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12 dangers of crash dieting

The Active Times Logo By Hristina Byrnes of The Active Times | Slide 1 of 13: <p>Crash diets don’t have a formal definition but they are often perceived as an <a href="http://www.theactivetimes.com/fitness/technique/trainers-share-top-weight-loss-mistakes-people-make-gym"><strong>attempt to quickly lose weight</strong></a> by drastically cutting down on the amount of calories consumed for a short period of time. “A crash diet is not defined by a specific number (e.g. 1200 calories), rather by the length of time it is followed, perception of it being a ‘quick fix,’ and requirement of <a href="http://www.theactivetimes.com/fitness/n/21-worst-things-you-can-do-your-body"><strong>making drastic changes</strong></a> to the diet all at once,” Alexandra Miller, RDN, LDN, Corporate Dietitian, <a href="http://www.medifast1.com/"><strong>Medifast</strong></a>, says. Any diet that has a “miracle” food or ingredient or one that focuses on very few foods or food groups, such as the grapefruit or cabbage soup diet, is <a href="http://www.theactivetimes.com/fitness/nutrition/15-healthy-foods-high-levels-sugar"><strong>often a red flag</strong></a>,” Miller says.</p>

12 Dangers of Crash Dieting

Crash diets don’t have a formal definition but they are often perceived as an attempt to quickly lose weight by drastically cutting down on the amount of calories consumed for a short period of time. “A crash diet is not defined by a specific number (e.g. 1200 calories), rather by the length of time it is followed, perception of it being a ‘quick fix,’ and requirement of making drastic changes to the diet all at once,” Alexandra Miller, RDN, LDN, Corporate Dietitian, Medifast, says. Any diet that has a “miracle” food or ingredient or one that focuses on very few foods or food groups, such as the grapefruit or cabbage soup diet, is often a red flag,” Miller says.

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