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Crash Diets May Improve Health, Says Study

Posted by on August 31, 2012

We’re always warned that crash diets, diets which use extreme nutritional deprivation for quick weight loss, are bad for us and that no crash diet is the ultimate solution. A new recent study may prove us wrong. In a recent study by Robert Gordon University in the UK, short term crash dieting may be a healthy way to lose weight and stay healthy.

The department of Obesity Research and Epidemiology reviewed 32 studies that looked into the long term effects of crash very low energy diets. These diets are designed to treat patients with diabetes or high blood pressure. They found that patients benefited from improved blood pressure, fertility, respiratory and cardiovascular health. The weight loss and health benefits were also also sustained for five years. There were also no negative effects, either. The major concerns are that a very low energy diets affects kidney health and bone health. This study found little evidence that this type of diet, when done in moderation, does not adversely affect the body.

Most doctors suggest that you should consume no less than 1,200 calories a day when dieting. This calorie count can help you lose up to two pounds a week. When you’re consuming 800 calories a day, make sure that you talk to your doctor beforehand to make sure that it’s a safe and healthy way to achieve weight loss. Make sure that you keep a diet journal and track your calorie intake daily to reach that 800 calorie goal.

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