Is it Harmful to Lose Weight Fast?

You have probably heard claims that you are supposed to only lose about 2-3 pounds per week when you are trying to lose weight.  That is what is considered the normal range.  So, if you are hearing claims of people being able to lose weight fast that are talking about numbers higher than that, it is normal to get skeptical.  The key is to find out what methods they are using to lose weight quickly?  Are they normal like diet and exercise, or are they off the beaten path with things like starvation or weight loss pills.  I will examine some of these and show you why they may or may not be harmful for you.

Weight Loss Pills – The idea of being able to lose weight rapidly with minimal effort is very appealing to a lot of people.  When the alternative is eating foods you may not enjoy, eating less than you want, and having to exercise daily, I can see why people would want to resort to weight loss pills.  There are a few reason why these pills are not a good idea.  The first is that most of them aren’t even regulated by the FDA.  Because of their status as a “dietary supplement” they have not undergone the stringent testing that other types of pills have to go through.  At that point, you can only go off of what the company tells you, and some companies have definitely been known to lie in order to make money.  These pills are usually only quick fixes, short term solutions that only address issues like a clogged colon, or release a lot of stored up water.

Starvation – People think that if they just don’t eat anything, then they have to lose weight, right?  Wrong.  You may lose a little bit of weight initially, but then your body will realize what is going on and kick into survival mode.  Your body will then try to hold onto every single bit of fat you have, since it doesn’t know when it will get food again.  And then if you do eat anything, your body will immediately store it all as fat, which will cause you to gain weight.

These options for fast weight loss are definitely harmful to your body.  If you’re really wanting to try and lose weight rapidly, then do it naturally through exercises that focus on fat burn such as weight lifting and other resistance exercises, as well as eating the right stuff, watching your calories, and of course, drinking plenty of water each and every day.

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