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A 31-year-old male asked:

I've gone from 5'8" 160 lbs on 8/1 to 192 lbs today, all while trying to diet and exercise consistently and i've kept on gaining. would i be a good candidate for gastric balloon or diet meds?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Count the calories: A "normal" person always loses weight if taking in fewer calories than he uses daily. Helpful diets have natural foods that take time to chew but have few calories. Examples include carrots, celery, and leafy lettuce (little or no salad dressing). When shopping for fruits, buy small ones no bigger than a tennis ball, because fruits have sugar. Drinks without calories include water and green tea.
Dr. Robert Kwok
Dr. Robert Kwok commented
Pediatrics 33 years experience
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If one is truly (meaning his calorie counts and math are correct) eating fewer calories than he needs to live, such as eating 1500 a day while burning 2000, then mysteriously gaining weight may mean a medical disorder. Doctor can evaluate. Weight-loss surgery should be a last, last resort because "eating fewer calories than one burns" always causes weight loss (it's physics) in a "normal" person.
Dec 16, 2019

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