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Is rapid weight loss ever a good idea?

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Very low-calorie diets (VLCDs), doctor supervised diets, are considered a reasonable weight loss option for people with obesity (having a body mass index (BMI) greater than 30) needing rapid weight loss for a specific purpose such as weight loss surgery.

Starving yourself is certainly not a good idea. But if you're otherwise healthy, a brief period of extreme calorie restriction isn't likely to hurt you. You should tell your doctor what you're doing, and be sure to include protein in your diet (70 to 100 grams per day). Take a multivitamin, and eat potassium-rich foods (tomatoes, oranges, and bananas).

From: Rapid Weight Loss WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: Gilden Tsai, A. August 2006. Saper, R. Nov. 1, 2004. Federal Trade Commission web site: "Commercial Weight Loss Products and Programs: What Consumers Stand to Gain and Lose" and "Weighing the Evidence in Diet Ads."


Obesity,American Family Physician,

Reviewed by Michael Dansinger on August 15, 2017

SOURCES: Gilden Tsai, A. August 2006. Saper, R. Nov. 1, 2004. Federal Trade Commission web site: "Commercial Weight Loss Products and Programs: What Consumers Stand to Gain and Lose" and "Weighing the Evidence in Diet Ads."


Obesity,American Family Physician,

Reviewed by Michael Dansinger on August 15, 2017

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