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A 18-year-old female asked:

Is eating 500 calories a day without exercising bad?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 35 years experience
Move. Exercise.: Eating 500 calories a day is too little. That's just one big slice of pizza a day. A 4-month old baby eats 500 calories a day. Anybody on 500 calories a day is on a starvation diet and will lose weight. It doesn't sound safe. Extremely low calorie diets don't work because the weight comes back when one starts eating again. Long-term lifestyle changes are needed.
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A 45-year-old member asked:

What amount weight would you lose eating 500 calories a day and exercising every other day?

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Dr. Axel Martinez-Irizarry
Family Medicine 19 years experience
3500 calories is 1lb: 500 calories is very low, and if prescribed by a physician can be used for a short time. Pounds are lost by losing 3500 calories. So in a day if you eat 500 calories and your body burns 1500 calories through exercise and basal metabolism, you lose 1000 calories a day. Takes 3.5 days to lose 1 pound. So it depends on the calories your body burns. Varies by metabolism and exercise.
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Last updated Jan 8, 2015

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