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Could you lose weight if you just ate healthier?

Could you lose weight if you just ate healthier?

Eat healthier: Absolutely! I am a bariatric surgeon, but i counsel my patients on healthy eating and that alone can result in significant weight loss. Of course, increasing your level of physical activity will also improve your results. Reduce your intake of carbohydrates and sugars, and increase your intake of lean protein, veggies, and fruits. ...Read more

Dr. Erik Borncamp
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Lose Weight (Definition)

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'm trying to lose weight but i ate mcdonald's food! i feel bad. How can I control my urges?

I'm trying to lose weight but i ate mcdonald's food! i feel bad. How can I control my urges?

Calories count: You can lose weight even with mcdonalds if you make good choices. Avoiding fries or eating half the amount can help. Choosing a diet soda or water instead of calorie sugar drinks. ...Read more

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I ate 1350 calories on my diet with 30 minutes exercise. Will i not lose weight?

I ate 1350 calories on my diet with 30 minutes exercise. Will i not lose weight?

It depends: On your metabolic rate which is determined by your age, gender, weight, and hormonal status. If you are overweight or obese 1300 cal diet as well as daily exercise should result in weight loss unless you have an underlying endocrine problems like low thyroid function or adrenal fatigue. I suggest varying your exercise between cardio, yoga, and weight training to improve your metabolism. ...Read more

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So i'm curious if i ate nothing but salad and water for a week, would i lose weight quickly?

Fast weight loss: Probably lose 2-3 pounds that would be mostly water weight, but it is not fat weight loss and it is not sustainable. ...Read more

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I know you shouldn't do this but: if i ate 500 calories today would i lose weight in one day?

Not likely: A one day diet doesn't change much. Your body would just crave more the next day to make up the loss. ...Read more

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Losing weight fast with soup. If i ate this soup for 7 days straight, would i lose weight quickly?

Losing weight fast with soup. If i ate this soup for 7 days straight, would i lose weight quickly?

Depends on soup: If you are losing weight with soup you probably will continue to lose. However, you may not be getting all the nutrients you need, based on the type of soup, such as protein, fatty acids, vitamins, and minerals necessary to stay healthy. Don't get carried away with a diet that lacks nutrients and causes fast weight loss only to see yourself become sick. ...Read more

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I'm trying to lose weight , my daily calories that I eat is 1,000 and today I ate 1,017 will I gain weight? :(

I'm trying to lose weight , my daily calories that I eat is 1,000 and today I ate 1,017 will I gain weight? :(

Not from 17: Your daily caloric intake is not the entire story. It is affected by your age, activity level, and base metabolism. But whatever the measure is, 17 calories won't make the difference. Focusing on a healthy, balanced lifestyle will do more for you than strictly counting calories. ...Read more

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If I ate 1,000 calories a day to lose weight , and now I start eating around 1,060 calories a day will I gain weight?

If I ate 1,000 calories a day to lose weight , and now I start eating around 1,060 calories a day will I gain weight?

Don't count calories: Counting calories is not the answer! The quality of the food you eat and physical activity is more important. You can lose weight and be fatter while gaining weight and be leaner. Limit sugar from your diet, include lean meats (grain fed, free range, no antibiotics), eliminate processed food and include health sources of fat (no trans). And exercise! ...Read more

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Good diet, exercise, tried everything in the world, can't lose weight, gain a few pounds; ate "junk" food and lost a few pounds. What is this?!

Good diet, exercise, tried everything in the world, can't lose weight, gain a few pounds; ate "junk" food and lost a few pounds. What is this?!

An attempt: to justify the eating of junk food rather than significantly decreasing your total food intake, eating high quality food and exercising more to lose weight and live healthier the rest of your life. You're looking at a coincidence to justify your current unhealthy behavior. ...Read more

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If I ate cottage cheese every day & drank water every day, will I lose weight fast?

If I ate cottage cheese every day & drank water every day, will I lose weight fast?

Yes: Loosing weight fast is dangerous can hurt major organs like heart and intestine - safer to do steady weight loss that is balanced. ...Read more

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I want to lose weight and I am breastfeeding, if i ate less rice, does the milk supply also decrease?

I want to lose weight and I am breastfeeding, if i ate less rice, does the milk supply also decrease?

No: Eating less rice shouldn't change the breast milk flow. White rice is plain carbohydrate (carbs), so eating a lot of rice isn't healthy anyway. A woman can lose weight while breastfeeding if she eats fewer calories per day than is needed for her personal needs plus for the production of breast milk. ...Read more

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I've tried eating healthier, drank more water, ate more fiber...but I can't work out much (many injuries and pain). How can I lose weight with IBS?

I've tried eating healthier, drank more water, ate more fiber...but I can't work out much (many injuries and pain).  How can I lose weight with IBS?

Eat less: the most difficult task is to eat less. definitely consult your primary doc to make sure you have no medical problems. A dietitian can certainly help. ...Read more

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If I only ate 300 calories and drank a lot of water each day would I lose weight and burn fat from working out faster?

Yikes!: Only 300 calories a day would be very hard to manage long term- it's practically starvation! Likely to be very hard to stick with and I bet you'd be too fatigued to work out effectively. I would be less drastic. Try a healthy balanced diet with mild caloric restriction over the long term, this is much more likely to produce lasting success. Remember, slow and steady wins the race! ...Read more

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I ate too much breakfast?Im 5'8 180 need 2 lose weight! had tbsp of almonds, handful black beans, 1 avacodo, half of thick chicken breast, cup skim milk

Big Breakfast: It is important to have a large breakfast so that you are fueled for the rest of the day. Try snacking very small amounts throughout the day. So you should have three small meals and two snacks in your day. Include exercise in this and you should begin loosing weight. ...Read more