Without food as a crutch, some people who lose a lot of weight become more emotional. In this video, comedian and Dr. Oz Show guest Lisa Lampanelli discusses the emotional effects of shedding over 80 pounds.
Losing weight too quickly can affect the body in many ways. You could experience side effects such as nausea, constipation, diarrhea, fatigue, lethargy and mood swings. You also risk malnutrition if you are too aggressive in your weight loss because you are not giving the body enough vitamins and minerals it requires to remain healthy. Your sodium and potassium levels could become dangerously low as well. Both lead to dehydration and cramping. Rapid weight loss will also cause your skin to dry out; your complexion to look pasty and your hair could possibly fall out. Metabolically speaking, trying to lose more than 1-2 pounds per week could cause the body to burn muscle for in energy instead of fat. This in turn will cause you to become weaker and weaker.
(This answer provided for NATA by Antonia R. Long, MHSc, ATC, LAT, CEAS.)
Lose as little as 15 pounds and you may see a 50 percent improvement in osteoarthritis of the knee, according to studies. Losing weight can help ease other aches and pains, too, such as back pain and rheumatoid arthritis. Begin your journey toward less pain right now with a weight loss plan you can follow faithfully. Don't know where to start? Ask your doctor to provide a plan in writing.
Losing weight may not seem like an easy task. But research shows that you don't have to lose much to gain several cardiovascular health benefits. If you are overweight, losing only a few pounds can help reduce your risk of heart and blood vessel disease and complications of cardiovascular disease, such as heart attack and stroke. Maintaining a healthy weight may even ward off dangerous arrhythmias.
Haven't reached your ideal size yet? Hang in there. In fact, make a pact that you'll at least shave off four pounds.
Why? Because a new study showed that dropping a mere four pounds could cut hypertension risk by 8% in middle-aged people and by 11% in the 50-plus set.
Of course, bigger weight loss had even better blood pressure benefits in the eight-year study. For example, losing 15 pounds reduced high blood pressure risk by 21% in the middle-aged folks. Better yet, people 50 to 65 who were 15 pounds thinner enjoyed an even more impressive 29% risk reduction. And isn't it great to know that a realistic mini goal of four pounds will still bring big health benefits on the road to 15?