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Eating pizza. Every day. And losing weight.

Quite literally our dream life… and now one woman has proved it IS a possibility. Well, at least in the short-term.

Writer Charlotte Palermino took one for the team recently when she agreed to eat only pizza for seven whole days, to see if a restrictive diet of any kind could lead to weight loss.

As with any other kind of "cleanse," Cosmopolitan reporter Charlotte also cut out alcohol and sugar, though she did allow herself to drink coffee. Phew.

Her rules? No fake cauliflower pizza bases of ANY kind – dough only, people. Plus, each pizza had to have some kind of cheese or topping, plus an oil or sauce. 

With an average "slice count" per day of around ten, you'd be forgiven for thinking poor Charlotte would be struggling to get into her jeans by the end of the week.

But, to the contrary, she had actually dropped 5 lbs.

"My cleanse was a 'success,' if you could call it that," Charlotte wrote

"Don't hate me, but I lost 5 pounds. I slimmed down not because pizza is some undiscovered super food, but because I was actually consuming fewer calories."

Her energy might not have been coming from the most nutritious of sources, but, as we learnt in Junior Cert Science, to lose weight you need to use up more calories than you take in.

Of course, there were a few cons.

As you'd expect after subsisting only on pizza, Charlotte said she did feel quite bloated and constipated midway through the cleanse, as well as suffering from heartburn and a few mood swings.

Our verdict? Pizza is great and all, but probably not the great dieting secret of the 21st century.

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A new study has found that crash diets may actually be one of the most effective ways to lose weight.

Researchers recently carried out a study on 200 obese adults in Australia, dividing them up into two groups. The first group were put on a rapid weight loss scheme, or ‘crash diet’, where their calorie intake was dramatically cut over the course of 12 weeks.

Their counterparts were then placed on a different diet, one which saw their calorie intake slowly reduced over a 36-week period, and which went by the national health authority’s guidelines for healthy weight loss.

The findings of the study proved quite surprising, with researchers discovering that the first group – the one that undertook the ‘crash diet’ approach – were actually more likely to hit their targets and maintain their desired weight than the other group.

To get right down to the statistics, 81 percent of the ‘crash dieters’ hit their target weight which, in comparison to only 50 percent of the gradual dieters, is a huge difference.

We know what you’re saying now, though – we bet the crash dieters put all that weight right back on again straight away.

Well, you would be wrong! When the researchers checked up on all 200 subjects three years later, they discovered that both groups had gained around 71 percent of the weight they had initially lost.

Given how we have always been advised that losing weight slowly, over a prolonged period of time is the best method, this new study definitely provides food for thought.

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