Health and fitness experts have stated that one to two pounds per week is a healthy and attainable weight loss goal. People who try to lose more than two pounds per week may be putting their health in jeopardy. Below are some of the risks associated with rapid weight loss:
Many people try to lose weight by restricting their caloric intake to less than 1200 calories per day. The body needs a certain amount of calories to function normally. Additionally, people who take in less than 1200 calories per day may also not be getting the recommended intake of vitamins, minerals, iron and protein. This can put a person at risk for malnutrition.
Dehydration is a common result of rapid weight loss. When the body burns fat, it also loses water. Studies have also shown that women’s bodies are more sensitive to the effects of dehydration.
Food is the body’s energy source. If a woman is not taking in enough food, she is very likely to experience fatigue.
Many people exercise for hours per day to reach their weight loss goal. Excessive exercise puts extra strain on the bones and the joints, which can increase a person’s risk of osteoporosis. The risk of osteoporosis is even greater if one is not taking in enough calcium.
Malnutrition, dehydration, fatigue and osteoporosis are just a few of the dangers associated with rapid weight loss. That is why people should aim to lose one to pounds per week. If a woman feels that she needs to lose more than two pounds a week, she should consult with her physician.
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