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Ready to drop some pounds? Beware! Losing weight unhealthfully can be almost as harmful as being overweight.

To determine the appropriateness of various weight-loss plans, apply the ABC rule, says Leigh Ann Kowalsky, clinical instructor of clinical nutrition at UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas.


Adequacy—Does the meal plan offer enough nutrients for my daily needs?

Balance—Is there an appropriate distribution of carbohydrates, proteins, or fats?

Calorie control—Does the meal plan allow for a minimum caloric total to be at least 1,200 for women and 1,500 for men? 
UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas

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