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Kat November 26, 2012 at 10:45 pm

I have Celiac on top on needing to lose weight, I have just started the HCG 1234 diet and I am wondering what would be the best and healthiest substitutes for me that do not include gluten.


Cyndi November 5, 2012 at 12:10 pm

Congratulations to Stephanie! She is the winner to our October Hot Topics Contest. Good luck to you using whichever free product you choose!


Anna November 2, 2012 at 11:40 am

I am on my second round of hcg1234, and the first 6 weeks were great with a loss of 30 pounds. I waited 3 weeks and started again 2 weeks ago. The first week went fine with 7 pound loss, and the start of this second week, I experienced the loss of one of my pets, and I ate all the wrong foods, and quit taking my drops. I have gained back 10 pounds. Can I start the drops back up this coming week or should I wait? Or is there something else I can do? I want to lose weight, I just made a mistake…


Elizabeth Towns October 19, 2012 at 2:11 am

What can I do to get the best benefit out of the least amount of physical exertion? I have fibromyalgia and can’t do even medium impact exercise. I walk but even doing that too much aggravates my disease. I need to lose weight but seem to be at a plateau.


Cyndi October 19, 2012 at 12:19 pm


I would recommend yoga, pilates, cycling, and swimming. In that order in fact. All of these exercises are very low impact. However, my long-term goal for you would be to improve your cardiovascular conditioning. With cardio training the activities of daily life become easier. Also, cardio training has the physiological response of increasing capillary density within the muscle tissue. This improves the bodies toxin removal efficiency. This means you will be less sore and in less time. Yoga will be the lowest intensity in terms of cardio. Followed by this would be plilates, cycling, and swimming. After you have made improvements in these categories I would revisit walking. My hopes would be that the improved cardio health and capillary density would make walking more enjoyable and tolerable.


Elizabeth Towns October 25, 2012 at 11:49 am

I will definitely try more yoga. Having tried some beginners yoga and really enjoyed the results I am willing to give my body that gift. Thanks for the in-depth response!


Sheila October 13, 2012 at 7:16 am

What is a better workout ? Sex, House cleaning, or Yard work? ­čÖé


Cyndi October 16, 2012 at 10:59 am

LOL, this should be a fun one to answer! The first point to make is that everyone performs these exercises with varying levels of intensity. I will have to be general in my answer.

I am assuming that typical sex would not last much longer than 30 minutes. I would probably classify it as interval training because at times you are more aggressive than others. The person who would get the biggest aerobic benefit is the deconditioned person. The conditioned person needs more than 30 min of exercise. I would say the biggest benefit would be to high intensity exercise tolerance. Even though you will not reach that high heart rate for a long period of time, you are still reaching it.

House cleaning if done all at once without any rests would probably last a couple hours. I would classify this as aerobic training. There is typically not any motivational factors making you work at a high intensity. This would be the best for fat loss and aerobic conditioning.

Yard work depends on the activity. Moving the lawn and weeding would be aerobic. Digging a ditch and removing tree branches could be anaerobic. Anaerobic can help improve aerobic conditioning, high intensity exercise tolerance, and strength. Also, how long it takes to finish makes a difference.

So—- the best workout depends on the benefits you are hoping to achieve.


Stephanie Mago-Eagle October 13, 2012 at 12:26 am

I have belly button hernia,bad back,fibromyaliga, arthritis,nerve damage,b-12,folic acid,b-6 deficiency I am wondering is there an exercise I can do that will be easy on my body & give me the energy I need??


Cyndi October 16, 2012 at 10:42 am

You seem to have several compounding issues that affect your health. These issues may limit the activities you can do but they do not disallow activity.

Belly button hernia- First you will want to be cleared by you doctor to perform exercises. I would start by doing very low intensity transverse abdominal exercises. I would suggest sitting in a chair with a slightly rounded back. Tighten your abdominals and lift one leg up a few inches. Hold for up to 1 min. You should feel your belly working. You can add two legs to make it harder. Mentally you should hold the exercise in your belly and not allow your back to take over.

Bad back- I am assuming low back. Kneel down onto the floor and put your hands on the floor to create a table top with your back. Slowly lift one arm to the front of your body as high as you can without over arching or twisting your back. Hold for 30 sec and then lower. Repeat with one leg. To make it more advanced do the opposite arm and leg at the same time. This should strengthen your hip extensors, erector spinae, balance, and coordination.

Fibromyalgia- You can perform all exercises every else can do. I would just decrease the intensity to minimize soreness and fatigue. You should absolutely be performing both aerobic and weight training exercises.

Arthritis- Same recommendation as above. Weight training exercises will improve muscle strength and may decrease grinding on the bones. Additionally, some forms of arthritis are due to improper movement. Proper weight training can correct muscular imbalances helping to reduce symptoms.

Nerve damage – This depends on the nerves damaged and how they were damaged. You would want to see a professional who could observe the problem areas in person.

Nutritional deficiency – This requires choosing to eat a healthier diet on a consistent basis. Often people do not get all the nutritional requirements through food alone. An over-the-counter multivitamin may help. If you are having a medical problem where you are not absorbing these nutrients then you should see your doctor.

Both aerobic and weight training exercises are required to give you more energy throughout the day. Aerobic exercises such as walking, biking, eliptical training, ect help your body handle extra loads of exercise. This makes all your activities of daily life easier. Weight training allows the body to be more prepared for those times where you have to lift something extra heavy or awkward. By doing both of these exercises your energy systems (circulation, metabolism, respiration, ect) all improve thus improving all day energy levels.


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