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Will eating one meal a day and jogging twice or three times a week help me lose weight?

Will eating one meal a day and jogging twice or three times a week help me lose weight?

How big a meal?: You need to have a negtive caloric balance to lose weight. It would be better to eat small meals and exercise, one large meal is not a healthy practice. ...Read more

Dr. Suzanne Galli
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Many people resolve to lose weight in the New Year for different reasons. For those who are overweight or obese, there are many health benefits to losing weight. It can help decrease your chances of developing diseases including diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, osteoarthritis, and even certain types of cancer. Low-calorie diets combined with increased physical activity are thought to be most effective long term. The healthiest weight loss regimen, therefore, is one that consists of making lifestyle changes that incorporate a balanced diet ...Read more


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I have been eating one meal a day for about 8 months and running daily. How can I increase how much eat while continue to lose weight?

I have been eating one meal a day for about 8 months and running daily. How can I increase how much eat while continue to lose weight?

Eat and lose weight: Eating one meal a day will actually make it harder to lose weight. That will actually slow your metabolism down. Eating 3, or even 5 small meals a day is much better believe it or not. You can have 4 small meals/snacks throughout the day and have a high protein & vegetable meal at the end of the day. The frequent meals tends to speed up your metabolism (just don't over eat). Keep up the exercise! ...Read more

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Is it safe to lose weight by not eating if i take multi-vitamins? I am trying to lose weight. If i only don't eat, or only eat one meal a day, will i lose weight and still be healthy? Some people say i won't get enough nutrients, so I am taking multi-vita

Is it safe to lose weight by not eating if i take multi-vitamins? I am trying to lose weight. If i only don't eat, or only eat one meal a day, will i lose weight and still be healthy? Some people say i won't get enough nutrients, so I am taking multi-vita

It : It is not likely that you will have sustained weight loss just from fasting. This is because your body will interpret this as starvation and will "hold on for dear life" to the fat in your body to keep you going. Vitamins are not enough nutrition to prevent this problem. Eating only once a day probably also will not be effective. I have heard that sumo wrestlers actually make themselves gain weight by eating only twice a day, getting hungry between meals. What happens specifically with eating very little (one of the ways the body adapts to calorie restriction) is that your thyroid metabolism changes, so that the T4 made by your thyroid gland converts to reverse T3 (liothyronine) instead of the active T3 (liothyronine) that your body needs to function. This is nature's way of protecting us from starvation. Anything your body interprets as "physiologic stress" will cause this phenomenon, including dieting, depression or illness. This is why an effective diet program must include enough total calories and balanced nutrition (complex carbohydrates, protein and fat) to give your body what it needs while inducing a fat-burning state. ...Read more

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If I normally eat irregular. 3, 000 cals. A day and strt only one meal a day that's 1500 cals and same time each day will I lose weight?

If I normally eat irregular. 3, 000 cals. A day and strt only one meal a day that's 1500 cals and same time each day will I lose weight?

Weight loss: Yes. Weight gain is totally due to the number of calories you eat. Calorie intake can be reduced either by cutting down the total number of calories consumed or by exercising to work off the calories. If you cut your total calories in half you will lose a lot of weight (but one large meal a day diets are difficult to stay with); if you exercise, you will lose even more. ...Read more

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I eat one meal a day but I still don't lose weight. Why?

I eat one meal a day but I still don't lose weight. Why?

Bad technique: Eating less frequent or skipping meals slows down your metabolism which is counterproductive to achieve weight loss goals. Instead, one should eat low calories meals but frequently, i.e., breakfast, snack, lunch, snack and dinner. This will help you achieve your weight loss goals which appear contrary to your thinking but it works. ...Read more

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I have been trying to lose weight for months with one meal a day and excercise. I have had a tooth removed and hardly eaten in a wk and no change wei?

I have been trying to lose weight for months with one meal a day and excercise.  I have had a tooth removed and hardly eaten in a wk and no change wei?

Better way: I am not in expert in weight loss but i think your approach might not be the best method to effectively lose weight. My understanding is the more efficient methods actually increase the frequency of meals with smaller portions and limiting high glycemic index food sources. Staving or fasting from food actually increases certain hormones to encourage fat storage rather than stoking your metabolism. ...Read more

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Is it wise for 31-year-old male to eat one meal a day to lose weight in the belly fat IBM is 23.9 is that normal ?

Is it wise for 31-year-old male to eat one meal a day to lose weight in the belly fat IBM is 23.9 is that normal ?

BMI of 23.9 is: within normal range. You can't specifically spot lose fat. Dropping to one meal per day may lower your metabolic rate and lead to weight gain in the long run. ...Read more

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Hi im trying to lose weight how do I stop the hunger pangs between meals ? Will appitite suppresants help if so which one ?

Hi im trying to lose weight how do I stop the hunger pangs between meals ? Will appitite suppresants help if so which one ?

Hunger pains: Certainly if one could answer this question it would help alot of peope. Hopefully just think positive about your results. Take a walk. Eat a piece of celery of fruit. Get a good list of little calorie snacks if you need to put something in your stomach. There may be a roll for appetite suppressants-which are stimulants- would need to talk to your pcp if all else has failed. ...Read more

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Can a diet of eating fruits n nuts during the day and only large meal is dinner can a diet like that help me lose weight? If NT what can?

Can a diet of eating fruits n nuts during the day and only large meal is dinner can a diet like that help me lose weight? If NT what can?

Calories count: The calories in your total daily intake may help determine if you will lose weight. Being active and increasing your metabolism daily will help. Try not to exceed the amount of calories you need in a day- try to take in about 200-300 less calories a day in order to lose 1/2 to one pound a week. ...Read more

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Will i lose weight by eating 3 small meals a day?

Will i lose weight by eating 3 small meals a day?

Depends: It depends on what is in those meals. Meals full of sugar and saturated fat. Even if small. May not contribute to weight loss. Small meals composed of wild fish like salmon, fruits, vegetables, nuts, beans, seeds, and whole grains should be expected to work. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if I am likely to lose weight eating weight watchers frozen meals every day?

Can you tell me if I am likely to lose weight eating weight watchers frozen meals every day?

Nothing magical: There's nothing magically added to a weight watcher's meal except they control the calories and portion size. Weight loss all comes down to calories in versus calories out. If you eat 10 frozen meals a day, it won't help. If you add a bunch of snacks in between and a soda or sugary drink, it won't help. But if this is included as part of an overall sensible diet, it can aid in weight loss. ...Read more

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Will this help me lose weight? Eat 6 small lean cuisines or meals per day.

Will this help me lose weight? Eat 6 small lean cuisines or meals per day.

Depends on calories: Most lean cuisine meals are about 300 calories a piece, so 6 a day would be 1800 calories. Depending on your size, age, and gender you have a resting metabolic rate which burns some calories (for a 150 lb person about 1400 a day) and if you exercise you could end up burning 300 to 400 more so that would mean you would just burn slightly more than you take in. Try myplate.Gov for good advice. ...Read more

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Explain to me how eating frequent small meals helps you lose weight better than fasting?

Explain to me  how eating frequent small meals helps you lose weight better than fasting?

Avoid extremes: When you fast, your body will begin to prepare for a famine by slowing your metabolism down and keep it down until food is available again. Small frequent meals also help you avoid large swings in your blood sugar levels that tend to make you so hungry that you end up pigging out and eating so fast you can eat enough for 3 meals before you realize that you are full. ...Read more

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Is eating less meals/skipping meals to lose weight actually bad? I've heard that "starvation mode" is only an issue if you are barely eating.

Is eating less meals/skipping meals to lose weight actually bad? I've heard that "starvation mode" is only an issue if you are barely eating.

See below: Frequently skipping meals can signal the body to conserve calories as if it's being starved. Eating sensibly (portion control; healthful foods) 3 times a day (or several "minimeals") combined with exercise is the best way to lose weight. ...Read more

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Can you lose weight healthily by just eating low cal frozen meals?

Can you lose weight healthily by just eating low cal frozen meals?

Depends: It depends on how many of these meals you eat. If you eat fewer calories than you need, you will lose weight. Rough formula-your weight x 10= calories needed per day. If you take in 500 cal less per day, you will lose 1 pound per week. 1 pound of body weight equals 3500 cal. ...Read more

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If I substitute coke zero for 2 meals a day I will lose weight?

Yes,: Lowering energy intake will make you lose weight. Still need to make sure to take at least a one sensible meal a day and there will be a need for multivitamin intake due to decrease of food intake that may lead to some vitamin deficiency. ...Read more

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3 meals a day or 6 smaller meals? I'm trying to lose weight and build muscle fast.

3 meals a day or 6 smaller meals? I'm trying to lose weight and build muscle fast.

Six smaller meals: will help to balance blood sugar but that does not look like an issue for you. The content of the meals is more important. Low casb and higher protein is likely the best way to go. Check w/your doc. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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How many meals should I eat a day if I want to lose weight?

How many meals should I eat a day if I want to lose weight?

Wrong question: The number of meals does not matter, is the total calories you consume. By taking in fewer calories than you need, you will lose weight. Rough formula-weight in pounds x 10= number of calories needed per day. By decreasing your intake by 500 cal/day you can lose 1 pound per week. ...Read more