It is very tempting for anyone trying to lose weight to want results as fast as possible. You will find many people over exercising or maybe following crash diets or low-calorie diets. Some of these methods will lead to rapid initial weight loss, but the question is; Can losing weight fast be bad for your health?
Here is what you should know
The answer is very simple yes, very rapid weight loss won’t help you maintain a healthy weight in the long-term and comes with health risks. Research suggests that rapid weight loss can slow down your metabolism, leading to weight gain in future and depriving your body of essential nutrients.
Very low-calorie diets
Low calories diets are one method that can result in rapid weight loss but are dangerously low in essential nutrients such as vitamins or minerals. Lack of vitamin can cause health issues like immune system suppression, bad skin, hairs and nails. Lack of essential minerals can lead to Cardiac Arrhythmia, muscle cramps, fluid imbalances or even loss of bone mass.
Bad side effects
Fast weight loss often leaves very loose skin on the abdomen, arms, and legs. This is because the skin lost some elasticity and didn’t have t enough time to shrink with the rest of the body. Having loose skin is very uncomfortable, and sometimes the only possible solution to correct such a problem is surgery.
People who lose weight too fast also have high chances of developing gallstones- a hard deposit that form in the gallbladder. The gallstones are usually harmless, but people with them experience some abdominal pain until the gallbladder is removed. Being obese or overweight makes it more likely for you to develop gallstone, but losing weight fast and quickly increases your risk of developing them.
Losing weight too fast is associated with many more health problems, but sometimes Doctors can recommend rapid weight loss especially if obesity is causing more severe health issues. They may recommend low-calorie diet but with a close medical supervision. There are many more health problems that are related to fast weight loss, and some of these problems should not be overlooked because they can even cost your life.
To avoid losing weight too fast, diets experts suggest that a moderate reduction in food intake should be combined with moderate physical exercise. The proportion should be fine, if you eat 250 calories fewer per day, you should be in an exercise program that can result in 250 extra calories being burned. 1lb or 2lb per week is considered a safe rate of weight loss and any program that promises more than that with no rational reason will increase your risk of health problems in future.