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How can cutting too many calories prevent me from losing weight?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
It may seem counterintuitive, but cutting too many calories from your diet can be bad for your waistline. Because 3,500 calories equals about 1 pound of fat, you would need to cut 3,500 calories out of your diet each week to lose 1 pound a week. In order to do this, you’d have to cut 500 calories a day to lose 1 pound a week.

The problem with severely restricting diets, however, is that they jolt your body into “starvation mode,” preventing your body from burning unwanted fat. This mechanism, which is thought to have evolved as a defense against starvation, helps the body make the most of the calories it gets from food and drink; the body, in order to keep functioning, then looks to get some of it calories from lean muscle. This results in muscle loss. Less muscle means a slower metabolic rate -- and in this case, stalled weight loss.
This content originally appeared on doctoroz.com

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