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Will eating 500 calories less a day lead to a one pound weight loss per week?

Will eating 500 calories less a day lead to a one pound weight loss per week?

Yes but...: Only if you look at it as a math equation. In truth, there are many other factors to consider, such as your activity level, and hormone status. Also, you may loose muscle as well as fat if all you do is cut the calories. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Losing 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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Is eating 1200 calorie to lose weight healthy?

Is eating 1200 calorie to lose weight healthy?

It depends...: This depends on your size, activity level and the type of calories (low-glycemic foods help the most). Most people will lost weight on a 1200 calorie diet but weight loss on such a diet will be temporary unless you make long-term changes in your diet. You are more likely to become deficient in vitamins and minerals so should take a multivitamin. Please see http://bit.Ly/19csbtw and my comment:. ...Read more

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226 lbs eating about 1200 calories. Could i lose weight by eating 75-80 carbs daily?

226 lbs eating about 1200 calories. Could i lose weight by eating 75-80 carbs daily?

CutCarbs AsLowAsAble: The key is not calories (measured in a calorimeter, not by eating) but food choices. Go hf/lc, cut all carbs (even non-sugar sweeteners) which drive insulin+amylin output & hunger, eat when hungry, wt daily to 0.1 lb & record. Fat will start coming off within days to weeks. Exercise can help but is mostly for other benefits. Study my other answers, dietdoctor, science for smart people, nusi.Org. ...Read more

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Is consuming 920 calories a day ok? I'm trying to lose weight by exercising & counting calories. I'm 140 lbs, ideal weight is my prebaby weight of 122

Is consuming 920 calories a day ok? I'm trying to lose weight by exercising & counting calories. I'm 140 lbs, ideal weight is my prebaby weight of 122

Many more ?s: It is possible to eat around 1, 000 cal per day to loose weight. The trick is getting the proper nutrition and vitamins into that constrained calorie count. I would also say that exercise at that calorie level would need to be temporarily halved or stopped, depending on what you are doing and how intense the workout is. A better approach may be a few more calories with moderate exercise. ...Read more

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What amount weight would you lose eating 500 calories a day and exercising every other day?

What amount weight would you lose eating 500 calories a day and exercising every other day?

3500 calories is 1lb: 500 calories is very low, and if prescribed by a physician can be used for a short time. Pounds are lost by losing 3500 calories. So in a day if you eat 500 calories and your body burns 1500 calories through exercise and basal metabolism, you lose 1000 calories a day. Takes 3.5 days to lose 1 pound. So it depends on the calories your body burns. Varies by metabolism and exercise. ...Read more

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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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Will i gain weight on 600 calories a day?

Will i gain weight on 600 calories a day?

That could happen: It is far too few calories. If you eat this small an amount regularly - your metabolic rate will likely begin to drop. ...Read more

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How much weight would a 165lb. Female lose consuming 500 calories per day?

How much weight would a 165lb. Female lose consuming 500 calories per day?

500 calories a day: 1 pound a day for first few then slower but will eventually die on this number of calories after getting to look like a Dachau prisoner. ...Read more

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Will eating a vegetarian diet for 30 days, jumpstart a significant weight loss?

Will eating a vegetarian diet for 30 days, jumpstart a significant weight loss?

Yes, and...: This is a great way to end unhealthy eating habits. Vegetarian fare isn't as greasy / sugary / salty / yummy as the stuff that most of us overeat. Even better -- why not "jumpstart" a whole new lifestyle based on fitness-based activities, as much a choice-of-friends issue as anything? They'll guide you on reprogramming your mind and body for a far better life long-term. ...Read more

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Can i lose more weight on the abc diet or by eating 200 calories a day and fasting one day a week?

Can i lose more weight on the abc diet or by eating 200 calories a day and fasting one day a week?

Both are: essentially starvation diets. You may end up gaining weight in the end because your body will catabolize muscle mass. This will decreased metabolic rate and you can regain weight quite easily. ...Read more

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To lose 1pound per week one should have a 3500 calorie deficit. If i take 1200 calories a day then to lose weight I should burn 1700 calories a day?

To lose 1pound per week one should have a 3500 calorie deficit. If i take 1200 calories a day then to lose weight I should  burn 1700 calories a day?

Math looks correct: In theory, the math works. In reality, how would one know she is burning 1700 calories a day? It's hard enough trying to figure out how many calories one is eating, but it's a lot harder to figure out how many calories are being used! ...Read more

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Can you eat a little sugar during weight loss diet?

Can you eat a little sugar during weight loss diet?

Why: Why take in any extra calories (particularly empty calories without any nutrition or benefit) when you are trying to reduce caloric intake to lose weight. That makes absolutely no sense, does it? ...Read more

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Could i lose more weight on the abc diet or by eating 200 calories a day and fasting one day a week?

Could i lose more weight on the abc diet or by eating 200 calories a day and fasting one day a week?

Both ideas are: dangerous. Both are essentially starvation diets. You may end up gaining weight in the end because your body will catabolize muscle mass. This will decreased metabolic rate and you can regain weight quite easily. ...Read more

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Does my diet cause more thirst? Trying to lose weight by eating only a few carbs

Does my diet cause more thirst? Trying to lose weight by eating only a few carbs

Diet & thirst: Anything that dries your mouth will cause you to be thirsty. Water has no nutrient value & does not affect wt. ...Read more

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Will a week of refeed (eating about 3000 calorie aday) will reset metabolism after very low calorie diet ?

Possibly: This type of periodic uptick in calorie intake has been successful for some athletes who train regularly and hard. But, no guarantees! ...Read more

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What quantity of calories a day should I eat for weight loss?

What quantity of calories a day should I eat for weight loss?

It depends: The amount of caloric restriction needed to lose weight depends on your age, height, current weight, gender, and activity level. There are many sites online to calculate this. Most men can lose weight by restricting to 1500-1800 calories daily, and most women can lose on 1200-1500 calories daily. The larger and more active you are, the more calories you can consume and still lose weight. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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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


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