Unexpected cons of rapid weight loss

rapid weight loss
There are lots of pros in getting rid of extra pounds. You will have more energy. You will feel and look better. You will avoid the risks of:

However, rapid weight loss is very often accompanied with unexpected side effects. Although positive results of weight loss overweigh negative ones, the following four consequences can slow down your progress or force you to abandon the program maximum.

  • diabetes,
  • depression,
  • sleep apnea,
  • cardiovascular diseases,
  • some types of cancer.

What can stand in your way and how to avoid side effects of weight loss?

Loose skin

Loose skinAlas, the dramatic weight loss does not mean that you can immediately boast of looking fit tummy. When losing weight rapidly, sagging folds of stretched skin remain at the place of former fat deposits. "Over time, the skin is stretched to meet the growing volume of the body," - explains Adonis Maiquez, the director of the Institute of rejuvenation in Miami.

When the fat is gone away, the skin lacks elasticity to adjust to the new figure adds Maiquez. The amount of saggy skin depends on your age, the rate of weight loss and rapid changes in weight heretofore.

What to do: In the case of rapid weight loss, only plastic surgery can remove the effect of sagging skin, says Holly Wyatt, professor of medicine at the University of Colorado. If the skin sagged slightly, try to build up the muscles in this area to make the skin taut.


MelancholiaYou should be proud of every lost kilogram, but your mood somehow tends down? Rapid weight loss can surprisingly increase the risk of depression, according to the study results of University College in London. Scientists have observed 2000 participants with excess weight for 4 years. People, losing at least 5% of their body weight, experienced depression by 78% more often than those whose arrow of scales was not tilted to the left.

"Often, we have high hopes for weight loss - says Alexis Conason, professor of psychiatry from New York. - Even when we lose weight, we find out that the problems do not go away. This may cause the feeling of frustration and even depression.

What to do: Conason recommends preventing depression by sufficient sleep and a healthy diet when appearing the feeling of hunger. Recreation and adequate food help to overcome psychological problems. If weight loss takes your mind to such an extent that you prefer to go to gym instead of communication with your friends or obsessively count every calorie eaten, look for professional assistance. The same applies to signs of depression: constant feeling of anguish, loss of interest in things brought you pleasure before.

Abdominal pain

Some people losing weight rapidly develop gallstones - solid formations inside the gall bladder. Because of reducing the proportion of fats in the diet, the gallbladder begins to contract rarely that leads to the accumulation and concentration of bile inside. Over time, this accumulation hardens and turns into gallstones.

What to do: Include fats in your diet to maintain a normal function of the gallbladder. Fat is often demonized by people losing weight, but scientists claim that it alone does not lead to weight gain; the reason for this is excess calories. In addition, fat makes food more delicious, and you can afford it, if you stick to the reasonable portions. Contact your doctor if you notice signs of gallstones occurrence, such as abdominal pain, nausea and fever.