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A 45-year-old member asked:

what to do if i am on diet and could someone give me a 750-900 calorie meal plan ?

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Dr. Martin Fried
General Practice 36 years experience
Not healthy: Too few calories- In general the amount of calories you are suggesting would be too low to sustain a weight loss over time. Your body may go into starvation mode and decrease its metabolism cause its not getting enough calories. I suggest more calories- with 20% as protein, 60% as complex carbohydrates from fruits and vegetables, whole grains and legumes. 20% as healthy fats from nuts, seeds,etc

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A 37-year-old member asked:

Should fruit and vegetables be counted in a calorie reduced diet?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Yes: Anything you ingest has some calorie value (including water=zero calories). Many fruits are high in fructose (sugar) and many vegatables are calorie dense with a variety of carbs, some fat & protein. Fruits and vegies tend to be less calorie dense than most meats but all must be considered if you want to be successful.
A 35-year-old member asked:

What is the difference between a fad diet and a low calorie diet?

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Dr. Scott Bolhack
Wound care 35 years experience
Diets: Fad diets are marketing ploys to promote a concept that has more to do with making money than with a well-balanced diet that promotes long-term compliance conducive with a healthy lifestyle. Many of these diets are also low calorie diets. A low calorie diet is a diet that provides extremely low calories in order to produce significant weight loss. They can be unbalanced and cause problems.
A 46-year-old member asked:

How safe is a low calorie diet?

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Dr. Pedro Hernandez
Geriatrics 40 years experience
How low?: Very strict diets run the risk of dehydration and ketosis and possibilities to faint, develop anemia or electrolyte disturbances ( low potassium, calcium, magnesium, low vitamins etc.) less than 1200 cal/ day are probably too restrictive.
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A 24-year-old member asked:

What happens when you go on a very low calorie diet?

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Dr. Danny Proffitt
Family Medicine 43 years experience
Tissue breakdown: Very low calorie diets puts a person in ketosis. The body does not have the proper amounts of protein, carbohydrates and fat to carry out all the functions it has to do. You will lose fat, for sure, but you will do this at the expense of losing protein, thus muscle breakdown. A very low calorie diet shold not be undertaken unless under the care of a doctor well versed in the diet and close f/u.
A 44-year-old member asked:

While on a low calorie diet, where does the fat go?

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Dr. Scott Bolhack
Wound care 35 years experience
Low Calorie Diets: When you are on a low calorie diet, there is a deficit of daily calories, so that the additional calories required to keep you going are drained from the body's stored form of energy (calories), the fat which is contained in fat cells.

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