When people think about losing weight, it’s not often thought it could make you sick. Though being obese or overweight can cause many health problems, some weight loss efforts can be worse. Can losing weight make you sick?
There’s not one correct way to lose weight that works for everyone. But there are weight loss plans that are generally more harmful than good.
Using Diet Pills to Lose Weight Can Make You Sick. Many diet pills are not proven to work and over the years, many have been found to be dangerous to health. Even pills still on the market can make you sick, especially if you take too high of a dose or for longer periods of time.
Pills that suppress the appetite can also prevent you from getting enough nutrition. When your body doesn’t get enough of what it needs from the foods you eat, it doesn’t automatically start taking from fat stored in your body. If you are inactive, your body can use muscle, including from organs, easier than it can break down fat. Damage to organs can occur causing you to get sick.
Fad Dieting Can Make You Sick. Fad diets are often too restrictive, either in amount of calories or the types of foods you can eat. Unless you have other health conditions that make it necessary, cutting out entire food groups prevents your body from getting proper nutrition it needs.
Taking supplements to compensate can only do so much. Sometimes a natural food source is necessary to get the most benefit from a supplement. If you are not getting enough nutrients in the way of natural food sources, supplements may not work well. Also, supplements should not be used long term to replace regular, balanced meals.
Yo-Yo Dieting Can Make You Sick. Losing weight rapidly, gaining it back, then losing again is not good for your body. This can go along with fad diets. You try a diet, it works for a bit, you can’t stick to it then gain the wait back. Then the next new miracle diet comes along and you try that, over and over again.
When your body weight varies up and down over long periods of time, you can change the production of hormones in your body as well as interrupt a healthy metabolism. Yo-yo dieting can also lead to gallstones, heart problems and weakened immune system as discussed by Associated Content from Yahoo! Contributor, Venice Kichura.
Rapid Weight Loss Can Make You Sick. If you lose weight too quickly, your body may turn to itself to get adequate nutrition. Your immune system can suffer and you can get sick easier.
Fasting and other rapid weight loss methods are fine for the short term, either to lose just a few pounds or to jump start a larger weight loss effort. But denying your body enough nutrition over a long period of time can leave you open to many health problems.
Long-Term Weight Loss Can Make You Sick? A study published in the International Journal of Obesity showed that those who experienced long term weight loss of ten years had higher levels of environmental pollutants in the blood stream. This can lead to certain health conditions over a period of time.
Many toxins are stored in fat tissue. As fat cells are broken down during weight loss, these toxins enter the bloodstream. Although longer exposure to these pollutants can increase the risk of health problems, if you lost the fat more rapidly, you would be exposed to higher doses of these toxins at one time which could be more harmful to health.
Can Losing Weight Make You Sick? Certain types of weight loss can make you sick, both with short-term illness and long-term health conditions. Talk with your doctor before beginning any weight loss program to discuss the benefits and risks of losing weight.
THIS ARTICLE IS FOR INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY AND SHOULD NOT REPLACE THE ADVICE OF A PHYSICIAN.
Venice Kichura; The Dangers of Yo-Yo Dieting; Associated Content from Yahoo!
J S Lim, et al.; Inverse associations between long-term weight change and serum concentrations of persistent organic pollutants; International Journal of Obesity.