A 21-year-old female asked:
210pounds 5^2 21yrs old. considering the 400(or600) calories a day diet. nutritional diet plan?
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Psychiatry 25 years experience
Not enough calories: If you drop caloric intake too drastically - you will actually eat up a lot of muscle and drop your metabolic rate. This is NOT a healthy way to lose weight. Consider working with a nutritionist so that you can do this in a healthy way. Take care.
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A 33-year-old member asked:
I'm dieting and I am only eating about 900-1000 calories a day. I am 5'11 240ish lbs. Is this bad?
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Bariatrics 14 years experience
Not necessarily ...: A 1200 calorie diet is generally recommended to achieve about 2 lbs of weight loss/week. As long you are getting enough protein and adequate vitamins/nutrients in your food, it is not necessarily bad for you. Keep in mind that sustainable changes in your diet and exercise habits will be much better for you long term than a crash diet, however.
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Spirit Lake, IA
A 49-year-old female asked:
Does dieting stunt growth? I have been dieting for a year with a caloric deficit of about 500 calories per day
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Internal Medicine 13 years experience
Unlikely : It's unlikely to stunt your growth, however 500 cal per day is very extreme. If you're overweight and want to lose weight the best thing is to have a balanced diet and exercise plan. In my opinion low carbohydrate diets are favorable. With your current diet you will be at a higher risk of malnutrition and vitamin deficiencies.
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Last updated Apr 4, 2015
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