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A 18-year-old female asked:

Im 294lbs 18yo 5'4" i drink only water and try not to eat a lot and go to the gym 3times a week but i am not losing weight. what can i do?

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Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
Family Medicine 39 years experience
See below: If you're not eating enough calories, your body goes into starvation mode & doesn't burn many. U need about 2600 cal/day to maintain your current weight; so if u plan to eat only 2000 cal/day (broken up into 4-6 mini-meals) & continue exercise, u should lose weight. Avoid fast food, sugary foods & drinks; eat lean protein, good fats, fruits & veggies (low glycemic ones r best), low-fat dairy.
Dr. Alvin Lin
Geriatrics 31 years experience
Nutrition & exercise: Complicated question. 1st, go see your family doc & make sure you're otherwise healthy aside from obesity. Make sure your thyroid is normal. Then get consult to talk w/nutritionist & physical therapist. Not eating a lot is not the way to lose weight. You have to eat smart & healthy so talk to registered dietician. Lots of protein is key. So is exercise but under supervision of physical therapist.

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