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Rapid Weight Loss

How safe is it to rapidly lose weight while undergoing a diet? There are some diets that mention rapid weight loss in a short span of time, please let me know if I can attempt such diets?
(September 12, 2011)

It is best that you avoid rapid weight loss diets as this kind of weight loss is usually temporary. The weight you lose is usually 90% water, and this water is typically put back on once your body re-hydrates. Fad diets or diets that promise you easy and quick weight loss recommend that your eat more of one particular type of food. You, therefore, do not get the benefits of a well-balanced diet. Quick weight loss diets are over-restrictive and get boring over a period of time.

You tend to have a constant craving for food when following such diets and will eventually break the diet. Quick weight loss diets may if taken on a long-term basis result in heart disease as they often recommend foods high in fat and low in carbs. Such low weight loss diets are temporary solutions and will not help you in the long run. It is best to avoid them and opt for a well-balanced healthy diet, couple with a fitness regime, for weight loss and overall health.
Submitted by N on September 12, 2011 at 11:52


Can rapid weight loss cause depression?

Although there is a fluctuation of weight from day to day, rapid or sudden weight loss can be a sign of something serious. The hormonal imbalance could be blamed on the thyroid. Medications that bring about weight loss include antidepressants, amphetamines, and steroids. Losing weight rapidly also causes depression. An eating disorder may accompany depression. Studies have shown that anorexia nervosa patients are usually depressed. In patients whose body weight is low, the brain gets starved and symptoms are developed that bring about depression.

There is usually a multipronged approach in treating depression that includes medication, talk therapy, exercise, and a healthy diet. If you have unexplained weight loss for more than 10 percent of your body weight, you should make sure to get checked by your doctor. Apart from rapid weight loss and depression, there are other side effects of losing weight too fast. Some of the side effects include loss of muscle, loose skin, dehydration, and the formation of gallstones. It is recommended that you lose not more than two pounds of fat each week for weight loss to be healthy. There are many diets that claim to bring about quick weight loss, but not without side effects that can be quite serious.
Submitted by N on July 28, 2011 at 05:39


Can rapid weight loss cause hair loss?

If you are one of the individuals who desire to lose weight fast, you should be aware that hair loss due to rapid weight loss can happen. Any kind of eating disorder or crash dieting can cause some hair loss as long as there is a continued dropping in your weight. Rapid weight loss and hair loss is an important thing to consider because you will not only have an appearance that is unhealthy, but your body may be internally distressed too. When you drink or eat, your body will be provided with the nutrients and vitamins needed for proper functioning. Hence, if you lose weight quickly, there will be a natural deficit in your body that can bring about hair loss over time.

If you are overweight, it will be a good idea to lose weight, but with healthy methods. Losing weight in a way that is unhealthy will make your hair thinner apart from other things. It is best that weight loss is done slowly at around two pounds in a week. However, hair loss due quick weight loss can be reversed. Once your body again receives the nutrients and vitamins necessary, your hair will start to naturally grow back.
Submitted by N on July 22, 2011 at 05:38


Can stress cause rapid weight loss?

There are various reasons why a person loses their appetite. Men as well as women are prone to appetite loss and rapid weight loss due to stress or sickness. This loss of appetite can cause people to lose weight and become very thin. This weight loss can result in other health problems like a lowered immune system, and most often you can attribute stress to appetite loss. Too much stress can be harmful to the body and mind. Stress and rapid weight loss is just one instance of how stress can be harmful to the body.

Stress can come up due to various reasons like overwork or emotional problems. When an individual is not able to cope with the stressful situation, their health can be impacted like with losing weight, since they do not feel like eating. Hence, it is important that individuals who are overstressed get help from a therapist who can help them out. Getting help will help reduce tension and therefore, weight loss from loss of appetite can be prevented. You could also try yoga and breathing exercises, which are considered to be very effective in dealing with stress. For more information on tension and weight loss you can check the Internet.
Submitted by N on July 17, 2011 at 05:36


How rapid weight loss can cause gallstone?

In the upper part of the right abdomen, just under the liver, is a small sac that is shaped like a pear. This is what is known as the gallbladder, where the bile produced by the liver helps digest the stored fat till it is needed.

Studies have shown that there are many situations that can make the cholesterol that is hardened to form in the gallbladder. One of the situations is rapid weight loss. The connection of rapid weight loss and gallstones is because obesity makes the liver to overproduce cholesterol, which enters the bile. The cholesterol that is added makes the bile condensed and saturated.  Rapid weight loss makes the liver produce more cholesterol and makes the saturation of bile worse. The chance of developing gallstones is raised when more than 24 percent of the weight of the body is lost or if you lose more than 6.6 kilograms a week.

Since rapid weight loss causes gallbladder diseases, it is important that you avoid losing more than two pounds a week. It is also important that you consume a right diet of fruits and vegetables. You can find information on the Internet regarding rapid weight loss and gallbladder problems.

Submitted by N on July 11, 2011 at 05:36


Advice on Rapid Weight Loss

In theory it is possible to get rid of approximately 15 to 20 pounds a week. But a lot of loss weight is usually the loss of bodily fluids or water. It is highly possible that once the individual goes off the diet, he/she in all probability will re-gain the lost weight. However if the diet is combined with exercise such as resistance and weight training, the individual can stay off the weight for a longer period of time. There are dangerous risks to health if weight is lost quickly over a short span of time, and any diet that claims rapid weight loss in few days must be carefully scrutinized by the individual, and best checked by the physician for the possibility of side effects.

Rapid weight loss is closely related to the formation of gall bladder stones. Moreover with rapid weight loss, the individual may also find the skin becoming loose in the absence of at or muscle. Other risks also include the development of eating disorders such as bulimia or anorexia. With bulimia you may be tempted of bingeing on foods that were restricted on the diet, and purging them in order to shake off the guilt of eating large quantities. In anorexia the individual may continue to starve himself/herself leading to fatality. Please get in touch with a local nutritionist or dietician for a proper consultation the right type of diet for weight loss.
Submitted by C N on May 5, 2008 at 06:37


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