Effects of Quick Weight Loss
Usually, weight loss of 0.5-1kg per week is ‘safe’ for your body. You can easily achieve this by a proper well balanced diet and regular moderate physical activity. Losing weight more than this usually results from crash dieting, it is often troublesome and hard to retain. There are numerous side effects of quick weight loss, some of which are listed below:
1. Water Loss: Usually, losing weight quickly is a consequence of excessive loss of body water. It may lead to dehydration and fatigue.
2. Muscle Loss: If your body does not get enough amounts of nutrients, especially proteins, it loses muscles which are very precious. This often results from crash dieting. Loss of muscles further leads to sluggish metabolic rate which prevents one from burning calories.
3. Loss of skin tone: This happens because of water and muscle loss. The elasticity and luster of skin disappears eventually leading to flabby look.
4. Fatigue: Cutting down calories drastically, leads to fatigue, weakness and exhaustion.
5. Malnutrition: Limiting food choices and food quantity can lead to malnutrition especially when iron, calcium and other micronutrient intake in concerned. Malnutrition has its own spectrum of health effects.
6. Gall stones: The research has shown association between crash dieting & development of gallstones. In turn gall stones may lead to inflammation of liver and pancreas.
Apart from these major side effects, several other symptoms such as headache, irritability, dizziness, fainting, disturbances in menstrual cycle, constipation, hair loss, dark circles below eyes, palpitations etc. cause rapid weight loss.
Thus falling prey to the advertisements of quick weight loss is just a waste of time, money, energy and heath. A comprehensive approach targeting at a gradual weight loss by proper diet, regular exercise & keeping up motivation is what really needed instead.
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