A 33-year-old member asked:
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will you still lose weight on a very low calorie diet if you are not in ketosis?

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Dr. Vasu Brown
33 years experience Integrative Medicine
Yes: The danger of low calorie diet that is not balanced can cause essential muscle loss - puts your gut and heart in danger, can cause electrolyte imbalance and danger of creating gall stones - so do with caution and inform your pcp about your goal so he or she can work with you.
Answered on Dec 30, 2015
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Dr. Matthew Griffin
13 years experience Internal Medicine
yes you can, just not quite as quickly. Less than 30-50grams/day carbs will usually put you in ketosis but you can still lose weight though more slowly at <100grams/day
Dec 30, 2015
Dr. Su Fairchild
23 years experience Integrative Medicine
Muscle mass: You may also lose muscle mass, which is a bad thing.
Answered on Nov 10, 2012

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