Popular diets and micronutrient deficencies

It is estimated that at any given time, as many as a third of people with overweight and obesity are on a restrictive diet (in addition to an unknown number of normal weight people, who follow diets in the hope that they are healthier and may prevent weight gain).

As most of the popular diets consist of restricting overall caloric intake (despite often misleading claims to the contrary) and amounts of certain foods, the question arises whether or not there may be any potential drawbacks to being on such diets.

This question is of particular importance as many people with overweight and obesity often have nutrient deficiencies to start with – a situation that can potentially become worse as total food consumption decreases….

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