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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
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
Very easy.: While eating, when you realize that you can eat 5 more bites, stop. Wigh yourself in similar clothes, same time once a week and make a chart. See that you don't gain weight weekly. ...Read more
It depends: On your height, weight, sex, age and metabolic rate. On average a young male on a very low calorie diet (800 kcal/day) can lose up to 4-5 lbs. In a week (female 2-3 lbs./week). The heavier the start weight, the more the weight loss, unless an underlying disease like low thyroid function is in place. With intense exercise (cardio and weights) the weight loss can be more obviously. ...Read more
Just out of curiosity is it possible to be on a very low calorie diet but not lose weight if consuming too much foods that cause bloating like sodium?
Bloating can be a: Sign of food allergies or gluten intolerance. Have yourself tested to make sure you know what you're allergic too. It's not the calories consumed, but the proportion of carbs to protein that will help you loose weight. Less than 1/2 cup of carbs is good with 2/3 of your plate with organic veges of 5 colors, and 4 oz of protein, lots of purified water after your meal. 1/4 cup fruit/day. Good luck! ...Read more
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 can't manage to lose anymore weight and I'm really getting worried. I'm on a very low calorie diet and workout everyday. What's wrong?
I'm on a very low calorie diet &my protein intake is low. Doc says it's ok &that I can resume normal protein after I've lost weight. What do you think?
Yes: With crash dieting, it is very difficult to keep weight down. You have to be physically and emotionally ready to loose weight and keep it down. So loose weight slowly. ...Read more
Is there any reason why I gain weight very easily now even on a low calorie diet as about 3 to 4 years ago I would eat more & not gain weight at all??
Don't starve urself: If u don't eat too often and wait too many hours to eat the body will store what it can into lipids=fat cells because it feels it should hibernate. If u eat every 2-3 hours the body feels it needs to burn off the food. Other aspects to consider are u'r thyroid, sex hormones like estrogen or Progesterone or even testosterone-but they would also come with unusual hair in areas u may not have had. ...Read more
Not for young kids: Obese young children who are still growing in height can stay on a low (not extremely low) calorie balanced diet. They should lose enough weight to drop down from the "severely obese" BMI range, into the "obese" range. Then, they can take advantage of their height growth combined with moderate caloric restriction, to gradually drop into the "normal" BMI range over a 1-2 year period. Exercise too! ...Read more
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
When you do a very low calorie diet you change your metabolism into a starvation mode.
Therefore, the body is going to have to adapt. Thyroid included. It can be dangerous to do this without medical supervision. Many times I have had patients try this on their own and end up with a Gallbladder attack. Have not had thyroid issues in my practice. ...Read more
Will a week of refeed (eating about 3000 calorie aday) will reset metabolism after 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
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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