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A 19-year-old female asked:

I have been eating 500 calories a day and losing weight but suddenly i stopped losing weight. i did some research and found that my body might be under starvation mode so i increased my calories to 1000 but gained so much weight what do i do?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Metabolic rate: You have probably driven your metabolic rate down. You need to keep eating a higher amount (and even 1,000 calories is too strict). Please make sure that it is healthy food and that your diet is balanced. You may continue to gain weight some until your internal thermostat corrects.

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