- Dr. Kavita added an answer: 2011-07-06 13:05:05
Generally, no. Rapid weight loss is generally caused by depriving your body of essential nutrients resulting in health problems. However if you have had a history of healthy eating, restricting food intake for a very short while can do no harm. That said, it is not advisable since you will tend to regain the weight very rapidly too after you resume normal eating.
- Dr. Kavita added a question: 2011-07-06 13:04:52
- Dr. Kavita added an answer: 2011-07-06 13:04:03
Yes. The only safe option is a very low calorie diet (VLCD) which is carried out under medical supervision. The meals are supervised by a health and nutrition specialist, and weight loss of upto 25% of body weight is possible at the end of 12 weeks. The only drawback is that VLCDs tend to be prohibitively expensive.
- Dr. Kavita added a question: 2011-07-06 13:03:48
- Dr. Kavita added an answer: 2011-07-06 13:02:39
Except for very low calorie diets (VLCDs) the effectiveness of rapid weight loss products and techniques are generally not proven. Pills and other medication only work best in combination with a controlled diet and exercise, and their side effects are still not completely documented. Many medications and techniques are also not regulated by government authorities.
- Dr. Kavita added a question: 2011-07-06 13:02:21
- Dr. Kavita added an answer: 2011-07-06 13:01:36
Absolutely not. HCG involves injections of the HCG hormone to suppress hunger and boost metabolism. However there is no scientific evidence to prove the effectiveness of the HCG hormone for weight loss. You will definitely lose weight, but that can be attributed to the intake of only 500 calories a day, rather than the HCG hormone itself.
- Dr. Kavita added a question: 2011-07-06 13:01:22
- Dr. Kavita added an answer: 2011-07-06 12:59:53
The minimum daily calorie intake recommended for a healthy adult varies between 1200 and 1500 which is considered necessary to sustain body functions. By consuming only one-third of this requirement, you will not be unable to meet your daily requirements of the major food groups, and suffer from the health risks associated with malnutrition and undernourishment.
- Dr. Kavita added a question: 2011-07-06 12:59:44
- Dr. Kavita added an answer: 2011-07-06 12:59:19
The truth is not for very long. It is impossible to survive on 500 calories a day for extended periods of time, without severely endangering your health. One day you will ultimately have to give up this diet and resume normal eating. When that happens, you will regain weight just as rapidly as you lost it.
- Dr. Kavita added a question: 2011-07-06 12:59:12
- Dr. Kavita added an answer: 2011-07-06 12:58:44
If you cannot meet your daily nutritional needs, you run the risk of adversely affecting your bowel movements, as well as affecting your body’s ability to absorb food when you finally do eat normal food. This in turn can end up causing irreparable damage to your immune system which may lead to other health problems in the long run.
- Dr. Kavita added a question: 2011-07-06 12:58:34
- Dr. Kavita added an answer: 2011-07-06 12:58:11
High-protein diets have generally proven to be more successful at weight loss by controlling hunger levels, restricting caloric intake and helping to develop muscle mass, which in turn helps to trigger metabolism. It is believed, though not proved, that this may be due to the fact that high levels of proteins result in the brain receiving lower levels of appetite enhancing hormones.
- Dr. Kavita added a question: 2011-07-06 12:58:02
- Dr. Kavita added an answer: 2011-07-06 12:57:38
Normal protein requirements for adults range from 56 grams a day for males and 46 grams for women. Intake can safely increase to upto 120 grams a day for those on high-protein diets, but even higher levels are generally not considered harmful, unless you are suffering from kidney diseases. Experts recommend increasing intake only under medical supervision.
- Dr. Kavita added a question: 2011-07-06 12:57:29
- Dr. Kavita added an answer: 2011-07-06 12:57:05
There is generally no harm in increasing protein intakes, but this decision cannot be taken without considering your own individual lifestyle and preferences. It may also be possible that your body does not respond positively to a high-protein diet. It is recommended that proteins should not be increased at the expense of the other food groups.
- Dr. Kavita added a question: 2011-07-06 12:56:58
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