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21
Jan

The 500-calorie-diet, as its name says, is a diet that limits you to the intake of 500 calories per day only.  This type of diet has been popular for a few years now in patients who want to get rid of their excess weight fast and effectively.  Innocent as it may sound, the 500-calorie-diet is a dangerous diet to play with. To tell you honestly, it’s like playing fire with both of your bare hands.

Here’s why:

1.       The 500-calorie-diet may result into serious cardiovascular complications. In a study published by The American Journal of Medical Sciences in 2001, it has been shown that a diet so deficient in the needed calories may result in the development of cardiovascular complications brought about by the resultant cardiac cell damage that comes with too rigid, calorie-deficient dieting. In worst cases, the overwhelmingly decreased caloric intake can sometimes lead to sudden cardiac death as a result of irregular heart rhythm.

2.       Gallstone formation.  In a study published by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition in 1992, the researchers found that patients who submit themselves in a very low caloric diet are in a greater risk of developing gallstones compared to their non-dieting counterparts. This can be explained by the fact that the abrupt weight loss is known to be significantly associated with high blood cholesterol levels and resultant gallstone formation.  And so, if you want to prevent yourself from developing gallstones during your weight loss program, an average of three pounds per week is strongly recommended.

3.       Weight cycling.  As stated in a study published by the Journal of Family Practice in 1995, weight cycling, the phenomenon that involves weight loss, then weight gain then weight loss again, is strongly associated in calorie-deficient diets such as the 500-calorie-diet. This yoyo dieting can lead to serious morbidity and mortality.  Thus, a dieter must bear in mind that weight maintenance is as important as weight loss itself. The weight shed off must be the permanent weight off.

With these mentioned dangers of the 500-calorie-diet, do you still want to embrace it into your life? The choice is yours.

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