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Nutrition: why 'crash diets' don’t work

Jane McClenaghan
HOW many times have you been on a diet? Do you get excited about the latest diet, follow it for a while and see what happens, only to find that it didn't live up to expectations, or do you have one favourite diet that you go back to time and again that gets you the results you want to see, except that over the years the results have not quite been as good as the last time you did it? We are a nation of yoyo dieters, crash dieting from one diet plan to the next, watching the numbers on the bathroom scales go up and down – often, despite our best efforts, there's more 'up' than 'down' over the years.

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