Everything You Need To Know About Trying To Lose Weight Fast
Ladies, I’m sure you already know that I don’t believe in quick fixes when talking about health and weight loss.
While it might sound somewhat appealing to be able to ‘drop a dress size’ in a week, the reality is that many of these crash diets can be dangerous, unhealthy and are not a sustainable long-term solution to weight loss.
Today I’m talking about the things you need to know about trying to lose weight too quickly.
What can happen when you lose weight fast?
Extreme diet plans or crash diets can actually be counterproductive. Rapid weight loss due to unhealthy restrictions can leave a person feeling deprived, which may lead to a binge.
Attempting to lose weight quickly can also have some potential health risks.
Potential risks of losing weight fast
Healthy weight loss is usually achieved through sustainable lifestyle changes. That means taking into account your nutritional needs and getting regular exercise.
Without those things, you may be setting yourself up for the following health risks:
Risk one: dehydration
Have you ever wondered why some people talk about getting results from quick-fix weight loss trends? In most cases, this is because of a loss in water weight which may trick you into thinking you’ve lost weight.
The problem with this is rather than losing body fat, your body is simply getting rid of fluid and wastage. Basically, your body has flushed the fluids from your organs and cells. Unfortunately, this can put you at risk of dehydration because your body is eliminating fluids so quickly and these are important in order for it to function properly.
Risk two: increased stress hormones
Rapid weight loss may have an impact on your hormones too. A sudden change to a restrictive diet or cutting back on the amount of food you are eating can trigger hormonal changes, especially when it comes to cortisol (the stress hormone).
Some nasty side effects of these hormonal changes include headaches, mood swings, disrupted sleeping patterns and acne. In extreme cases, a drastic change to your hormones can also impact your menstrual cycle. As I’ve talked about before, elevated cortisol levels may lead to weight gain in the long-term — just another reason why losing weight quickly can impact your health.
Risk three: decreased muscle tone
When you don’t eat enough food to support your body’s functions, it can begin looking for other sources of fuel. That means your body can resort to breaking down muscle in order to power itself. You might find yourself feeling lethargic or light-headed if you are trying to work out with the same level of intensity but are not giving your body the fuel it needs. Plus, your body may then force itself to become more efficient by reducing the amount of calories it burns, which can slow down the results of your workouts.
Following a healthy and well-balanced meal plan is the best way to ensure your body gets the energy it needs. That way your body will have the stamina to get through your workouts and to help repair muscle tissue, which can put you on the path to being stronger and more toned.
Those are just a few health risks of losing weight fast
Ladies, I know you might be reading this thinking that I am giving out a dose of tough love! The reason for that is because I want you to take care of yourselves.
Any program or product that promises to help you lose weight fast should be approached with caution. Your health is so valuable, I want you to take the time to do your research and make sure any exercise or weight loss program is suitable for you in the long-term.
My BBG programs are all about making sustainable changes to your lifestyle and being active for your physical and mental wellbeing. I don’t believe in quick-fix weight loss products because they often use unhealthy methods and can actually have negative effects on your mindset and your health. That’s not something I want you to risk.
You should want to be the healthiest version of you, FOR you. That might mean weight loss takes a little bit longer but if you are going to feel better throughout the journey, it is so worth it.
* Results may vary. Strict adherence to the nutrition and exercise guide are required for best results.