Weight Loss Risks for Dieters
Written by Diet Bites
Diet Article: While weight loss typically renders wonderful rewards, there are risks associated with aggressive dieting.
Weight loss risks associated with losing weight? With dropping those unwanted excess, unhealthy pounds? You've got to be kidding, right? Seriously NO.
Although weight gain comes with many more risks than weight loss, the risks do exist.
Individuals who face the greatest risks to their level of health while losing weight include: diabetics, heart patients, individuals who crash diet, individuals on a fad diet plan, teens, pre-teens, the elderly, individuals who have a hidden health condition or an existing known health condition as well as pregnant and nursing moms.
This is just one reason why we always advise that an individual meet with their doctor for an evaluation before setting out on any diet plan. Let's say that Larry is planning to go on a diet plan. He needs to lose about fifty pounds so that he feels better. In fact, he's been feeling very poorly over the last few months and he's certain it's connected to his state of overweight.
He's tired and feeling run down. He has lost his energy and endurance levels. He wakes up at night and barely makes it to the bathroom. And he is thirsty all of the time. He assumes his thirst is due to all of the high-sodium fast foods he has been eating.
Larry looks at several weight loss plans. He sees that a low carbohydrate diet plan will render very quick weight loss results. He embraces eggs, meats and other proteins which have little to no carbohydrates. Because carbohydrates provide energy, including quick energy - his personal energy level continues to decline. And he is rushing to the restroom to urinate more often now than before.
However, he is seeing the bathroom scales decline where his weight is concerned. In one week he has already dropped five pounds.
Then on day eight he is working at his desk and suddenly feels overcome with dizziness. He calls out to his co-worker who rushes over just as Larry falls out of his chair and onto the floor. Help is called for and Larry ends-up in the emergency room with a doctor telling him that they almost lost him. His blood sugar levels are totally off the charge and he is experiencing some kidney functioning issues.
Larry is further shocked when his doctor informs him that he has diabetes. When Larry tells him that he's been on a low carbohydrate diet plan in an effort to lose weight quick, the doctor almost has a hairy worm.
Simply put, protein grams in food encourage the kidneys to release water. Any weight that is lost is more in the form of water weight loss than fat weight loss results. Because Larry is diabetic, this type of diet plan places his very life in jeopardy - and his kidneys and his heart in particular can be negatively influenced by a low carbohydrate weight loss plan.
His doctor went on to inform him that his overweight state may be in great part to his diabetic condition. He goes on to provide Larry with a healthy weight loss plan that will accommodate his diabetic condition. From here, Larry can lose the unwanted weight to achieve his recommended weight.
In doing such he will feel energized; his endurance and energy levels will strengthen. And with the proper medications and healthy diet to control his diabetes, symptoms like having to rush to the restroom during the night will dissipate or will greatly improve.
In some instances, the damage inflicted to the body via a fad diet plan is irreversible. Some of the potential risks to health that may be temporary or irreversible include: vitamin deficiency, hair loss, damage to the digestive system, heart damage, and instant death.
Therefore, if you are contemplating a weight loss plan - particularly a fad diet, or if you are currently on a diet plan - be sure that you discuss this with your doctor so that it meets your daily nutritional requirements, and also to ensure that you don't have a hidden condition that might be causing the weight gain - or that could be impacted by a wacky diet plan.