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Is restricting calories a good way to lose unwanted weight?

 

Q. I don’t eat a thousand calories a day. I’m wanting to ask. Do I need to eat more? I gained some weight and trying to loose it. Just trying to find a balance.

 

A. One thousand calories a day is typically not enough food intake for healthy weight loss. Slow weight loss with healthy foods in the right amounts is easier on the body and the weight is usually kept off longer. Daily caloric intake depends on activity level in addition to sex, age, height, and weight. The more active a person is means more calories are needed to account for expenditure. The USDA has information available to determine how many calories you need on a daily basis. To lose weight, try to increase your activity level and consume slightly fewer calories than the recommended amount. For healthy weight loss, make sure half your plate is fruits and vegetables, and eat whole-grains, low-fat dairy and lean meats. Check out our amazing fruit & veggie recipes for healthy meals.

 
 
 
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