When Rachael Frederickson took the stage on The Biggest Loser and
revealed the new her, the reaction was surprise. Not surprise as in,
“For me? Why you shouldn’t have,” but surprise as in, “Uh oh. This is
Frederickson had lost 155 pounds (almost 60% of her body weight) and
tipped the scale at 105 pounds. During her 14 weeks on The Biggest Loser
she shed 110 pounds followed by an additional loss of 45 pounds while at
home. The full 155 pounds was lost in just over seven months.
If you believe that her weight loss was fast, you’re right. If you
believe her weight loss was much too fast, you are not alone.
Rapid Weight Loss
If drama is your particular cup of tea, then you might be considering
burning off some pounds ASAP with little regard to how you go about it.
It hardly is unusual to want immediate gratification. As human beings,
most of us have probably been guilty of such a pursuit at one time or
another and a great many of us may also have a few regrets regarding
One problem with burning off weight too quickly is that you are setting
yourself up to get fat.
Rapid weight loss is accompanied by rapid muscle loss. Lost muscle is often replaced by fat once you stop dieting. The end result is a flabby look that I seriously doubt is the result you want.
The Health Risks of Rapid Weight Loss
Gallstones, solid pebbles that are made of cholesterol and form in the
gallbladder, is one of the more common problems caused by rapid weight
loss. Losing weight too swiftly could prevent the gallbladder from
emptying correctly or produce an imbalance in bile salts and
cholesterol. The chance of developing gallstones increases if you lose
weight at a rate of more than three pounds per week.
Rapid weight loss causes the body to make changes to reserve energy.
Researchers have found that participants in a study of obese subjects
who lost a great deal of weight quickly showed a pronounced decline in
resting metabolic rate. The decrease was not in proportion to the amount
of weight lost and continued even after goal weights were reached. It
has been determined that significant decreases in metabolism is a risk
factor for regaining weight.
Much of the weight lost when weight is dropped too quickly consists of
water. Mineral balance can be disrupted from rapid loss of fluids since
the body excretes sodium when it rids itself of water. Improper
electrolyte balance can be harmful, whereas electrolytes carry electrical
charges and assist in muscle contractions and the proper beating of your
Finally, the Harvard Medical School states that rapid weight loss of
four or more pounds per week can result in liver damage. It is believed
that rapid changes in the level of fat in the blood might play a
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Published On: March 19, 2014