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Weight Loss

From the effects of the hormone cortisol to the role of genetics in weight loss, this category is packed with everything that you need to know about losing weight the healthy way.

Why Extreme Weight Loss is Not Worth the Risk

From The Tapeworm Diet to The Master Cleanse, people go to the extremes for rapid and drastic weight loss. Whereas each diet often comes with its own set of health hazards, the dangers of losing weight too fast are never worth the risk.

Why Extreme Weight Loss is Not Worth the Risk

What Classifies Rapid Weight Loss?

From losing 10 pounds in 10 days to dropping an entire dress size in a week, there are numerous claims for rapid weight loss and are often extreme methods of weight loss. But whether coming in the form of a starvation diet or weight loss supplement, losing weight quickly is mostly never recommended unless warranted and supervised by a healthcare provider. In absence of a medical need, most health experts encourage individuals to lose no more than one to two pounds each week. A slow and gradual process is not only sustainable, but reduces the risks of rapid and drastic weight loss.

Dangers of Losing Weight Too Fast

Experiencing Unpleasant Side Effects
Depriving the body of essential nutrients can stress and damage the body. Individuals are likely to experience a multitude of side effects when enduring rapid weight loss, including headache, irritability, dizziness, dehydration, and electrolyte imbalances, which can even be life-threatening. The dangers of losing weight too fast increase with the prolonged time spent on the diet.

Losing Things Other than Body Fat
Whereas you might be experiencing drastic weight loss, it likely is not the weight you wished it to be... Amidst self-starvation, the body searches for the energy it needs to carry-on and function as efficiently as possible. But rather than burning stored fat, the body often starts to fuel itself with the precious muscle mass you worked hard to build. But beyond muscle loss, severe weight loss can cause hair loss and women to lose or risk their menstrual cycles. And not to mention, a complete loss of energy! Think about it: Food truly is fuel and the body needs readily available nutrients and calories to run properly. Robbing the body of calories and nutrients plummets energy, along with lowering your drive to workout and heighten your cravings towards high-carb and fat foods.

Increasing the Risk of Health Conditions
While chronic diseases are mostly linked to overweight and obesity, rapid weight loss and fluctuations can also increase risk of developing them, particularly related to placing great stress on the body. Research published in the New England Journal of Medicine compared a high-fluctuation group of 8.6 pounds to lower weight shifts of 2 pounds, ultimately discovering people with the largest fluctuations had 136 percent more strokes, 117 percent more heart attacks, and 124 of deaths compared to those who kept weight maintained and steady! But along with heart disease, individuals demonstrating high fluctuations also increased their risk of developing type 2 diabetes, which may validate additional health concerns and potentially even death. Drastic weight loss also increases the risk of gallstones, hardened deposits of bile that form in the gallbladder, which can block bile ducts and cause severe abdominal pain and increase the risk of serious complications.

Regaining the Weight Lost
Crash dieting is simply an unsustainable weight loss plan and eventually, you are likely to crash and burn. Ultimately, rapid weight loss likely and unfortunately tends to cause rapid weight regain at the discretion of your personal wellbeing. And you are likely to regain not only the weight you lost, but may even pack on additional pounds. (Not worth it!)

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Written By Christy Zagarella, MS, RDN. Published on November 07, 2012. Updated on June 03, 2020.


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