Why is sudden weight loss worse than we thought? Every expert says you should be patient if you want to lose weight by eating healthily and working out or playing sports. A healthy and sustainable rate of fat loss is roughly 1 to 2 pounds per week. It takes a long time to reach the number you want. Therefore, despite the advice, many people still try to lose weight too rapidly by overexercising or following super-low-calorie or crash diets. Crash diets and overexercising may result in rapid initial weight loss but it leaves a negative effect on long-term health and diet compliance on you. You can cut your calories to the point of almost starving yourself but your body has the means to thwart your plans. What will your body react?
Your skin will get looser and looser after sudden weight loss:
Sudden weight loss often leaves loose skin on the abdomen, arms and legs. This results from the fact that your skin has lost some elasticity and did not have time to shrink with the rest of the body. While this may not have long-term consequences on your health, it can cause mental distress, as well as uncomfortable chafing, you want to be prettier but you get the opposite. And this is not a mere trifle. You may need surgery to correct your skin it has not contoured naturally to the body two years after the weight loss. This has been proven by The Columbia University Health Center.
Gallstones may develop:
This is a common side effect of rapid weight loss. Gallstones can be harmless, but many people experience nausea and serious abdominal pain from gallstones, to the extent that the gallbladder may need to be removed. Being overweight or obese makes it more likely that you will develop gallstones, so losing weight is beneficial. However, if you do it very quickly, it actually increases your risk of developing gallstones.
You accelerate the risk of diabetes:
Some studies have discovered that respondents who lost weight too rapidly increased their chances of becoming diabetic over the long run. Alternatively, you may develop insulin imbalances, which results from stress responses. If you are not careful, you will lose all the benefits that you have accumulated through your careful program of dieting
You’ll lose a huge amount of hair:
When you lose weight very quickly, it’s not necessarily just fat that goes. This is caused by the lack of protein since you try to cut down your portions or eliminate some kinds of food from your normal menu. This may result in losing more than 50% of your natural hair even if it is not directly related to male pattern baldness after the sudden weight loss.
Lean muscle tissue and bone may go with your hair:
According to a study published in the journal “Appetite” in June 2012, sudden weight loss can also result in a significant reduction in fat-free mass — lean muscle tissue and bone.
Your metabolism will be slowed down after sudden weight loss:
Cutting too many calories out of your diet can have a detrimental effect on your metabolism. This is how much energy your body burns in a day to stay alive. Your metabolism is not always the same. It is adjusted based on the environment you create (diet and exercise). For this reason, drastically cutting your calorie intake will slow your metabolism to a point where your calorie deficit is significantly smaller than what you planned it to be.
Sudden weight loss may give you more motivation to stick to your weight-loss plan. However, when you start cutting calories, you give your body less nutrients to work with. Eating less than the required amount of nutrients will negatively affect the way your body functions. Instead of torturing your body by yo-yo dieting or overexercising, you have to ensure that your diet program is slow but steady. A healthy and sustainable rate of fat loss is roughly 1 to 2 pounds per week. The best way is to combine a healthy diet instead of starvation diet with regular exercise. And remember, this journey requires patience.