Naturally, every person wants to look good and be in good shape all year round. Weight loss is undoubtedly the goal of many people, but not everyone can achieve it in a healthy way. When it comes to successful weight loss, the first thing that most of us think is following astrict diet and hard workouts. There is no doubt that reducing the calorific intake and burning more calories leads to weight loss. But the question ishow quick we can achieve this in order to lose the weight successfully without damaging our health.
Unfortunately, our dynamic daily lives doesn’t always allow us to achieve good results with regard to weight loss. And the truth is that healthy reduction of weight leads to best results in the long term, unlike the unhealthy, which inevitably leads to consequences for our health.
It is not impossible tolose weight within a short time. But the successful weight loss happens when we preserve the good results for a longer time even after we have increased the calorific intake after the end of the diet.
One of the traps that the pharmaceutical industry imposes are the pills for weight loss. In search of an effective way to lose weight many of us can be attracted by the colorful advertisements of products and herbal weight loss supplementsthat promise great results without any efforts.
It is good to know, however, that without the proper diet and sports activities we won’t be able to achieve the desired shape only by buying weight loss pills. Unfortunately, there is no single magic formula that will help us get rid of the extra kilograms without any efforts from our side.
Quick weight loss doesn’t always bring the positive results we want it to bring.The drastic reduction in the calorific intake can help us to lose weight within a short period of time, but this doesn’t guarantee that our health won‘t be damaged.
Rapid weight loss may have the opposite effect after that, because it is possible for us to gain back the lost kilograms if we rapidly go back to our old nutritional regimen.The reason for that is due to the fact that we do not give our body the time and opportunity to adapt to the changes in our lifestyle,and generally our organism is under stress. So it is best the reduction of calories to happen gradually.
We come to the conclusion that the more gradually we lose weight and the more slowly we go back to the old regimen after the end of the diet, the more likely we are to preserve the achieved results.
Experts are of the opinion that changes in the diet and in our lifestyle in order to quickly lose weight, are difficult to maintain in the long run. And when we see the lack of positive results we can lose our motivation and there is a possibility that we go back to old unhealthy habitsin our diet and lifestyle.
What are the consequences of rapid weight loss for our body?
Wedon’t burn only fats
There is no doubt that rapid weight loss hides certain negative consequences for our health. The main goal of weight loss diets is fat loss. But the fast weight loss is not always a guarantee that our body burns fat.
The normal and healthy speed of weight lossis averagely from half to one kilogram per week. Normally is hard for our body to burn a lot of fat within a short period of time, which is a natural mechanism for self-protection given by nature. When this happens,apart from the fats, our body loses alsowater and muscles, as they also count in the weight loss.
Other negative effects of rapid weight loss:
- Electrolyte imbalance
- Kidney stone
- Chronic fatigue
- Frequent headaches
- irregular menstruation
- loss of muscle mass
- malnutrition and other problems.
From kidney stones suffer about 15-25% of people who lose many kilograms within only a few months.
Dehydration is a common problem when you follow a strict weigh loss regimen. Therefore you should drink more water.
The malnutrition of the organism can be avoided with the consumption of sufficient amount of proteins coming from healthy sources. That is why low-protein diets are more risky.
Taking supplements for weight loss may have negative effects
Other side effects of rapid weight loss are those caused by the pills for weight loss. Currently on the market there are countless medications that promise instant positive results with regard to reduction of weight.
The weight loss supplements guarantee a reduction in appetite, boosting the metabolism, blocking the absorption of nutritional substances, burning fats, and a reduction in body fat synthesis.
It is alleged that some supplements contain harmful substances that are not approved for use. Following a chemical analysis, it has been found that some pills for weight loss contain harmful substances such as ephedra, rimonabant and phenytoin, and others.
There is evidence that the use of such medications may cause even cardiovascular problems such as accelerated heart rhythm, high blood pressure, with even more serious consequences such as astroke, heart attack.
Unfortunately, many of the basic ingredients of the diet pills have not been tested with regard to the consequences and side effect on human health before their release on the market, so we should be very careful when we buy them. People using these pills may lose from 5 to 10% of their initial weight within one year, if they consume the pills as an additive to a healthy diet and observing a good training program.
Ephedra is a type of bushy plant. It originates from South Siberia, Japan and Central China. The stems and roots of this plant are used for medicinal purposes. Their healing properties are due to thealkaloid ehpedrin.Ephedrine has the ability to excite the nervous system, and its long-term use can lead toinsomnia, nervousness, tachycardia and, in the worst case, hallucinations.
People who suffer from high arterial blood pressure, thyroid diseases, atherosclerosis, psychosis, insomnia should avoid the use of ephedrine.It is also possible this substance to cause a hyper sweating and problems with the vision.
Its effect is similar to this of the adrenaline, but weaker. The plant is among the protected plant species in Bulgaria, so its harvesting is prohibited. The consumption of ephedra without prior consultation with a specialist may lead to many side effects.
Phenytoin is a medicinal product that belongs to the group of hydantoin compounds. It is used totreat different forms ofeppileptic seizures thanks to itsanticonvulsant, antiarrhythmicand antiepileptic properties. It is used as a muscle relaxant. If taken in therapeutic doses, the medicine has soothing and toning moderate effect and doesn’t lead to addiction.
Some of its side effects include arrhythmia, leukocytopenia (reduced amount of leucocytes), and damaged liver function. Phenytoinactivates the central ervous system, it has antiarrhythmic effect on the cardiac muscle, increases the excitatory threshold, decreases the rate of impulse passage. Its full mechanism of action has not yet been studied and clarified.
Other side effects of this medication are:
- hyperglycaemia (increased blood sugar levels)
- kidney disease
- shortness of breath
- heart rhythm disorders
- nervousness, dizziness
- joint pain
- muscle spasms
- disturbance in the vision
- disturbed coordination
- temporary paresis
- speech disorders
- stomach pain
- growth of the lining of the gums
- enlarged lymph nodes
- allergic reactions
- softening of the bones
- tendencies to haemorrhage
- increased hair growth.
Other harmful substances that are contained in the weight loss supplements arediethylpropion and phentermine(they lead to increased blood pressure, accelerated cardiac rhythm, insomnia and dizziness), orlistat(causes intestinal spasms, bloated stomach and acne), sibutramine (causesincreased blood pressure and accelerated cardiac rhythm).
Furthermore, the ingredients in these medications can cause problems such as nervousness, diarrhea, sleep problems, kidney problems, liver problems, rectal bleeding.