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Can Past Nutritional Sins Affect Your Health?

If you've made nutrition mistakes in the past, your body may still forgive you if you change - now!

Fad Dieter

If you once followed the grapefruit diet, the cabbage soup diet, or a few other not-so-nutrition-savvy plans, you may have this nutritional blunder in your diet repertoire.

But if you were a fad-diet groupie, have you put your health at risk?

"Fad diets aren't science-based and their goal is only weight loss, not long-term disease prevention or even day-to-day energy," says Sass. You also can feel too tired to exercise and irritable and moody during a fad diet.

Depending on how wacky and lacking in nutrients the fad was, you may have lost lean muscle mass and bone density along with body fat.

The good news: Once you've dumped the fad diet, the short-term side effects like irritability and fatigue fade away. However, lost muscle mass and declining bone density can prove more problematic.

While building lean muscle through weight-bearing exercise is the key, building up bone health can be trickier and take longer to accomplish. Eating a diet rich in calcium and regularly lifting weights is a start.

Talk to your doctor about bone mineral density testing, especially if you have other risk factors for osteoporosis, such as a family history, or if you paid homage to many fad diets in the past.

And never relying on a fad diet to slim down again is the best break your bones will get.

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