Special to The Globe and Mail – Published Sunday, Apr. 12 2015, 12:00 PM EDT
Dieting is not all it’s cracked up to be. Not only are dieters prone to post-diet weight gain, but intense calorie-restricted and yo-yo diets produce cognitive strain and neurotoxicity that may actually make you dumb.
Research suggests that the food cravings, hunger and psychological stress associated with restrictive diets may strain mental capacity. Harvard University scientists have shown that in situations of food scarcity versus sufficiency, intelligence is reduced by about nine to 10 points. This lowering of IQ approximates the impact of a full night without sleep.
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