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A 40-year-old member asked:

is a low calorie diet a good way to lose weight?

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Dr. Guy DaSilva
Preventive Medicine 35 years experience
Not necessarily: In many cases the low cal diet can signal to the thyroid that you are in starvation mode thus preventing weight loss. A surer way to lose weight is by eating a meditteranean style diet minus any grains containing gluten and including low glycemic foods. Eating 3 meals and 2 snacks may show more results than calorie counting. Let me know how you do.

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A 38-year-old member asked:

How much time will take to lose weight on a low calorie diet?

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Dr. Vasu Brown
Integrative Medicine 34 years experience
Difficult: Low-carb diet is likely to promote weight loss, at least at first, but risky. Weight loss may or may not continue long term, depending on your commitment to following the eating plan. If you abandon the low-carb diet and return to your former eating habits, you may regain any lost weight.
A 30-year-old member asked:

How quickly can I lose weight with a zero calorie diet?

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Dr. Sewa Legha
Medical Oncology 50 years experience
Not practical!: Drastic efforts to lose weight do not work well and do not last...So don't even try this approach. To lose weight you need to eat less but not quit because controlling weight is a life long discipline. So eat a balanced meal with calorie restriction in a way that is practical and enjoyable. Not eating anything is a punishment which no body deserves! add daily exercise to your diet for better resul.
A 30-year-old member asked:

Do you think I should be eating a high calorie diet to lose weight?

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Dr. Ronald Krauser
Rheumatology 52 years experience
Just the opposite: No, you should eat a low calorie, low carbohydrate diet to lose weight.
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A 18-year-old female asked:

I'm on a 1000 calorie diet to lose weight, if i stay within my calorie range can i eat some sweets like pie or cake and still lose weight?

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Dr. Chuck Shaffer
Bariatrics 33 years experience
See below: Ashley, I'm not a big fan of low-calorie diets. Calories are really not the biggest problem. It's what the calorie is made of. Calories are different in steak than from a donut you have to find out why you are gaining weight. Learning to understand why you gain will help you to learn how to lose. Talk with your doctor. For more information, you can read our webpage www weighstation.net blessings.
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A 24-year-old male asked:

If I go on a low calorie diet all week and just every Saturday have a meal I enjoy and a few pints of cider, will I still lose weight?

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Dr. Jan Lei Iwata
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
Your cardiac history: is important considering you've been on a Holter monitor, had a stress test done before. Low calorie diet indicates that you are overweight or worried about gaining weight? If you exercise, you burn calories. Work with a clinical nutritionist to make sure you have a nutrient dense diet, and not one with minimal calories, or you'll be approaching it from the wrong angle.

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