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Can a low calorie diet affect your period?

Can a low calorie diet affect your period?

Yes: A consistently low calorie diet leading to significant and/or rapid weight loss can cause the body's hormonal balance to become disrupted. It is not uncommon for someone who is significantly underweight or who has lost weight very rapidly to experience amenorrhea, or the absence of menstruation. ...Read more

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Dr. Arthur Heller
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Diet (Definition)

refers to all the physical matter humans (like all living creatures) must take in on a recurring basis; only partially for energy. Like all life on planet humans are open systems which keep tearing down their structure & require intake of atoms/molecules from which to rebuild their structure. Intestinal lining cells replaced ~every 3 days. CaPO4 in bones ~every 6 years, ...Read more


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Any advice? I have been on a low calorie diet and haven't gotten my monthly period yet?

Any advice? I have been on a low calorie diet and haven't gotten my monthly period yet?

Might be due to low: calories. Reasons for missed/late periods: low body weight, obesity, marked weight ^ or v, over-exercise, endurance athletics, breast-feeding, ^ stress, illness, eating disorders (bulimia or anorexia), anovulatory cycle (no egg released), travel, hormone irregularities, drug use, meds (i.e., birth control) or medical problems (i.e. PCOS). #1 reason is pregnancy. ...Read more

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Can eating a low calorie diet effect your period?

Can eating a low calorie diet effect your period?

Menstrual cycle: Yes. Anorexia is a cause of abnormal period, very low calorie diet might cause the same symptoms. Please consult a dietitian before doing a low calorie regimen. ...Read more

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Can PCOS be caused by extremely low calorie diet at age of 13?(diet caused clockwise periods not to come for 6 months, until returned to norm diet)

Can PCOS be caused by extremely low calorie diet at age of 13?(diet caused clockwise periods not to come for 6 months, until returned to norm diet)

NOT MY FIRST CHOICE: Starvation/anorexia suppress the creation of hormones that are needed to sustain normal cycles. Return to normal nutrition signals the bodies internal clock that reproduction, an optional body function, would not draw off nutrients needed for the person to survive. PCOS is an entirely different issue that can cause irregular cycles. ...Read more

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How safe is a low calorie diet?

How safe is a low calorie diet?

How low?: Very strict diets run the risk of dehydration and ketosis and possibilities to faint, develop anemia or electrolyte disturbances ( low potassium, calcium, magnesium, low vitamins etc.) less than 1200 cal/ day are probably too restrictive. ...Read more

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I need to know what is a low calorie diet?

I need to know what is a low calorie diet?

Short answer: It seems logical that if calories are the problem, you would want to eat as few of them as possible to speed weight loss. As a general rule, people need a minimum of 1,200 calories daily to stay healthy. People who have a strenuous fitness routine or perform many daily activities need more calories. If you have reduced your calorie intake below 1,200 calories a day, you could be hurting your body ...Read more

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How is a fad diet different than a low calorie diet?

How is a fad diet different than a low calorie diet?

Fad diet vs low cal: This is what they call an "age old" question: Which diet works best? There are LOTS of diets out there, most of which actually work to induce weight loss. The real issue is KEEPING THE WEIGHT OFF. I recommend people find a diet they can actually stay on for LIFE. Lower calories, increasing exercise, avoiding processed foods, and drinking at least 64 oz of water. That's a diet for life! ...Read more

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Can I keep and gain muscle on a low calorie diet?

Probably not: It wold depend on the amount of protein you consume and how much you work out to develop and keep the muscles. Low calorie diets may not supply the anount of carbs, protein and fat you will need to maintain. It would depend on your height and weight and age. I would be very careful, work with a reputable sports trainer, sports medicine doctor and reputable nutritionist. Danger! will robinson! ...Read more

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How can I get constipation relieved when on a low calorie diet?

How can I get constipation relieved when on a low calorie diet?

Fiber/fluids: Low calorie diet should include high fiber meals and you need to drink 80-100 ounces of noncafeinated, non alcoholic fluid daily. Calories have nothing to do with constipation. ...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


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Menstrual Period (Definition)

Menstrual period is a medical term for the monthly bleeding ...Read more