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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.

Consider:

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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Reprinted with permission from Vibrant Life, July/August 2005. Copyright © 2006 by GraceNotes. All rights reserved. Use of this material is subject to usage guidelines.


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