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Doctor insights on: Can A Very Low Calorie Diet Allow You To Maintain Lean Mass

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Can a very low calorie diet allow you to maintain lean mass?

Can a very low calorie diet  allow you to maintain lean mass?

If moderate exercise: If one does some mild or moderate exercise, for 30-40 minutes, 3-4 times a week, she will likely stimulate his muscles enough to maintain them. On a "very low" calorie diet, she can get into trouble if the calories are too few (his body may break down muscle for fuel). Thus, "very low" calorie diets should be adjusted into "moderately low" calorie diets, which also have better long-term success. ...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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When on a low calorie diet how often should calories be increased to maintain my metabolic rate and by how much?

When on a low calorie diet how often should calories be increased to maintain my metabolic rate and by how much?

Won't affect: Metabolic rate. That is determined by genetics, exercise, thyroid level, etc. Not by dietary intake. It's 3500 calories to gain or lose a pound. Metabolic rate only affects how rapidly you can change. ...Read more

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Could a very low calorie diet be successful?

Could a very low calorie diet be successful?

It can be under medi: It depends on how many colories but 800 calories diet can be successful if done under close medical supervision with vitamin supplements and regular follow ups. ...Read more

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What happens when you go on a very low calorie diet?

What happens when you go on a very low calorie diet?

Tissue breakdown: Very low calorie diets puts a person in ketosis. The body does not have the proper amounts of protein, carbohydrates and fat to carry out all the functions it has to do. You will lose fat, for sure, but you will do this at the expense of losing protein, thus muscle breakdown. A very low calorie diet shold not be undertaken unless under the care of a doctor well versed in the diet and close f/u. ...Read more

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Doctors, what are the effects of a very low calorie diet?

Doctors, what are the effects of a very low calorie diet?

Extreme dieting: Extremely low calorie intake may lead to undernourishment and can actually lower metabolic rate. ...Read more

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Is there a way to prevent weight gain after a very low calorie diet?

Is there a way to prevent weight gain after a very low calorie diet?

Yes: Weight gain can be prevented or overcome by a permanent change in lifestyle and in personal outlook. If a person eats fewer calories than he needs to live on each day, his body will use the stored fuel (fat). If a person exercises more than he did before, but does not start eating more calories, then his body will use up the fat (stored fuel). Easier said than done, but definitely possible to do. ...Read more

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Will metabolism slow down on a very low calorie diet?

Will metabolism slow down on a very low calorie diet?

Yes: If your body does not get enough calories, it sends stress signals to the brain. These stress hormones try and preserve the body by decreasing energy used and in doing so slows the body's metabolism. ...Read more

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Will you still lose weight on a very low calorie diet if you are not in ketosis?

Will you still lose weight on a very low calorie diet if you are not in ketosis?

Yes: The danger of low calorie diet that is not balanced can cause essential muscle loss - puts your gut and heart in danger, can cause electrolyte imbalance and danger of creating gall stones - so do with caution and inform your pcp about your goal so he or she can work with you. ...Read more

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Is there anyone on a very low calorie diet for over a week?

Some fast that long: It is not recommended. Very low calorie diets are not sustainable. Best to reduce caloric intake by no more than 15% and sustain that. ...Read more

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I've been on a very low calorie diet for the past 10 days (been busy + have just forgotten food) will i put on weight if i start to eat normal again?

I've been on a very low calorie diet for the past 10 days (been busy + have just forgotten food) will i put on weight if i start to eat normal again?

Maybe: You may put on a few pounds as your body restores its glycogen. Make sure when you start eating again you drink plenty of water and eat healthy. Lean protein, lots of vegetables, small amount of whole grain and 1-2 fruits. Just don't go crazy with fast food or junk food. ...Read more

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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