Now we are not ones to discourage people from trying to lose weight, this is not what the point of this article is about. However, there are potential health risks that do come along with losing too much weight. Some people enjoy seeing the results too much that they get to a point where it becomes an obsession. This can then lead to some harmful conditions that will end up damaging out health. In this article, you’ll read about these possible health risks that come a long with obsessive weight loss. We don’t guarantee that this is going to happen, however, we want people to be aware of the possible complications.
It’s always great to see people being extremely motivated to wanting to lose their built up body fat. Some people are lucky enough to lose the weight a lot quicker than most people, however, this rapid weight loss can lead to an obsessive lifestyle of wanting to lose more weight when you’re already a great number. This sort of situation can lead to potential health risks, mentally and physically. This is why we wanted to address these risks before you take the journey through losing weight.
What Are The Potential Health Risks?
You want to lose the weight, and that in itself is a great goal to set for yourself! However, there is the possibility of dealing with potential health risks. There are thousands of people who deal with these mental and physical risks on a daily basis because as I mentioned, people can become obsessive about losing the weight. Listed below are the risks that you could possible come across when trying to lose weight.
- Rapid Weight Loss – This isn’t a quick fix to your weight problems. You may lose the weight quickly, however, you could gain that weight all back just like you lost it. Along with losing all of that weight so quickly, you’re probably not losing the fat. It is said that a normal, healthy rate of weight loss is one to two pounds per week. The quick weight loss, if you are experiencing that, could be coming from the weight made up of water or muscle. These can lead to serious side effects such as, an imbalance in electrolytes, malnutrition, gallstones and dehydration. Most likely you’ll experience fatigue, irritability, headaches, constipation, dizziness, irregular menstruation, loss of muscle and loss of hair.
- Anorexia – This disease tends to affect more than 200,000 people per year just in the US alone. Anorexia or Anorexia Nervosa is an eating disorder characterized by an abnormally low body weight, intense fear of gaining weight and a distorted perception of body weight. This isn’t an initial thought process but can come along subconsciously causing the person to become obsessive with losing the weight.
- Some other conditions for those who become underweight also include…
- Inhibited growth and development. This is especially true in children or teens, whose bodies need plenty of nutrients to grow and stay healthy.
- Fragile Bones. A deficiency in vitamin D and calcium along with low body weight can lead to weak bones and osteoporosis.
- Weakened Immune System. When you are not taking in enough nutrients, your body cannot store energy and may also have difficulty fighting illness. Your immune system may have severe difficulty bouncing back as well.
- Anemia. This is caused by being iron deficient, folate deficient and vitamin B12 deficiency, resulting in dizziness, fatigue and headaches.
- Fertility Issues. Low body weight can lead to irregular periods, lack of periods and infertility.
- Hair Loss. Low body weight can cause hair to thin and fall out easily. It may also cause dry, thin skin and teeth health issues.
If you are concerned about any of these conditions please visit a medical professional to get more help!