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WEIGHT LOSS: Too Much, Too Fast Increases Disease Risk

It’s no secret that America needs to lose weight. We lead the world in obesity.

Nor are the reasons hard to find:

  • The heavily processed & packaged Standard American Diet (S.A.D.) –  largely stripped of nutrients – promotes weight gain;

  • Many medications promote weight gain and America leads the world in drug consumption;

  • Calorie consumption today averages almost 50% more than the typical consumption assumed in food labels;

  • Physical activity has declined substantially as computer-bound desk jobs have increased;

  • Stress, sleep deprivation, and personal toxic burden have all  risen dramatically – and all three contribute to weight gain, not weight loss;

  • Low-calorie vegetable consumption in the U.S. has declined, while saturated fat consumption – with twice as many calories per gram of food – has increased (think pizza, cheeseburgers, mac-and-cheese.…).

The list goes on. We live in a fat-promoting culture that reinforces fat-acceptance daily with our social interactions with other overweight people.

Two out of three Americans are overweight, after all, so the majority of our social interactions now are with people who are overweight.

Don’t underestimate the power of this social reinforcement in preventing you from achieving weight loss – and keeping it off.

There’s solid evidence to suggest our social networks can undermine even the most determined of weight loss efforts.

“I Want It NOW!”

We also live in a culture of impatience. We demand instant answers to chronic problems. We want relief and we want it now!

This leads us to seek and fall prey to bogus weight loss pills, fraudulent gimmicks, and high-risk surgical procedures that often pose more risk than benefit.

What risks could there be, you say, to weight loss?

Glad you asked, because there’s no shortage of these either…

  • Loss of bone and muscle;

  • Faster weight regain – We’re hard-wired to preserve and protect our body fat in case of famine; with rapid weight loss, your metabolism freezes in starvation mode, protecting every fat cell from further famish;

  • Worsened body composition – Any weight you lose is a combination of fat, bone, and muscle, while the weight you regain is largely fat – leaving you with a worse fat-to-muscle ratio of body composition;

  • Increased disease risk –Increased fat composition leaves you vulnerable to many cancers, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, Alzheimer’s, and a host of other diseases. Fat is pro-inflammatory – especially visceral belly fat (even in normal weight people with excess belly fat) – and chronic inflammation is a disease-inducing state.

This list goes on as well, but you get the idea.

Be MedSMART. Learn to lose not just excess weight – but dangerous excess belly fat – the only way likely to keep it off permanently: with comprehensive lifestyle measures that produce gradual and permanent weight loss.

Perhaps even more important than weight loss, they’ll improve your body composition and disease risk profile with a muscle mindset and better quality nutrients.

Learn more…

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  1. stacy
    November 4, 2013 at 8:19 am #

    Good points. Slow and steady is the way to go.

  2. Tariqul
    October 25, 2013 at 3:01 pm #

    On a recent survey result said that 60 million people in America age 20 years and older suffering obese & 9 million teen age 12 to 19 suffering overweight. So in this situation your article will increase awareness of those family as well as those who already not suffering curse of overweight. I want to say cordial thanks for your very informative share.

  3. julia
    October 9, 2013 at 4:44 am #

    I agree with you that too fast weight loss is dangerous for your health. Everyone should know about the risks of rapid weight loss.

  4. Lana
    October 8, 2013 at 3:36 pm #

    You are really right. I also tried to lose weight over and over and again. And always I wanted to lose it right at the moment. But the only result was that I was tired and with bad mood and at the end I weight more then before. Since I have changed my mindset, I am losing weight slowly now.

  5. louise wedley
    October 8, 2013 at 10:23 am #

    I am a nutrition expert and a lot of my clients demand to chalk out a strict dieting program for them. I always suggest my clients that going on a dieting regime forcefully never helps. Rather, there are certain foods like ginger that can come to our rescue for weight loss.

  6. Dr Sanjay Kolte
    October 5, 2013 at 4:34 am #

    John, nice stuff put in an article. We are always in a hurry to get everything, be it money or weight loss! The saying “slow and steady wins the race” is applicable here. A proper weight loss plan really helps to lose weight and also maintain good health, which has to be the prime priority.

  7. james
    October 3, 2013 at 8:22 am #

    too much of anything is never good. just keep things simple and use everything in moderation and you will be fine

  8. Donald Quixote
    September 25, 2013 at 2:15 pm #

    I think you are right, the mentality of I want it right now pushes many people to make poor decision when losing weight. Dieting itself can be very foolish because it usually involves quickly reducing the calorie intake. The body goes into starvation mode with the cutoff of food and the dieter is left hungry, irritated an no closer to losing fat. Do it slowly, gradually, and be smart.

  9. isabelkroemerau
    September 18, 2013 at 3:26 am #

    Nice to read this post, its something useful and informative. At first, I never thought that weight loss too much fast increase disease risk. And I am thankful that you shared this idea. Many fat people today are in a hurry of getting weight loss as soonest as possible without knowing the risk of it. I hope they will read this post. Thanks for sharing!

  10. Kerry
    September 13, 2013 at 11:22 pm #

    While the points in this article are true most people won’t have this problem. Extreme are to be avoided for sure but I believe you must take action in way were you can start seeing results quickly. If you don’t see results from the plan then more the likely you’ll quit. Now of course starving yourself or going on a extreme cleanse will definitely be bad for your health.

  11. sofia
    August 30, 2013 at 5:16 am #

    I am a nutrition expert and a lot of my clients demand to chalk out a strict dieting program for them. I always suggest my clients that going on a dieting regime forcefully never helps. Rather, there are certain foods like ginger that can come to our rescue for weight loss.

  12. Sara Morgan
    August 23, 2013 at 7:43 am #

    Greart article! Really informative.Thanks for sharing. Keep up the good work. 🙂

  13. Buy Phen375
    August 2, 2013 at 4:36 pm #

    The effect on body composition is the biggest problem when someone is losing weight too fast. The person just loses to much muscle mass and not much fat at all. Most of the weight is just water.
    And after that the person regains the weight very fast, so is a lose-lose situation.

  14. Ajay Sharma
    August 1, 2013 at 1:04 pm #

    Yes, losing too much weight in short span of time can make you prone to various diseases. You have to plan for your how much you should lose and in what time.

  15. Richard Thompson
    July 5, 2013 at 3:50 pm #

    It’s interesting to see that there are so many variables involved with losing weight. I would say a majority of people believe that healthy eating and regular exercise will get them results. While fundamentally correct, it usually isn’t true. Getting the right amount of rest for your body to reset everyday is key. Knowing when to eat, meaning not eating late or right before bed. These combined with people’s beliefs that fast weight loss is good weight loss leads to a lot of discouraged people. Everyone should know about the risks of rapid weight loss.

  16. Food For Cancer
    May 13, 2013 at 9:49 pm #

    Thanks for the thoroughly researched post. Weight loss is not an over night process it needs time and PROPER ways.

  17. David
    March 8, 2013 at 2:42 am #

    Hey, this is one of the most informative articles I have found. I was looking for it for so long.
    And I agree with you that too fast weight loss is dangerous for your health.
    Enjoyed reading it. Thanks for sharing it, John Lynch.

  18. Henry
    January 13, 2013 at 10:27 am #

    These are all true. The cells in our body are intelligent as they are. By the way, why would anyone want to lose weight really fast? This not only leads to the body’s thinking that it’s being starved, it can also lead to other things like auto renal failure – which is extremely bad.

  19. morten olesen
    December 9, 2012 at 5:20 pm #

    Very nice article and spot on about the point, there is way to many unhealthy ways to weight loss.
    Not that i’m american but agree your healthcare system sucks .. Nixon really didn’t do you any favours back then.

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