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A 16-year-old male asked:

Will calorie deficit stunt my growth? i am 5'10 70-71 kg and want to reach 65kg. i want to start a calorie deficit of -150 calories per day because my body fat is high. (i will get enough calcium, protein, vitamins etc)?

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Dr. Hiep Le
Dr. Hiep Leanswered
Nephrology and Dialysis 43 years experience
No, it should not stunt your growth if you follow a balanced, nutritious diet with reduced total calories. By the way, I do not think you are overweight with the current BMI. You only need exercise for burning the fat.
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