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do doctors think it's healthier to get your calories from carbohydrates or lipids?

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Dr. John Scuba
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 25 years experience
Caloric intake: Balance of the dietary intake for calories, not a single source of calories as "better" is what is absolutely necessary. With each dietary source--protein, carb, fats--comes vitamins, minerals, and proteins unique to each source which are essential in the diet.

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A 38-year-old member asked:

Am I burning more calories when I am constipated or when I have a bad case of diarrhea?

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Dr. Sidney Vinson
Gastroenterology 27 years experience
Neither in most case: Neither constipation not diarrhea affect calorie consumption. In some cases an infectious diarrhea may lead to poor absorption of calories and decreased intake and chronic inflammatory diarrhea may increase metabolic demands in some cases but a significant difference would only be seen in very sick patients.
A 40-year-old member asked:

Can I keep and gain muscle on a low calorie diet?

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Dr. Danny Proffitt
Family Medicine 43 years experience
Probably not: It wold depend on the amount of protein you consume and how much you work out to develop and keep the muscles. Low calorie diets may not supply the anount of carbs, protein and fat you will need to maintain. It would depend on your height and weight and age. I would be very careful, work with a reputable sports trainer, sports medicine doctor and reputable nutritionist. Danger! will robinson!
A 27-year-old member asked:

Are potatoes good for a low calorie diet?

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Dr. Francine Yep
Family Medicine 31 years experience
It's all relative.: For very low calorie diets, potatoes are relatively high calorie [1 cup of diced potato is 55 calories] compared to 1 serving of turnips or even better deal cooked radishes/daikon. But potatoes are a good deal compared to 1/2 cup of white rice [120 calories], 1 cup of noodles, bread or bagels. So it depends on how low you're trying to go.
A 52-year-old member asked:

How much percentage of calories in a daily diet should be from carbohydrate?

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Dr. Francine Yep
Family Medicine 31 years experience
45-65%: Your carbs should be about 45-65% of your total calories every day. Choose good carbs like fruits, veggies, nuts and beans, and whole grains. Happy eating!
A 29-year-old member asked:

Is the use of ginger ale good for low caloie diets?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Ginger Ale: Can help with upset stomach but it has calories. It isn't a good diet product.

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