Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Exercise, healthful diet - not quick-fix diets - are keys to weight loss.(Outdoors & Recreation)

Byline: Joe Kolb For the Journal

Training Room

When it comes to cars and stock markets, a crash can be a very unpleasant experience. When it comes to your health, crash dieting can be just as perilous.

Each year millions of people plunge headlong into dramatic weight-loss programs. The cycle typically begins during the holidays, when we tend to gorge, and this is often followed by winter hibernation. Before you know it, summer is here and it's time to squeeze into the bathing suit. In a panic, some of us turn to the latest miracle diet, which guarantees to rid us of 10 unwanted pounds a week.

These purges don't usually last long, and their side effects are potentially hazardous. …

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