Health Tip: Going Low-Calorie?

Restricting too much could backfire

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(HealthDay News) -- Calorie restriction sounds like the right idea when you want to lose weight. But cutting too many calories isn't helpful and could backfire.

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics explains:

  • Restricting too many calories frequently causes malnutrition, which can lead to problems such as osteoporosis.
  • You're likely to gain back lost weight if you restrict calories to a point that's unsustainable.
  • Severely restricting calories puts your body in "starvation mode," slowing your metabolism and leading to loss of muscle mass.
  • Your brain can't function as well if you're not giving it the fuel it needs.
  • Extreme calorie restriction can lead to gallstones.

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