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Disadvantages and side effects of dieting for weight loss

Updated on July 2, 2010

Many people today have decided o take weight loss programs of any kind not knowing that many of them really have some side effects which are so harmful to their health and bodies. First of all, many people join weight loss programs without consulting qualified health workers on the state of their heath and to get advice on the best weigh loss programs. I have outlined below the major

Many people have fallen into the trap of crash dieting; a crash diet refers to willful nutritional restriction (except water) for more than 12 hours. People normally do this in order to burn a lot of body fat for energy with the aim of losing a significant amount of weight in a short time. But this is a very risky and bad method since the body reacts by preserving fat stores and burning lean muscle tissue.

Diuretic methods are being used to reduce their weight and there are becoming so becoming so popular, Diuretics induce weight loss through the excretion of water. The major problem with such methods is that they can thicken the blood, cause cramping, kidney and liver damage. Ther are some people have died due to brain swelling which is associated with excessive water consumption over a short period of time.

Having a weight loss program without medical supervision can be a beginning of your early grave. During prolonged fasting or very low calorie diets the reduction of blood glucose, the preferred energy source of the brain, causes the body to deplete its glycogen stores. Once glycogen is depleted the body begins to fuel the brain using ketones, while also metabolize body protein (including but not limited to skeletal muscle) to be used to synthesize sugars for use as energy by the rest of the body.

It has also been discovered that many other weight loss medications, like amphetamines, are dangerous and are now banned for casual weight loss.


A person on special diet should be very careful on how to diet,  extreme food-intake reduction and rapid weight loss can have the following side effects;  Irritability, Fatigue, Fainting,  Depression, Gallbladder disease, Muscle atrophy,  Bloodshot eyes, Acidosis, Seizures, Reduced sex drive , Prolonged hunger, Rashes,  Sinus problems, Malnutrition, possibly leading to death, Subsequent weight gain.

If you are sensible enough, you will realize that most of the effects made above can without any doubt lead to death, which calls for extra care when dieting.  The worst thing is that many people who go to dieting programs without consulting experienced personnel will gain wait again immediately they get off the dieting process.

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      Devika Primić 

      5 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      So right one has to watch out for these tips thanks

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