Evaluating your likely current (and near future) state of health means taking into account the risk factors — such as calorie-controlled diets — that affect you. Our medical diagnosis tool, The Analyst™, identifies major risk factors by asking the right questions.
When you diet, approximately how much do you restrict your food/calorie intake? If you are restricting meals, not calories, then you can estimate: one small, light meal is roughly 200-400 calories and one large, heavy meal is roughly 1000-1500 calories.
Possible responses:→ No restriction / it varies / don't know
→ Minor restriction: 1500-2200 calories per day
→ Moderate restriction: 1000-1500 calories per day
→ Severe restriction: 600-1000 calories per day
→ Extreme restriction: Under 600 calories per day
Extreme calorie restriction, which is common among yo-yo dieters, can increase levels of the stress hormone cortisol which, when present in the body over long periods of time, can increase one's risk of developing serious health problems such as heart disease, diabetes and even cancer. Risk increases each time the cycle of dieting and weight gain repeats.
Extreme calorie restriction can increase one's risk of developing serious health problems such as diabetes.