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Can I lose weight by eating 500 calories a day?

Manuel Villacorta
Nutrition & Dietetics
Many of us think that the fewer calories we eat, the better off we are. This is simply not true. While we do need to cut calories -- or create a caloric deficit -- to lose weight, it's important we don't go too low. There's a popular fad diet right now that recommends that women eat 500 calories a day while taking hormone injections. Clearly, the hormone injections are tricking the body in some fashion, but I can tell you that 500 calories a day is never okay under any circumstances! This is a dangerously low amount to be consuming, and it poses all kinds of serious health risks.
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