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# Imagine that you are on the wrestling team. You notice that some team members are crash dieting to try to compete in a weight class lower than their appropriate weight. Write a paragraph to explain how you could help them understand the potential dangers.

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Crash dieting actually works, but it is not a healthy nor permanent solution. Such diets make us lose weight rapidly, and our body is often unable to adapt to such big changes. In that case, our $\textbf{immune system}$ will become weaker, and we will have an increased chance of dehydration and cardiac stress. Also, our $\textbf{metabolism}$ will be slowed down, which will cause weight gain in the future, which is ironic. Those are the two most probable things that can happen if we are crash dieting. Eating very restrictively for a short period is how crash dieting works. This means that, in that period, we will not consume enough of all nutrients that we normally would, which can lead to various health problems caused by certain $\textbf{vitamin}$ or $\textbf{mineral deficiencies}$.

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