One of the greatest myths being sold on the internet is that you can lose weight healthy, fast, and keep it that way. Although it is possible to lose weight rapidly, it is hardly ever healthy and certainly not sustainable. Our bariatric specialist at Big Time Healthy explains the unhealthy consequences of rapidly losing weight and the importance of healthy weight loss.
Dangers of unhealthy weight loss
It is hard to ignore the fictitious claims that spam your inbox daily. From marketers claiming their health supplements or solutions can help you “Lose 20 pounds in 2 weeks” to “eat as you like and still lose weight.” Without dwelling on the efficacy or otherwise of their products or solutions, it is important to know the risks involved in losing weight rapidly.
By losing weight rapidly, you place an unhealthy physical burden on your body that if not properly managed can lead to serious health conditions. The most notable of these conditions is gallstones which affect up to a quarter of people who lose weight rapidly. Rapid weight loss can also cause electrolyte imbalances, dehydration, hair and muscle loss, malnutrition, menstrual irregularities, fatigue, irritability and headaches. Also, the longer such a rapid loss program is sustained, the more susceptible you are to any of these conditions.
How to lose weight healthily
The secret to burning down calories for healthy weight loss is in a sustainable long-term diet and lifestyle. First, commit to losing weight by setting a healthy, realistic target weight. Losing 5-10% of body weight will significantly improve your overall wellbeing. Secondly, find a regimen that works for you and stick with it. This could include regular exercises, diet changes, altering eating habits and triggers. Simple techniques like drinking water before meals, intermittent fasting, and curbing down on refined carbs will go a long way to altering your weight in the long term.