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What Is a Hypocaloric Diet?

author image Adam Cloe Ph.D./M.D.
Adam Cloe has been published in various scientific journals, including the "Journal of Biochemistry." He is currently a pathology resident at the University of Chicago. Cloe holds a Bachelor of Arts in biochemistry from Boston University, a M.D. from the University of Chicago and a Ph.D. in pathology from the University of Chicago.
What Is a Hypocaloric Diet?
A hypocaloric diet can help you lose weight. Photo Credit: Photodisc/Photodisc/Getty Images

Calories from your diet provide the energy your body needs to function. Eating more calories than you burn will cause your body to store the excess calories as fat. On the other hand, eating fewer calories than you burn, also known as a hypocaloric diet, can help you lose weight.

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Hypocaloric Balance

A hypocaloric diet is simply one in which you eat fewer calories than you burn. This is the strategy recommended by many health experts, including the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, for healthy, long-term weight loss. A hypocaloric diet can be achieved by either consuming fewer calories or by increasing your physical activity, which will help you burn more calories.

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