Crash Diets are Never a Good Way to Lose Weight

Crash diets may be a tempting way to lose weight, but most experts say they're not worth the risk. A single week of highly restrictive dieting can cause nutritional deficiencies, alter your metabolism, and wreck your emotional well-being.

Most crash diets also set you up to regain the weight later, because they do not involve any long-term lifestyle changes.

According to U.S. News & World Report:

“Short-term dieting becomes especially unhealthy below 1,000 calories a day ... The American Dietetic Association (ADA) defines healthy weight loss as one to two pounds per week; for each pound you want to lose, you should consume 500 fewer calories a day -- or burn them off through exercise.”

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