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A 23-year-old female asked:

Is it good for a person to eat less calories worth of food then what their bmi says? for example your bmi says you need 1,600 n ur diet says 1,300

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Dr. Andrew Seibert
Gastroenterology 35 years experience
BMI: The body mass index (BMI) is an indicator of your body mass compared to known controls. It is not an indication of how many calories one must eat. Certainly, if your goal is to lose weight, you must eat fewer calories than your body burns off in order to make your BMI decrease. How to do that is often difficult, but your doctor can help. Good luck.

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Last updated Jul 18, 2015

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