Before You Go Paleo, Keto, or Whole30, Think About These Side Effects

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Recent studies show that there is no evidence that weight loss programs help people to lose weight in the long term. The rate of failure, defined as either gaining weight or not losing weight, is around 95 percent (some say higher), and attempting weight loss is actually a strong predictor of weight gain. In other words, the more you try to drop pounds, the more likely you are to gain them. 

Not only does dieting lead to weight gain, it’s also a common precursor to eating disorders, especially in young women. In a study done in 1991 over the course of three years, 14-year-old girls who dieted at a “severe level” were 18 times more likely to develop an eating disorder than those who didn’t. And those who dieted at a “moderate level” were five times more likely to develop an eating disorder.

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