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What happens if I go on a fad diet and exclude necessary nutrients to lose weight?

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Just as a car needs the proper gasoline to make it run, a body needs a healthy diet to develop properly. That means the right balance of protein, carbohydrates, and fat -- as well as a host of other nutrients.

When you go on a fad diet and exclude necessary nutrients, you're putting yourself at risk for becoming ill. Getting too little of any nutrient may not cause an immediate problem. But if it's lacking for a long time, you may find you have health problems.

From: Losing Weight Without Fad Diets WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Nielsen, S. Jan. 22-29, 2003. Journal of the American Medical Association,

Young, L. , February 2002. American Journal of Public Health

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics: "Eat Right Nutrition Tips."

CDC: "Physical Activity for Everyone."

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on June 01, 2018

SOURCES:

Nielsen, S. Jan. 22-29, 2003. Journal of the American Medical Association,

Young, L. , February 2002. American Journal of Public Health

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics: "Eat Right Nutrition Tips."

CDC: "Physical Activity for Everyone."

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on June 01, 2018

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