PREVIOUS QUESTION:

 

NEXT QUESTION:

 

What are the side effects of very low-calorie diets?

ANSWER

People on a very low-calorie diet for 4 to 16 weeks report minor side effects like fatigue, constipation, nausea, and diarrhea. Things usually get better within a few weeks. They usually don't stop people from completing the program.

Gallstones are the most common serious side effect of very low-calorie diets. When the body experiences a calorie deficit, it starts to break down fat for energy. The liver then secretes more cholesterol and when combined with bile, can form gallstones.

SOURCE:

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: "Very-Low-Calorie Diets."

Reviewed by Christine Mikstas on November 26, 2018

SOURCE:

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: "Very-Low-Calorie Diets."

Reviewed by Christine Mikstas on November 26, 2018

NEXT QUESTION:

What is alpha-lipoic acid?

WAS THIS ANSWER HELPFUL

THIS TOOL DOES NOT PROVIDE MEDICAL ADVICE. It is intended for general informational purposes only and does not address individual circumstances. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment and should not be relied on to make decisions about your health. Never ignore professional medical advice in seeking treatment because of something you have read on the WebMD Site. If you think you may have a medical emergency, immediately call your doctor or dial 911.

    This tool does not provide medical advice. See additional information.