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Can the rice diet help you lose weight in 7 days?

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The rice diet can help people lose weight within the first seven days. The rice diet results in weight loss that averages between 20 and 30 pounds within the first month, primarily by reducing caloric intake. The diet begins with a detoxifying phase that permits 800 calories per day.

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Researchers developed the rice diet as an inpatient treatment for hypertension and diabetes. It combines a low-calorie, high-fiber meal plan with exercise and meditation. The diet gradually allows up to 1,200 daily calories, which is below the average 1,600 daily calories recommended for most people. The reduction in calories leads to weight loss but makes it difficult for many people to follow on a long-term basis. It also leads to vitamin deficiencies and requires nutritional supplements such as calcium and vitamin D.

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