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how can i lose 20kg in 1 month

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replied December 14th, 2009
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Hi,welcome to the ehealth forum and I am glad to help you .
Your concern seems to regard being overweight and losing the excess weight in a jiffy.

Body Mass Index(BMI) is most reliable practical method to determine healthy and unhealthy adiposity and the same for you calculates to be 26.3 and on evaluating BMI percentiles for your age(NCHS Standards) it falls well above the 95th percentile(25.2) which classifies you as being overweight and at risk for comorbidities like asthma,insulin resistance,dyslipidemia,hypertension,nonal coholic fatty liver disease,obstructive sleep apnea and orthopedic complications like Blount disease and Slipped Capital Femoral Epiphysis etc.

As you have not mentioned any of these comorbidities,I would suggest that you see your pediatrician for the thorough evaluation of your weight to rule out any secondary cause of obesity such as hypothyroidism, Cushing disease and any syndromic association, etc. Your doctor may also want to explore dietary practices,family structure,and habits because alteration of these factors is usually the basis of successful therapy.

Weight maintenance rather than weight loss is a more reasonable initial goal. An initial goal is a 10% reduction in weight(6 kg in your case) as this much weight loss has been shown to significantly improve overall health. Once achieved, the new weight shall be maintained for 6 months before attempting any further loss. But no weight loss should be attempted on your own without discussion with a health care professional.
Hope this helps.Take care.

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