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Why do you stop counting calories while on the Atkins diet?

Why do you stop counting calories while on the Atkins diet?

Still important: The atkins diet markedly reduces carbs. They want thi to be the priority. Can get distracting if also counting calories. But calories still matter. Should still focus on veggies and some fruit as the foundation. Then add proteins. Some fat is needed. But, no carbs. ...Read more

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Anorexia Nervosa (Definition)

Anorexia nervosa is an eating disorder in which a person refuses to maintain a normal body weight, has a fear of being fat, and significantly misperceives their body weight or shape. People with anorexia tend to be female (about 90%). Patients are unaware that their preoccupation with weight is abnormal. They tend to see their low weight as an achievement, which limits ...Read more


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Help please! is calorie counting necessary to develop 6 pack abs?

Help please! is calorie counting necessary to develop 6 pack abs?

Yes: As a ringside physician, i've known beginning boxers with tremendously massive abdominal muscles that are not yet visible because they have not yet gotten to their best boxing weight, with very little body fat. Whether you count calories, do a lot of cardio, and/or just watch what you eat, if you have a fair amount of ab muscle and almost no trunk fat, you'll have your sixpack. ...Read more

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I been on a diet for months. I lost 100 pounds. I am now maintaining and counting calories. Thanksgiving is coming up, can i cheat one meal ?

I been on a diet for months. I lost 100 pounds. I am now maintaining and counting calories.       Thanksgiving is coming up, can i cheat one meal ?

Diet tips: Were you a compulsive eater? Do you think you can maintain a balanced diet in the future? One of my patients who lost 100 lbs said he is always cautious about sweets. He doesn't think he can have just one. Everyone is different and you need to figure out what works for you. Many people have issues with food addiction, while some can eat in a balanced way. ...Read more

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If someone is obsessively counting calories and eating 500 a day, working out, and losing ten pounds a week do they likely have an eating disorder?

If someone is obsessively counting calories and eating 500 a day, working out, and losing ten pounds a week do they likely have an eating disorder?

Yes, very possibly: 500 calories a day is not a sustainable food plan. Losing 10 pounds a week is also not healthy, because this person is likely also losing muscle. An eating disorder is very possible in this situation. If this is you, and you are truly 12 years old, you need your parents' help to see a doctor asap. ...Read more

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Does counting calories is not healthy and can stop may period ?

Does counting calories is not healthy and can stop may period
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Female or Male?: Your profile lists you as male. Starvation or anorexia can lead to no periods. But routine limiting of calories with good nutrition should not interfere. ...Read more

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When counting calories is it nescessary to count lettuce and spinach and leafy greens ?

When counting calories is it nescessary to count lettuce and spinach and leafy greens ?

Yes: All edible food contains calories, including healthy vegetables. So, if you are keeping a daily calorie count, do include all those green leafy vegetables. ...Read more

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Hi, i've lost 20kg over 3 months but i've not lost weight for the last 2 weeks despite my continous exercise and calorie counting. I'm i in trouble?

Not at all: You have probably reached a plateau. It may take your body time to reach a new patient. The more weight you loose the harder the last few pounds can be. Inital weight loss is water loss mostly. You may want to try medication now. This will help. ...Read more

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Is consuming 920 calories a day ok? I'm trying to lose weight by exercising & counting calories. I'm 140 lbs, ideal weight is my prebaby weight of 122

Is consuming 920 calories a day ok? I'm trying to lose weight by exercising & counting calories. I'm 140 lbs, ideal weight is my prebaby weight of 122

Many more ?s: It is possible to eat around 1, 000 cal per day to loose weight. The trick is getting the proper nutrition and vitamins into that constrained calorie count. I would also say that exercise at that calorie level would need to be temporarily halved or stopped, depending on what you are doing and how intense the workout is. A better approach may be a few more calories with moderate exercise. ...Read more

Calorie (Definition)

A calorie is the amount of heat energy needed to increase a mililiter of water 1 degree centigrade, the calorie we talk about in foods is really a kilocalorie, that is the amount of energy needed to increase a liter of water 1 degree centigrade... So if you eat a food that is 500 calories that food if burned completely has enough energy to heat a liter of ...Read more