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If you eat the right amount of calories, can you lose weight no matter what kind of food you're eating?

Asked by freckles (363points) February 7th, 2010

I am using a calorie calculator that tells you how many calories you need to maintain your weight, and if you take away 500 calories from that number you have a daily calorie goal that you can lose weight with.

So far I have lost about 3 pounds over two weeks of doing this, so it is working. But I am wondering, with all the stuff written about what combination of carbs, fiber, protien, ect. is good for weight loss, do I need to get more specific in my eating restrictions to keep losing, or is counting calories enough. Obviously if I ate just sugar or fat for my 1500 calories, that wouldn’t work. But I mean if I’m just eating normal food.

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lucillelucillelucille's avatar

You could lose faster by eating more calories in the form of protein.It is best to balance it out though.

stranger_in_a_strange_land's avatar

You would be much better off by eating a balanced diet at the maintenance calorie level and increasing your exercise to burn off the difference. Weight loss is more permanent that way. Less chance of “yo-yo” after you reach your goal.

john65pennington's avatar

Be sure to take a multi-vitamin daily, no matter what plan you choose.

hungryhungryhortence's avatar

You will lose weight but you might also lose tone and muscle mass along with chancing massive cravings for nutrients which might tempt you to eat more yuck foods than healthier ones.

Snarp's avatar

Yes, you can, but it’s easier to lose weight by eating the right kind of foods. And if the food you are eating is lacking in nutrients other than fat and sugar, then for you to reduce your calories enough to lose weight you will end up with nutritional deficiencies that could cause serious health problems.

JLeslie's avatar

Yes, but you might be unhealthy in other respects.

6rant6's avatar

If your weight is stable, then reducing your calories will absolutely cause you to lose weight.

Increasing your protein consumption a lot may cause a little more weight loss because it’s harder for your body to convert protein into energy so you get a little less energy from the calories. However, this “extra work” isn’t distributed over your body. Mostly it falls to your liver which has to work much harder and may suffer from the diet.

Taking starch and sugar (aka “carbs”) out of your diet is often effective because the things we snack on – candy, potato chips, bread – and the things we eat too much of – pizza, cookies, pasta – are off limits. So you don’t ruin the plan unconsciously.

But a well balanced diet that reduces your calorie intake is in every way healthier and will cause weight loss.

Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.

TehRoflMobile's avatar

You will probably lose weight, but that is just your appearance. You could eat small portions of bad food and still be unhealthy. Your organs will still get messed up.

In my opinion, focus on what you are eating, more then how much. ( I don’t struggle with weight, so this may be terrible help ;p)

JONESGH's avatar

Yes, but once you stop with this dieting you’ll gain it all back instantly. Go exercise

plethora's avatar

Low Glycemic eating is essential, according to my nutritionist, and following that advice has resulted in slow steady (and healhier) weight loss for me. Sugar does things to your body, as do sugar substitutes, including splenda, that cause your body to gain weight no matter the number of calories you are eating. If you want to lose it and keep it off, start by eating nothing that has more than 6g of sugars per serving. Check the labels.

Simone_De_Beauvoir's avatar

I have also followed a calorie calculator and reduced my intake to 1700–1900/day (that with a switch over to veganism led me to lose 15 lbs in 2 months) – but that is only the first step – you have to go to, put in your givens and see which foods you need to consume – for example, you can’t just eat foods high in fats because your body won’t feel so good about those – you need to have a healthy amount of grains, fruits and veggies in your diet. I would also suggest seeing a nutritionist and ditto on the multi-vitamin, calcium supplement, etc.

coolshaymin's avatar

actually, it does depend on the food, not the amout of calories.

cscairns's avatar

It doesn’t matter. A guy I saw online did a Twinkie diet, he ate mostly junk food but kept his calories limited, and he lost 27 pounds.

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