Rapid Weight Loss Questions and Answers
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While many people trying to lose weight think rapid weight loss sounds like an ideal situation, for most people it can be incredibly dangerous. Rapid weight loss typically occurs due to a physiological or lifestyle change, or even a serious medical condition. Losing weight too fast can knock the body’s internal homeostasis off balance and can lead to severe health complications.
What is considered rapid weight loss?
While on a traditional diet, rapid weight loss is defined as losing more than two pounds in a week. One pound of weight is the equivalent of 3,500 calories. Therefore, losing more than 2 pounds in 1 week would require a calorie deficit through some combination of exercise and dieting of over 1,000 calories every day. It can be very difficult to get the nutrients you need if you create the deficit through diet. You are at risk of over training if you create the deficit through exercise. Burning an additional 250 to 500 calories through exercise and cutting 250 to 500 calories from your diet each day can lead to a safe, healthy weight loss of one to two pounds each week.
What does rapid weight loss indicate?
Rapid weight loss occurs when the body has a decrease in fluids, muscle mass or bodily fat. Losing weight rapidly can be indicative of several underlying health issues, including:
- Parasite infection
- Bowel diseases
- Overactive thyroid (hyperthyroidism)
- Certain illnesses such as cancer and HIV
- Bowel Obstruction
- Dental Problems
- Infections (Parasites)
- Medications (Both Prescription and Nonprescription)
What are the signs of weight loss?
There are many indications of weight loss. As weight loss often includes the building of muscle mass, the scale is not always an accurate way to determine how much weight you’ve lost. Other signs of weight loss include:
- You are not hungry all the time
- Your sense of well-being improves
- Your clothes fit differently
- You are noticing some muscle definition
- Your body measurements are changing
- Your chronic pain improves
- You are going to the bathroom more — or possibly less — frequently
- Your blood pressure is coming down
- You snore less
- Your mood improves
Who can I talk to about losing weight?
Your primary care physician should be the first person you discuss your weight loss with. They will point you in the right direction and help you diagnose any adverse conditions that may have arisen from being overweight. If you do not have a primary care physician, visit your local Metabolic Medical Centers to speak with a weight loss professional. They will help you develop a weight loss program that is specific to your unique needs and they will stick with you throughout the entire process. There is no need to worry about being given all this information only to figure it out on your own; our medical professionals will help you understand this information and how to effectively implement it into your routine. Perhaps most importantly, our medical weight loss specialists will provide you with the moral support needed to make these changes in your life.
If you or someone you know is worried that they are losing weight too quickly, come to Metabolic Medical Centers today! Our kind and compassionate professionals are experienced in treating patients who are experiencing rapid weight loss and can help you understand what is going on behind the scenes. For more information on how rapid weight loss can affect your health, call our office and get in touch with a member of our specialist team. To book an appointment with one of our weight loss specialists, visit our website or speak with us over the phone today.