The Downside of Fast Weight Loss


If you have a wedding, high school reunion or cruise coming up on the calendar, you might be interested in fast weight loss. However, despite the positive short term effects of losing weight quickly, the long term effects can be disappointing at best and damaging at worst. Though you may be tempted to overlook that most quick weight loss programs fail in the long run, think about all the hard work you will put into losing those pounds. Wouldn’t you rather keep them off than have to lose them again when you get on a sensible diet plan down the road?

There are several downsides of losing weight too quickly, and the tendency to gain the weight back is one of them. You also run the risk of malnutrition, since most diets that promote rapid weight loss are basically starvation diets. The juice diet, cabbage diet, or any other diet that consists of 1,000 or fewer calories each day is not healthy or recommended. If you strip your body of the vitamins, minerals and protein that it needs to function, you can actually disrupt your body’s natural rhythms and organ processes.

There are serious side effects to malnutrition, and taking a multi-vitamin while on a starvation diet won’t quite supplement enough for the nutrition that you get from food. If you go on a starvation diet that eliminates most meats, you are going to lose a lot of muscle mass. When you burn calories, you may burn the muscle fibers instead of the fat cells, and this can be damaging to your body. In addition to making you feel fatigued, it can weaken your muscles and overall ability to stay strong and healthy.

Fast weight loss is never recommended. Though a healthy rate of weight loss varies from individual to individual, and can be quite high for some severely obese individuals, the standard rate of loss is one to two pounds per week. If you stay around two pounds of fat loss each week you stand the best chance to keep off the weight in the long term, and keep yourself healthy in the meantime.

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