10 Risks of Quick Weight Loss: From Low Brainpower to Hair Loss

Achieving a healthy weight is not risky, but crash dieting is a whole 'nother story.

10 Risks of Quick Weight Loss: From Low Brainpower to Hair Loss

Q: I'm on a weight-loss diet and my friend keeps warning me about the risks I'm taking. That seems nuts since being overweight is what's really risky. Are there dangers to losing weight?

A: Achieving and maintaining a healthy weight is not risky. It's essential for improved health. But — and there is always a but —crash dieting or yo-yo dieting is a whole 'nother story. Weight loss should be done by adopting new habits for a lifetime, not following extreme or rigid diets that virtually guarantee failure.

Research on The Biggest Loser contestants showed that extreme dieting slows metabolism far more and for a longer time than ever realized. And a meta-analysis of studies found dieters regain over half of what they lose within two years.


Crash dieters can:

In extreme cases, crash dieters can see:

  • hair loss
  • sleep disturbances
  • disruption or complete stopping of the menstrual cycle

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