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A 19-year-old female asked:

just started a low calorie diet, will i lose fat (so that i appear slimmer) or will my body burn up muscle and leave me still flabby?

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Dr. M. Jan
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Family Medicine 66 years experience
Yes: Low calories diets is the key to loose excessive fat.

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