Crash diets work, study shows

Crash dieting is a more effective way to lose weight than the clinically recommended slow-and-steady approach, upending years of clinical dogma, Australian research suggests.

Rapidly restricting calorie intake was a surer way to lose a substantial amount of weight than the gradual approach to weight loss long supported by international guidelines, researchers at the University of Melbourne reported on Thursday.

Their three-year study of 204 men and women with a BMI of 30-45kg/m2