Picture this scenario
You are so anxious to lose weight that you start following your program with clinical precision.
Everything is going right until the body starts to rebel.
You will feel sluggish, tired and irritable. The stomach will begin to grumble and you will have emotional cravings for food. At the end of the day you will fell that have no option but to indulge in a binge which puts the weight straight back on.
Generally speaking you should be aiming to lose no more than 2 lbs in every 7 days although some programs claim that they can bring much more striking results to your body. The temptation to achieve big objectives can be driven by media reports and anecdotal evidence from the people that have been using the system.
Calmly consider your options and select the methods that are likely to give you long term results. These are the dangers of going in too quickly.
A messed up metabolic rate
The manner in which you lose weight will be largely determined by your metabolic rate. This is the rate at which the body is able to use up calories. A quick decline in food consumption can force the body to retain calories as body fat so that it can rely on them just in case you are really starving.
A disturbed metabolic rate can lead to fatigue, unexplained lack of energy and irritability. You will feel dizzy and may even faint. It is very important that there is a provision to go over any side effects that you are feeling at the time. This will help you find help when you need it.
The risk of accelerating diabetes
It has been discovered in some studies that respondents who lost weight too quickly increased their chances of becoming diabetic over the long run. Alternatively you may develop insulin imbalances as a result of stress responses. The body responds negatively to crash dieting because it does things that are completely alien to it. Therefore the responses are designed to keep the body intact while avoiding the worst effects of the program. If you are not careful it is possible to lose all the benefits that you have accumulated through your careful program of dieting.
Abnormal weight gain
It is important that you do not attempt to fight the body. It will retaliate and the consequences might be that you end up putting on much more weight than before. A certain number of psychological and physiological changes can occur to your detriment and this may reduce your ability to take part in community activities. Other people complain of abnormal fat distribution after they have lost weight too quickly.
Hormonal changes and hair loss
Crash dieting has been associated with the devastating condition known as Telogen effluvium. In these circumstances you may lose more than 50% of your natural hair even if it is not directly related to male pattern baldness. The lack of protein and an increase in the stress response hormones will have these effects.
In conclusion you have to ensure that your diet program is slow but steady. Set targets that are achievable and yet you also have to ensure that there is enough challenge in the programs that are suggested within the guidelines. Rushing these things is not worth the hassle that you could eventually have to deal with.
The good news is you can lose weight fairly quickly and do it in a healthy way.