Here’s what can happen when you lose weight too quickly

Here’s what can happen when you lose weight too quickly Photo: Stocksy/Kely Knox

“Drop four sizes in 30 days!” “Lose 10 pounds in 3 weeks!” We’ve all raised an eyebrow over some of the OTT promises made by fad workout programs and diets. But although many rapid weight-loss plans are said to be safe and backed by science, shocking your body in this way can actually be downright dangerous, says dietitian Bonnie Taub-Dix. “If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is,” proclaims the creator of Better Than Dieting and author of Read It Before You Eat It: Taking You from Label to Table.

Yes, it may be tempting to fall prey to a flash slim-down scheme—like, when it’s six weeks before your best friend’s wedding and your dress still doesn’t fit—but you may find it impacts your body in unexpected ways, from your hormones to your muscle tone to your mental health.

Here, Taub-Dix explains exactly how a crash diet affects you and shares her favorite (totally healthy) weight loss hack—one that doesn’t involve a liquid meal plan and twice-daily spin classes.

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