Friday, February 26, 2021

What is Rapid Weight Loss?

What is Rapid Weight Loss?
Rapid weight loss is usually associated with starvation diets which are very stressful on the body. The body becomes more stressed the longer you are on the diet. The no-protein diets or diets that focus on specific foods or food groups are particularly tough on the body (think grapefruit diet, banana diet, no carbs diet, etc.). The body requires a combination of specific nutrients for optimum health and most of these diets do not provide the nutrition the body needs to cope with rapid loss of excess weight.

The danger of rapid loss based on the "starvation" principle is that it slows the body's metabolic process. Because the body thinks it's being starved, it begins a hoarding process because it doesn't know when it will get the nutrients it needs. Essentially, the complete opposite result of your weight loss objectives.

The following are some of the risks associated with rapid weight loss.

• Malnutrition, from not eating the vitamins and minerals the body needs

• Decreased immunity (i.e. getting sick more easily)

• Gallstones occur in 12% to 25% of people losing large amounts of weight over several months

• Dehydration from not drinking enough fluids.

• Electrolyte imbalances, which can be life threatening in extreme cases

• Heart Attack (rapid weight loss puts a lot of stress on the heart, particularly where obesity is present)

• Headaches

• Irritability

• Fatigue

• Dizziness

• Constipation

• Menstrual irregularities

• Hair loss

• Muscle loss

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