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Diet Myth or Truth: Fasting Is Effective for Weight Loss

The Truth About Fasting

The bottom line: Nutrition experts agree that fasting is a potentially dangerous, and not particularly effective, way to lose weight. 

Instead of a fast, opt for a healthy eating plan that you can stick with long-term  Healthy diets provide a minimum of 1,200 calories and include a variety of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, low-fat dairy, lean protein, and healthy fats, along with regular physical activity

If you are not convinced and want to go on a fast, be sure to consult your physician first.

Kathleen Zelman, MPH, RD, is director of nutrition for WebMD. Her opinions and conclusions are her own.

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Edited on September 08, 2011

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