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Consequences of Rapid Weight Loss

Benefits-of-Losing-WeightLosing weight bears lots of sustainable benefits to the overweight and the obese. However, rapid loss of weight is detrimental and has serious health consequences. When weight is lost too fast, the body fails to check on what it should retain and what it should let go. The recommendable weight loss rate is about 1 to 2 pounds every week. This can be achieved by reducing calorie consumption by 500 to 1000 calories on a daily basis. Combining exercises with a healthy diet is a good way to lose weight responsibly.

Here are the main side effects of instant weight loss from the body:

  • Loose Skin

Faster loss of weight often leads to loose skin on the arms, abdomen and the legs. This occurs because during the rapid weight loss, the skin lost elasticity and it did not have the capacity to shrink at the same rate as the rest of the body. This does not lead to some long term medical conditions, but is not comfortable. The Columbia University Health Center revealed that if the skin fails to align with the rest of the body after rapid weight loss, the only remedy is through surgery.

  • Gallstones

Gallstones are the cholesterol deposits that form in the gallbladder. Rapid weight loss leads to gallstones. These may be harmless, but many report having nausea and some serious abdominal pain, this may call for the removal of the gallbladder. The Weight Control Information Network says that being obese or overweight puts one at high risk of contracting gallstones, but losing the weight rapidly is a sure way to contract the disease.

  • Hair Loss

Losing weight rapidly in the long term will lead to hair loss. Hair is made from keratin; keratin is manufactured by the hair from proteins. When one loses lots of proteins, it retards the growth of body hair.

  • Loss of Lean Muscle

When one loses weight, it is not only the fat that is lost, according to a research results published on June 2012 by Appetite Journal, rapid weight loss leads to massive loss of fat-free mass bone and lean muscle tissues. The reduction of the fat-free mass leads to a slowdown in general metabolism.

  • Liver Issues

Scientists have linked fatty liver loss to obesity, however, rapid weight loss can lead to the damage of the liver. This may be caused by a sudden imbalance in the fatty acid profile in the body after one loses the mass weight. Sometimes rapid weight loss may lead to certain long term health conditions that may not have an immediate solution. Other common conditions associated with rapid weight loss include increased blood pressure, cirrhosis, general exhaustion and abdominal pain.

Losing weight rapidly puts one at risk of having loose ugly skin, liver issues, and loss of lean muscle, developing gallstones and other serious complications. It is advisable that one lose weight naturally. The use of supplements and medicine in a bottle to lose weight in a number of days disturbs the body. The best way to lose weight is through natural methods like special diets, regular exercises, and adopting a lifestyle free from binges and fast foods.


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