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What is the difference between a fad diet and a low calorie diet?

What is the difference between a fad diet and a low calorie diet?

Diets: Fad diets are marketing ploys to promote a concept that has more to do with making money than with a well-balanced diet that promotes long-term compliance conducive with a healthy lifestyle. Many of these diets are also low calorie diets. A low calorie diet is a diet that provides extremely low calories in order to produce significant weight loss. They can be unbalanced and cause problems. ...Read more

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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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Need advice on what is the the difference between a low carb diet, a low fat diet, and a low calorie diet?

Need advice on what is the the difference between a low carb diet, a low fat diet, and a low calorie diet?

Food is Energy/nutri: Our food is a source of energy in the form of calories.3 key nutrients our body needs are carbs, proteins and fat. We need to eat a balanced diet with about a third of each nutrient. Once you understand these concepts you will find answers to your questions. Healthy food should have ample proteins which come from eggs, low fat milk, tofu and fish. Add to it fruits & veggies. Yu're eating healthy! ...Read more

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What are the differences between a low fat diet and a low calorie diet?

What are the differences between a low fat diet and a low calorie diet?

Many: Low calorie diets are usually between 1000 and 1200 calories females, allow for some fats (mostly the "good" fats). They should be balanced with complex carbs (not refined) and good quality protein. The "low fat diets" only work if you don't substitute sugar and simple carb calories for the fat you don't eat. Low fat diets did not work in the 1980's because sugar/carbs were consumed instead of fat. ...Read more

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How is a fad diet different than a low calorie diet?

How is a fad diet different than a low calorie diet?

Fad diet vs low cal: This is what they call an "age old" question: Which diet works best? There are LOTS of diets out there, most of which actually work to induce weight loss. The real issue is KEEPING THE WEIGHT OFF. I recommend people find a diet they can actually stay on for LIFE. Lower calories, increasing exercise, avoiding processed foods, and drinking at least 64 oz of water. That's a diet for life! ...Read more

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Are potatoes good for a low calorie diet?

Are potatoes good for a low calorie diet?

It's all relative.: For very low calorie diets, potatoes are relatively high calorie [1 cup of diced potato is 55 calories] compared to 1 serving of turnips or even better deal cooked radishes/daikon. But potatoes are a good deal compared to 1/2 cup of white rice [120 calories], 1 cup of noodles, bread or bagels. So it depends on how low you're trying to go. ...Read more

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What are the types of beans to eat for a low calorie diet?

What are the types of beans to eat for a low calorie diet?

Any kind: Beans in general are excellent food. They are very high in fiber, have a high quality protein, and are low in fat. They are an excellent part of a balanced diet. My personal favorite is black beans! ...Read more

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How is being on a low-calorie diet different from being anorexic?

How is being on a low-calorie diet different from being anorexic?

Anorexia = illness: Being on a low calorie diet = being on a diet that is low in calories.

Anorexia nervosa = believing that one's body is abnormal contrary to perceptions of others (example: someone who is very thin insisting that he/she is too fat); obsessing about possibility of weight gain; insisting on being underweight, even if it is affecting his/her health severely. It can be a life-threatening illness. ...Read more

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How safe is a low calorie diet?

How safe is a low calorie diet?

How low?: Very strict diets run the risk of dehydration and ketosis and possibilities to faint, develop anemia or electrolyte disturbances (low potassium, calcium, magnesium, low vitamins etc.) less than 1200 cal/ day are probably too restrictive. ...Read more

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I need to know what is a low calorie diet?

I need to know what is a low calorie diet?

Short answer: It seems logical that if calories are the problem, you would want to eat as few of them as possible to speed weight loss. As a general rule, people need a minimum of 1, 200 calories daily to stay healthy. People who have a strenuous fitness routine or perform many daily activities need more calories. If you have reduced your calorie intake below 1, 200 calories a day, you could be hurting your body ...Read more

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Should I be eating muffins on a low calorie diet?

Should I be eating muffins on a low calorie diet?

Muffins HiCarb, ↓Loss: What are your goals? Calories are units of heat to warm h20 as measured in a calorimeter, not by eating & routinely guessed for ↓$, per usual practices. Study: wikipedia. Org/calorimeter, nusi. Org, lustig, taubes, attia, enig, dietdoctor, videos: big fat lies, mcgovern's report, sugar the bitter truth, science for smart people, big fat fiasco, why we get fat & my answers on healthtap. ...Read more

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While on a low calorie diet, where does the fat go?

Low Calorie Diets: When you are on a low calorie diet, there is a deficit of daily calories, so that the additional calories required to keep you going are drained from the body's stored form of energy (calories), the fat which is contained in fat cells. ...Read more

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What should I do to shed weight on a low calorie diet?

What should I do to shed weight on a low calorie diet?

Persevere with it: It is a long term goal which requires persistence with your good eating behavior. It will slowly give you the results you want but be pateint and aim to lose about 1 pound each week or over 2 weeks. Add regular exercise to your low calorie eating, you will see better results from the combined efforts. Good luck. ...Read more

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How can you switch from a low calorie diet to a normal diet?

How can you switch from a low calorie diet to a normal diet?

Just go ahead and do: There is no magic formula. Just proceed yet eat healthy which means low fat diet with ample amount of proteins which come from eggs, tofu, low fat milk and yogurt and fish. Add to it ample amount of veggies and fruits with each meal, you will do well for your long term good health. ...Read more

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I am about to start a low calorie diet wil it be ok to train in the gym 4 days a week?

I am about to start a low calorie diet wil it be ok to train in the gym 4 days a week?

There may be danger: There could be some danger if you are not adequately hydrated and have not taken enough energy (that is calories) to expend during excercise. ...Read more

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Is a low calorie diet a good way to lose weight?

Is a low calorie diet a good way to lose weight?

Not necessarily: In many cases the low cal diet can signal to the thyroid that you are in starvation mode thus preventing weight loss. A surer way to lose weight is by eating a meditteranean style diet minus any grains containing gluten and including low glycemic foods. Eating 3 meals and 2 snacks may show more results than calorie counting. Let me know how you do. ...Read more

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How much time will take to lose weight on a low calorie diet?

How much time will take to lose weight on a low calorie diet?

Difficult: Low-carb diet is likely to promote weight loss, at least at first, but risky. Weight loss may or may not continue long term, depending on your commitment to following the eating plan. If you abandon the low-carb diet and return to your former eating habits, you may regain any lost weight. ...Read more

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Please answer me. Is a low calorie diet healthy if the foods are healthy but low calorie?

Please answer me. Is a low calorie diet healthy if the foods are healthy but low calorie?

See below: Depends on what you mean as low calorie. and what you consider healthy. I might understand better so give me more information of what you are asking! ...Read more

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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??

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

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Can I keep and gain muscle on a low calorie diet?

Probably not: It wold depend on the amount of protein you consume and how much you work out to develop and keep the muscles. Low calorie diets may not supply the anount of carbs, protein and fat you will need to maintain. It would depend on your height and weight and age. I would be very careful, work with a reputable sports trainer, sports medicine doctor and reputable nutritionist. Danger! Will robinson! ...Read more

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What is the best type of seafood to include on a low calorie diet?

What is the best type of seafood to include on a low calorie diet?

Salmon for dieters: One of the best foods from the sea is wild salmon as it is one of the few foods that also provides essential fatty acids e.g. Omega 3 oil along with excellent protein. ...Read more

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Can a low calorie diet affect your period?

Yes: A consistently low calorie diet leading to significant and/or rapid weight loss can cause the body's hormonal balance to become disrupted. It is not uncommon for someone who is significantly underweight or who has lost weight very rapidly to experience amenorrhea, or the absence of menstruation. ...Read more

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Can eating a low calorie diet effect your period?

Menstrual cycle: Yes. Anorexia is a cause of abnormal period, very low calorie diet might cause the same symptoms. Please consult a dietitian before doing a low calorie regimen. ...Read more

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Is a low carb diet better than a low calorie diet?

Similar: Usually carbs are higher in calories. If goal is to lose weight you must have low calorie diet, hoping most of your calories are coming from Proteins. Hypogycemic low calorie Carbohydrates can be integrated to your diet. Avoid Starches in general, count your calories. ...Read more

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How can I get constipation relieved when on a low calorie diet?

Fiber/fluids: Low calorie diet should include high fiber meals and you need to drink 80-100 ounces of noncafeinated, non alcoholic fluid daily. Calories have nothing to do with constipation. ...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