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What is the minimum amount of energy needed for your body to function? i consume 800cal/day (low carb diet, but eat a bit of everything) and burn 300cal/day through excercise-am i doing more harm than good?

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Dr. Edward Kuhnley
Child Psychiatry 45 years experience
Women should consume: at least 1,200 cals/day, and men 1,800 cals/day, even when trying to lose weight, to avoid a metabolism slowdown. A very-low-calorie diet can cause serious health issues because it does not provide all of the essential nutrients for good health. It may lead to a weak immune system, irritability, and increased risk of other health problems. Maintain body balance and enjoy good health. Best regards.

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