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Can I lose weight?
Dec 8, 2002

It has been about two years since i was first diagnosed to be HIV+, I haven't started any kind of treatment yet, not easily available in my country. But in haste I had started eating a lot and now I have gained so much weight that I want to get rid off, I excersise some but i don't get enough time cause of school. I'm considering slimming tea, would this have any bad effects? Last time I checked my CD4 was around 400. It's very expensive to have these tests in my country. Plaese help. Joana

Response from Dr. Wohl


It is kind of hard to tell you what to do as without knowing what your weight and height are. In general, I would not recommend losing weight unless you were clearly and more than mildly overweight. If you are just a bit over ideal body weight, I would advise against attempting to shed kilos.

Even if you are more than a tad chunky, I would not advise teas or other supplements which promise to help you lose weight. These things do not work. Some will contain stimulants that will make you thinner but only temporarily and with many side effects. Once you stop them (beware some can be addictive) the weight comes back. Certainly, some of these potions can be dangerous.

The healthy way to lose weight is to eat less (especially less high calorie foods such as junk food) and exercise more (even walking). Good luck- DW

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