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Cutting Too Many Calories Could Backfire

Calorie restriction sounds like the right idea when you want to lose weight. But cutting too many calories isn’t helpful and could backfire.

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics explains:

  • Restricting too many calories frequently causes malnutrition, which can lead to problems such as osteoporosis.
  • You’re likely to gain back lost weight if you restrict calories to a point that’s unsustainable.
  • Severely restricting calories puts your body in “starvation mode,” slowing your metabolism and leading to loss of muscle mass.
  • Your brain can’t function as well if you’re not giving it the fuel it needs.
  • Extreme calorie restriction can lead to gallstones.

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