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A 22-year-old male asked:

If i stay under 2000 calories eat what i want and drink coke zero and sparkling water can i still lose weight that's what i was told from my doctor other people may say different but can i do this i was told your calories determines if you lose?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Depends: Weight gain or loss is a balance of caloric intake and caloric expenditure. You if you not expending more than 2000 calories through physical activity, you could gain weight with or without diet drinks. Have a healthy diet, exercise 30 minutes/day, drink plenty of water daily so your urine is mostly colorless, have safe sex, no tobacco alcohol weed or street drugs.
Dr. Silviu Pasniciuc
Internal Medicine 27 years experience
Lifestyle changes: Diet and physical exercise remain the mainstay of any weight loss program. Joining a weight loss group or program may help in keeping you focused and keeping up with realistic goals. Controlling your calorie intake is otherwise critical, but only a part of a comprehensive weight loss program.
Dr. Melissa Young
Endocrinology 9 years experience
Maybe: The short answer is maybe. Your current weight and level of physical activity (in addition to your age & sex)determine your caloric needs. Also while it is true that a calorie is a calorie, you will feel more satisfied and will feel fuller longer if you eat foods that are high in protein, fiber&healthy fats.Foods high in carbs tend to be digested more easily, so you feel hungry again soon after

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