The Most Dangerous Ways People Try to Lose Belly Fat, Say Dietitians

Crash diets, detox drinks, juice cleanses, fad weight loss programs. It’s hard to keep up with all of the harmful weight loss methods being marketed to us on a daily basis. And while there are plenty of healthy, sustainable habits we can adopt to meet our weight goals, there are tons of dangerous ways to lose weight that experts warn we should stay far away from.

To learn more about these harmful methods, we talked with dietitians Amy Goodson, MS, RD, CSSD, LD author of The Sports Nutrition Playbook and member of our expert medical board and Courtney D’Angelo, MS, RD, author at Go Wellness.

Continue reading to learn about the weight loss habits they believe you should ditch right now. And for more healthy weight loss tips, check out 9 High-Protein Breakfast Ideas to Help You Lose Weight.


Although it may be tempting to skip meals in order to consume fewer calories, this can be a dangerous way to lose weight. Plus, it usually won’t be sustainable, either.

“So many people think skipping meals is the key to losing weight, when really nothing could be further from the truth! Think of your metabolism like a fire; in order to get a fire blazing you have to light it. Then, to keep it burning, you add small amounts of wood every few hours. The same is true with metabolism. You need to jumpstart it with breakfast, then keep it burning by eating small, frequent meals every few hours. Eating more often will help you manage hunger and fullness, ultimately helping you manage portion sizes and the amount of calories you consume,” says Goodson.

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