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Is my diet likely to work?

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Question - (15 January 2018) 10 Answers - (Newest, 17 January 2018)
A female United States age 18-21, *paziod writes:

Hey there folks. I am an unfit teen who is grossly over weight. I have heard about the apple a day thing. Does that work? I do excise Monday-Friday for about 40 mins. My mother has bad very bad eating habits, which I have grown up with and she'll continue eating that way. So I was the apple diet worked. And to clarify the question. Will the apple diet work is I excise at least 5 days a week, and drink plenty of water. THANK YOU!

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A female reader, anonymous, writes (17 January 2018):

I think if you eat an apple every day, along with a bunch of other healthy food it would be great. Some research shows that if you eat an apple and a pear at least once a day, you get a very good anti-oxidant benefit from that, more than other fruit combinations.

Check out the worlds healthiest foods website ( This will give you an idea of what kind of foods you should look to each each day. Make small changes each week and try to get more of these foods into your diet, and replace soda, processed foods, and fast food with them. Yes apples are in the list. Just don't eat ONLY apples, that is not enough nutrition for a healthy young adult.

Keep up with your exercise, and best of luck with your weight loss journey. Be patient with yourself and remember that your new diet will be how you want to eat from now on, not just in the short term.

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A male reader, Garbo United States +, writes (17 January 2018):

Garbo agony auntEating apples is good but eating only apples is not good because you are depriving your body of other nutrients. So if you are eating one apple a day, you are on a crash diet, which can appear to slim you down fast but the starvation is unsustainable and you will regain your weight back, and little more. Plus most of the weight loss, in first few days, is water weight, and even if you drink lot of water, there aren’t any nutrients (food) in you for that water to be retained.

Apart from taking prescription meds, the only other option is some long term strategy where you use up more calories than what you eat. This may require some control of the portion size and the quality of it. I know people with weight loss success doing “weight watchers” program where they eat only the portion sent to them. In combination with strength training in the gym, it can help remove fat over a long term.

So, no, eating just an apple is not good because it is a starvation diet and they don’t work and may get you fatter after it’s over.

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A reader, anonymous, writes (16 January 2018):

If you want to eat an apple a day along with a healthy lowered calorie diet fine, but if you're talking only an apple a day and nothing else the answer is no!

I'm a practicing nutritionist and this is what I tell my clients. Losing weight takes time, patience and will power. If you lose more than an average of two to four lbs per week, you're losing water weight which you will gain back. You also risk muscle break down which is not something you want to do. I know that doesn't seem like much, but that is the only way to successfully keep the weight off.

Make veggies your mainstay, especially leafy greens. Eat your apple or other fruit of choice, meat that is low in fat, a small amount of healthy fat (yes, it does exist) which includes avocado, olive oil, flax and hemp seed, small amounts of healthy grains. Stay away from fried foods, dried fruit, most starchy foods and, especially, no processed sugar. Take a good multi-vitamin that fits your age group.

Good luck!

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A male reader, CMMP United States + , writes (16 January 2018):

You should look into the keto diet, or any diet that eliminates processed carbs. If you can eliminate processed carbs your body will convert to using fat for energy instead of carbs. I know a guy who lost more than 100 lbs in a year by doing that along with exercise.

Probably control is much more difficult and not necessarily healthy because your body thrives on nutrients, which come from veggies and fat. Eat as much veggies as possible and more healthy fats than you're used to.

Anyways just look up the keto diet.

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A male reader, N91 United Kingdom + , writes (16 January 2018):

N91 agony auntI think eating an apple a day would be extremely dangerous.

Your body needs calories to function properly each day and to have a drastic reduction in calories in a short space of time could only have a negative impact on the body.

To lose weight you need to be in a calorie deficit. The average adult female needs around 2000 calories to maintain their body weight, so you simply need to eat less than this. I'd say around 1600 with exercise would be a good starting point.

There is no magic solution to losing weight, it's simply calories in - calories out.

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A female reader, Honeypie United States + , writes (16 January 2018):

Honeypie agony auntI don't know about the "apple diet". But exercising daily IS good for you as long as you don't hurt your joints (which can be a problem when overweight).

The best thing you can do is CUT out sugar (processed sugar), that means white bread, pasta, sweets, cookies, sodapop, artificial sweeteners and most junk food etc.

If ALL you eat a day is ONE apple, then no, not a good diet. That is a starvation diet and it can actually make you GAIN more weight than lose it.

The best advice I can give you is GO SEE your doctor and see if you can get referred to a dietitian. That way you are not messing (in a bad way) with your metabolism. The doctor can see how your levels are (like hormonal and vitamin/minerals) which can help the dietitian build the RIGHT meals for you to eat.

In general eating 80% vegetables/20% protein/starch can make a big difference, but again the best thing to do is to START out smart with seeing a doctor/dietitian not jump onto FAD diets. They do more harm then good.

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A male reader, Denizen United Kingdom +, writes (16 January 2018):

Denizen agony auntHow long have you been exercising? You say you exercise daily and yet you also tell us you are unfit. How heavy are you? Essentially you need to burn more calories than you eat. It is a mixture of exercise and diet that works.

I know nothing about your apple diet but I do know that the apple needs to be in place of some other food, not as well as. Create good habits - no snacking, no little rewards because you have been soooo good.

If you are obese you need to have medical advice about dieting. Do not put yourself under extreme stress. There are programmes like Weight Watchers which some find helpful.

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A female reader, ashleighkaylin United States +, writes (16 January 2018):

ashleighkaylin agony auntI don't know anything about the apple diet. I hope that's not all you're eating! I am not a doctor or a nutritionist but we had one visit our school one day a week she suggested lean proteins, whole grains and about half your diet of fruits and veggies. I think if you're overweight you're either eating bad grains and proteins or even too much of the good stuff. I mean, apples are good for you with good sugars, but you don't want to eat 10 apples in a row.

Here is a healthy recipe that you could add to your diet that we used: take 3 cups crushed cornflakes (I used a rolling pen to to crush them in a bag), 1/3 cup of flour mixed w 1/2 teaspoon each of salt and pepper, 2 beat eggs mixed w 1/4 cup of milk. Put each mixture in a separate bowl. Rinse off boneless skinless chicken breast (you can cut them into pieces slightly bigger than your palm so it cooks better). Dip the chicken in flour mixture, then egg mixture, then cornflakes. Take a baking pan, spray it with cooking spray or rub with cooking oil. Bake for 20-25 minutes until you can cut with a knife and its cooked through.

If you eat one, that's a serving. If youvwant, you can cut that into little pieces and put it in a salad. Good salad would be like spinach or domain, dried cranberries, walnuts, and feta cheese. Try raspberry vinigarette dressing. Good fruit salad is strawberries, cantelope, pineapple and grapes. You're trying to eat a rainbow. A serving the nutritionist said is about 1 1/2 cups.

I hope that helps

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A female reader, Andie's Thoughts United Kingdom + , writes (16 January 2018):

Andie's Thoughts agony auntFirst things first: SEE A DOCTOR. All drastic diet changes or weight loss attempts need to be monitored by a doctor, to make sure you don't do more harm than good - especially at an age where your body is still developing.

It's not healthy to survive on only one apple per day. It's also meant to be a short stint of diet, not a long-term change, which is what weight loss needs.

Weight loss needs a lifestyle change, not diets. Diets are notorious for results that don't last. You're doing a good amount of exercise, so just be more careful with what you eat. Eat plenty of fruits and veg. Research what foods are healthy and lower in calories.

The apple diet WILL NOT WORK. Diets rarely work for weight loss of more than a couple of pounds and diets are NOT a healthy way to lose weight.

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A female reader, anonymous, writes (16 January 2018):

In clear terms NO , The only ' diet' that works is healthy eating and exercise . Portion control works alongside the healthy eating and not to deprive yourself . You can speak to a doctor who can help you . They can weigh you and advise you . Dont fall in to following fad diets they do more harm than good

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