lessens dandruff), neutrogena t/gel (has coal tar that slows down skin cells death) may help you.
  • Shampoos having ketoconazole, selenium sulfide, zinc pyrithione, coal tar, salicylic acids and tea-tree oil helps in impeding or eliminating dandruff.
  • Always read the instructions before using any shampoo to check if it's suitable for you and also see how often it should be applied.

I have prescribed my patients anti-dandruff arnica shampoo (homeopathic shampoo) and find its result notable.

  • Getting the perfect shampoo for your dandruff may take some experiment, so try these shampoos for a month to see if your dandruff improves. You might need to experiment with more than one shampoo to find one that suits your scalp.
  • Sometimes alternating two shampoo types may also help.
  • Leaving the shampoo in hair for at least two to three minutes before washing will help you much.
  • You may be able to use the shampoo less often once your dandruff improves.
  • Moisturize your scalp as dry scalp tends to flake more. Restoring moisture to the scalp can help you with itchiness. Coconut oil is a great pick from your dressing table as it has moisturizing as well as antibacterial properties.
  • Healthy diet is also a key to unlock your dandruff. Include more veggies and fruits in diet.

Top Foods that Helps You to Reduce Your Cholesterol Levels

Dr. Amit Sinkar 92% (10 ratings)
DNB (Cardiology), DNB (General Medicine), MBBS
Cardiologist, Pune
Top Foods that Helps You to Reduce Your Cholesterol Levels

There is no fixed definition for the best diet. It solely depends on the health condition, requirement, and restrictions of a patient that a diet can be planned that can help deal with or prevent a particular health threat while ensuring overall good health.

Cholesterol is becoming a widely known threat responsible for inflammation and forming blood clots which may lead to strokes and heart attacks. Since it is a growing concern, it is recommended the patient follows a proper diet that can help in keeping the cholesterol level in the blood under control. To make such a best diet, below are few necessary and practical tips.

Opt For Healthier Fats
One must remember that the saturated fat found in the dairy products and red meat raise the level of the bad cholesterol or LDL, instead of reducing it. Receiving around 7 percent of the regular calorie need of the body is necessary from saturated fats. Therefore, one needs to opt for healthier saturated fats, such as canola or olive oils, monounsaturated fat products, low-fat dairy products, etc.

Increase the Intake of Fiber
The more the sources of fiber will be there in one’s diet, especially the soluble ones, the more health benefits one can have from that diet regarding the cholesterol reduction. Fresh fruits, oat bran, oats, beans, vegetables, and lentil are excellent sources of fiber and must be there in one's diet to make it the best.

Avoid having Trans Fats
Trans fats are known to increase the bad cholesterol(LDL) and reduce the good cholesterol (HDL). Therefore, eliminating sources of trans fats from one's diet will automatically contribute to keeping the cholesterol levels under control. Usually, it is the fried foods, various commercial products such as snack cakes, crackers or cakes, junk foods that are filled with trans fats and must be avoided.

Include Whey Protein
Whey protein has found to be a good source of reducing LDL or low-density lipoprotein and maintaining a balance in the overall cholesterol production inside the body. Therefore, including foods like ricotta cheese, yogurt, cereals, oatmeal, etc., each of them being rich in whey, can be a smart way of making one's diet more heart-friendly.

Add Omega 3 Fatty Acid Rich Foods
To make your diet a cholesterol reducer, try eating foods that are rich in omega 3 fatty acid. Though this particular fat is not associated with affecting the LDL cholesterol, it helps in the good cholesterol or HDL level in the blood, reducing both the triglycerides in the blood and blood pressure. Walnuts, ground flaxseeds, almonds, fishes like salmon, herring and mackerel are a few good sources of omega 3 fatty acid.

Apart from making the diet healthier and heart friendly, one should consider making some lifestyle changes such as to exercise regularly, to quit smoking, etc., to make the diet more effective and its results long-lasting.

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My Mom is on keto diet from last 10 days ,she lost 4 KGS with diet. For safe side we did blood test and her Uric Acid is 10.7 and SGOT is 34 .what would be the reason for high uric acid?

Dr. Ravindra Chhajed 93% (171 ratings)
MBBS, FCPS - Medicine, DNB - General Medicine (I)
Endocrinologist, Pune
My Mom is on keto diet from last 10 days ,she lost 4 KGS with diet. For safe side we did blood test and her Uric Acid...
Any pattern of loosing weight should not be vigorous. Only liquid diet or starvation may result into gall stones. Only protein diet may cause renal problems. High uric acid results into four and arthritis and renal problems. Keri diet under supervision is not the bad idea for steady loss of weight. In your mother's case it is tremendous weight loss and it is not good.
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Sir, When I caught with cough and cold the fever occurs can you suggest a son why it so with me. And mostly after month of after two month I got catch to cold and fever.

Dr. Ravindranath Kudva 92% (516 ratings)
Diploma in Otorhinolaryngology (DLO), MBBS
ENT Specialist, Bangalore
Poor immunity & resistence is one of the reasons for a person to catch a cold & cough frequently. Allergy is the other reason. An antihistaminic tablet along with an antitussive for dry cough or an expectorant for wet cough should help you. If fever occurs every time you get a cold and cough then a complete blood examination may be needed.
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I'm suffering with severe hair fall. I shaved my hair twice and it's better now. But not as thick as my previous hair. So please suggest me any tablets which will promote Regrowth of my hair. Please help me.

Dr. Kinjal Bhayani 95% (205 ratings)
FMC (Fellow in Med.Cosmetology), BHMS, csd
Aesthetic Medicine Specialist, Rajkot
I'm suffering with severe hair fall. I shaved my hair twice and it's better now. But not as thick as my previous hair...
Lycomed plus Folihair tab etc Hair fall occurs due to poor nutrition Stress Bad quility or very strong chemical shampoo Prolong medications Hair colouring or ironing or rebonding like procedures Constantly changing shampoo and oil Generally hair fall seen more in winter due to dryness of skin So treatment is according to cause But some general tips to regrow your hair Apply hair oil and shampoo twice a week Drink 10-15 glass of water daily Drink coconut water Take rich diet cereals dates carrot beetroot milk green vegetables as much as possible
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Sir I tested my cbc at thyrocare in 23 Jan 2018 My TLC 5.24,RBC-5.52, HB-17.4 MCHC-34. 6TPC-305 & OTHERS ARE WITHIN REFERENCE RANGES again ON 16 -02-2018 at S.C.B medical college THE RANGES ARE WBC-8.68,RBC-5.48,HGB16. 1,HCT-45.4% MCV82. 8 MCH-29.4 MCHC-35.5 PLT-386 RDW SD-38.5 RDW-CV-12.8 PDW-11.5 MPV-10.0 PLCR -25.9 PC TO. 39+ NEUT-6.08 LYMPH-2.15 Mono-0.28 EO 0.15 BASO-0.02 Dear Dr. my symptoms are Pain in my neck, shoulder,upper back both side of spine. Lower back ,hips&legs. Tingling pin prick all over. Trembling of muscles ,chest pain, breathing problem, dizziness ,lightheadedness, always flu like with mild temperate body (99-100) degree occasionally night sweat in past. Vertigo,balance problem, headache, head heaviness, nasal congestion, sometimes hoarse voice ,unable to see an object pointedly. Burning sensations all over ,body hot. Stress anxiety&depression, unable to sleep deep etc then several abdominal issues like upper abdominal pain with bloating, gas formation, sour eructation, sever indigestion, sour&dry mouth &tongue sever acid reflux ,loss of appetite etc My HAL B27 negative, crp,RA FACTOR negative EMG&NCV ,ECHO, ECG,TMT xray of pelvis spine &CHEST were ok last yr. REALLY I am very very serious about it. Whether it be cancer or any other please guide me without any delay. My age is 35 years. Regards.

Mr. Gnanaranjan Das 88% (363 ratings)
Occupational Therapy (OT)
Occupational Therapist, Jaipur
Sir I tested my cbc at thyrocare in 23 Jan 2018
My TLC 5.24,RBC-5.52, HB-17.4 MCHC-34. 6TPC-305 & OTHERS ARE WITHIN R...
1- Mr. lybrate-user first & foremost thing is leave worries and feel good you are free from all disease according to science but according to you it's different. Your condition is somatization/ depression/ stress. So don't go for further medical investigation as all will come normal. 2- But nobody helps to send you the place where you should consult because you might feel discrimination. 3- Don't hesitate to consult a Psychiatrist, SCB medical college Cuttack is having well equipped Department. 4- Meet a psychologist so that you might avoid medicine that doesn't mean you should not take medication but make sure for first few days you go for few medication. 5- Enjoy life with your friends and try to leave life as a flow, talk to your close one whomever you share your emotions and try to leave life's recent adverse conditions as it is.
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Hi, I used to a walker during my college days and have a lot of stamina. However after 10 years of work life my stamina has taken a huge hit. I Am not able to be active like I used to be. I maintain a good appetite and I am not obese, but I want to regain my stamina. Please suggest.

Dr. Shalini Singhal 95% (419 ratings)
Ph.D ; M.Sc Foods & Nutrition
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Delhi
For stamina n energy, you should have a wholesome diet with enough proteins (eggs, fish, chicken, milk & its products, nuts -seeds etc) and good quality fats (rich in MUFA-PUFA) and moderate carbohydrate intake with focus on high fibre. Hydrate yourself properly and include enough fresh fruits and vegetables. Do not have long gaps between meals and do not skip meals at all. Have a good breakfast before you leave for work with source of protein in it. Workout for 45 mins daily be it brisk walk, any sport, swimming,etc .Some exercise while sitting at the desk would be useful too. For antioxidants have variety of fresh fruits and vegetables and the right cooking oil, fish, nuts and oilseeds for omega 3 fatty acids. Both these (antioxdants and omega 3 fatty acids) will help control aging and take care of heart health. Contact us directly for a comprehensive and tailored diet plan to meet all your needs.
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Hello sir, I have a small brother. His age is 5 years. He has breathing problems for his birth. We consulted medicine for it. But from previous 2 days, he is having heavy cough problems. He has vomited cough at least 3 times. He is very weak. We gave him some medicine but he is not yet cured. Can you suggest some medicine or cure for him?

Dr. Ravindranath Kudva 92% (516 ratings)
Diploma in Otorhinolaryngology (DLO), MBBS
ENT Specialist, Bangalore
Hello sir, I have a small brother. His age is 5 years. He has breathing problems for his birth. We consulted medicine...
He is having an allergic bronchitis / wheezing bronchitis. If he is breathless he will have to be nebulised with a steroid & a bronchodilator combination. An expectorant cough syrup along with an antihistaminic syrup should help in controlling the cough.
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