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A 36-year-old male asked:

In last 15 wks, from 218 lbs, i became 204 lbs.the only thing i'v changed is stoppd eating outside & hvng homely food. low fat, med protein,sufficient carb & high fibre. no fast food/fried/spicy food,alcohol. is this wt loss good or due to disease?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 34 years experience
Maybe diet works...: If there's a reason for an obese person losing a pound a week, such as eating fewer calories, then we presume the lower calories is causing the weight loss. If such a patient has some new, worrisome symptoms of another disease, his doctor can evaluate those symptoms.
Dr. David Lipkin
Internal Medicine 53 years experience
Very good!: You have lost almost exactly 1 pound a week which is well within the guidelines of not trying to loose more than 1-1.5 pounds per week on a weight loss diet. Keep up the good work!! Now is the time to add an exercise routine if not already doing so. Regular exercise, including strength training, will help you to not regain the weight you loose on a diet.
Dr. Carisa Hines
Palliative Care 22 years experience
Weight loss: A healthy weight loss is usually 1-2 lbs a week. And since you made a change in your diet, seeing some result is not unusual. Keep up the good work!

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