If you’ve ever discussed extreme weight loss techniques with anyone – especially your doctor – then you have likely been warned that most of these diets are not considered to be all that healthy to follow. However, it isn’t just hard on your health overall to adhere to one of these fad strategies. There are actually some surprising and strange side effects that can occur as a result of following that type of plan.
If you are thinking about trying some form of extreme weight loss, then you might want to learn more about the types of side effects that you might expect as a result of them.
It is important to note that it is not dieting as a whole that comes with these severe or bizarre side effects. Instead, it is the extreme weight loss strategies that are designed to have you drop a lot of weight in a very short amount of time. Losing weight when you’re obese or overweight is usually considered to be very good for your health, but how you do it can decide whether or not it is really something you’ll want to pursue.
The following are some of the side effects you might experience when you try to lose weight too quickly:
Depression – it’s very common to slip into depression when trying to drop the pounds too rapidly, according to a study conducted by researchers at University College London, in which 2,000 overweight adults were monitored over a period of 4 years. There was a far greater instance (78 percent more) of depression among those who had dropped 5 percent of their body weight within a short time than there was among those who didn’t lose any weight at all.
Sagging skin – when you lose weight very quickly, it doesn’t give your skin enough time to return to its smaller size. Your skin may have been stretched out for months or even years. It stretched out gradually and needs time to return to its former size, too. People who experience very fast weight loss often end up with sagging and loose excess skin in areas such as the belly, arms and thighs.
Damaged relationships – believe it or not, rapid weight loss can have a negative impact on relationships. While a dieting buddy boosts your chances of success, losing weight separately or when one person does and the other does not lose weight can cause the bond to suffer.