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A 16-year-old female asked:

Hi. i'm 16 years old. i am 5' 4" tall. i used to weigh 123 lbs. i wanted to lose some so i started on a 1,000 calorie a day diet and since then i have only gained weight. i weigh 126 now. why? what am i doing wrong? how can i lose weight?

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Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 57 years experience
Weight loss: This is simple math. If you use up more calories than you take in you will lose weight. Exercise is healthy and burns calories. Also make sure you do away with soft-drinks and minimize all sugar containing foods. It is difficult to believe you have really adhered to a 1000 calorie diet. Good luck.
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Dr. Jovita Anyanwu
Internal Medicine 31 years experience
Additional factors that may affect weight include Sleep and psychological issues and medications
Feb 6, 2015
Dr. Amrita Dosanjh
Pediatric Allergy and Asthma 37 years experience
Exercise/sm portions: I would advise smaller portions, five servings at least of fruits and vegetables. Try exercising at least 30 minutes per day. Extreme diets are not effective.
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Last updated Feb 13, 2015

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