Does exercise+diet stunt growth?

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I'm currently considering exercising and diet because on the BMI scale I am overweight and it is fairly noticeable that I am overweight. I'm 5 foot 4 weighing 160 pounds at 18 years of age. I know there are a lot of studies saying cardio exercises have no effect on height but I was just wondering how the diet would impact my growth. I know that after 18, even for males height growth is not that common but my parent said he grew later when he was about 20 or 21. I've read that height growth is roughly 80% genetics and 20% diet so if anyone can give me advice on whether I should start or not.
For the diet, I'm just looking to cut 500 calories a day roughly by not eating snacks/smaller portion size/fewer takeaways and for exercise, it will be just cardio because I read in some studies that weight lifting has shown to stunt growth. Having said all of that, I would rather stay the same weight and grow taller in the next 3-5 years than lose weight now and stay the same height or even shrink when I'm older, so if anyone could give advice I would be thankful.
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as long as you're not starving yourself and eating a balance of all the right things your height will not suffer
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500 calories is far too small an amount to eat, both to live your life and if you are exercising; you'll just make yourself ill and more prone to injury. Work out your required intake properly, with a TDEE calculator.

Height is basically genetics, and a healthy balanced diet will allow your body to develop properly. Exercise does not stunt your growth.
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They are looking to cut 500 not eat 500.
Diet is unlikely to make any difference to the remaining growth potential at this point
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(Original post by HoldThisL)
as long as you're not starving yourself and eating a balance of all the right things your height will not suffer
Well I will feel more hungry but I guess that is naturally going to happen if I eat 500 fewer calories; does that count as starving myself?

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500 calories is far too small an amount to eat, both to live your life and if you are exercising; you'll just make yourself ill and more prone to injury. Work out your required intake properly, with a TDEE calculator.

Height is basically genetics, and a healthy balanced diet will allow your body to develop properly. Exercise does not stunt your growth.
I agree that 500 calories would be too low for anyone to have. I want to cut 500 calories so say my calorie intake was 2200 yesterday, today I want to eat 1700 calories.

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They are looking to cut 500 not eat 500.
Diet is unlikely to make any difference to the remaining growth potential at this point
Problem is that next year I'm off to uni so I can't make any food healthy for myself. I don't know how I'm going to cope.
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Problem is that next year I'm off to uni so I can't make any food healthy for myself. I don't know how I'm going to cope.
Learn to cook. Of course you can make healthy stuff for yourself at uni.
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(Original post by ReadingMum)
They are looking to cut 500 not eat 500.
Diet is unlikely to make any difference to the remaining growth potential at this point
eat/cut - too similar without my glasses on! Good spot
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