February 10, 2014

Why Weight loss programs can be risky?

Why Weight loss programs can be risky?
Should you be congratulating yourself for losing weight quickly, or checking with your doctor? For those of you who want to dump your curves and crave to be a thinnest of all by adopting extreme weight loss plans, here is a warning. With the wellness and health companies playing their marketing pranks by highlighting instant weight loss in couple of weeks, the consumers must be aware of its side effects as well. They usually recommend a 1200-1500 calories diet plans which is not only low in calories but also low in nutrients and vitamins. Along with dietary recommendations they also stress on strainous exercise which further plays a role to deteriorate ones health condition. A worst situation is seen in pregnant or lactating women where they are suggested just 1700 calories diet. This amount of diet is not even sufficient to the mothers so how it’s going to be sufficient for the baby? 
Some common techniques to gain weight loss are   prescription and over-the-counter diet pills, semi starvation and other food restriction diets, stomach reduction surgery, purging, laxatives, diuretics, vomiting, and fasting.
Some of the risks associated with extreme weight loss diet are as follows:
  • Weight loss itself can cause physical changes that may be adverse to health or may escalate the risk of death.
  • Gallstones, mineral and electrolyte imbalances, arrhythmias, changes in blood pressure, and low blood sugar 
  • Fast weight loss can exact a high toll on your body due to the physical demands, which can result in a number of illnesses such as anemia, constipation and general muscle weakness confounded by other side effects such as headaches, fatigue, dizziness, irritability and menstrual irregularities. 
  • If you are on a rapid weight loss diet, your metabolism will compensate by slowing down in order to survive since you are not eating the usual amount of food. Therefore, when you get back to your normal diet; this could lead to weight gain since your body is used to the slower metabolic rate. Frequent diet changes can wreck havoc not only to your metabolism but can also result in malnutrition if you are not eating protein for weeks at a time.
  • Going on a rapid weight loss diet can also increase the production of the stress hormone, cortisol, which can contribute more to your weight gain as it slows down your metabolism, makes you crave for more fatty foods, alters your blood sugar levels, and even affects where your body tend to store fat.
  • Fast weight loss programs and diets can also lead to hair loss if done over the course of several weeks or months. Those who have eating disorders or have undergone rapid weight loss also experienced extreme hair loss because they are eliminating or blocking what their body needs in order to be healthy.
  • Gallstones can also occur to 12% to 25% of people who rapidly lose large amounts of weight over several months. Gallstones are hardened cholesterol that looks like stones, which may be present at the gallbladder, a small sac below your liver. This can result in infection as it obstructs the flow of bile from the gallbladder to the intestine.
  • Due to the restrictions imposed by most fast weight loss diet, you are depriving your body of the much-needed vitamins and minerals that your body needs to function well. Though rarely life-threatening, the lack of protein can result in malnutrition and most fad diets can also result in dehydration and electrolyte imbalances as well.
  • Going on a quick weight loss diet or program can also result in eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa, bulimia and binge eating. Anorexia nervosa occur when there is a strict calorie counting and deprivation, while bulimia involves binging and then purging. These are serious health conditions that require the help of a physician.
  • Due to low calorie intake, those who had undergone fast weight loss had experienced fatigue very quickly and often. This is because they are engaging in lessening the amount of calorie intake rather than burning fat. It also slows down their metabolism, which results in less energy as well.
So think before you act!

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