What are the real issues with lossing weight to fast?

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Posted: 31 Dec 2009, 06:51
When i weigh in I get a warning that I'm losing weight to fast - about a pound a day. Now I have just started my diet and I know that I will not continue to lose at this rate, however I'm feeling great. I'm working out every morning for about 30 minutes, and I'm getting plenty of protein - at least I think. I'm also drinking lots of water to make sure that it is not just water weight that I'm losing.

I know that you run the risk or rebounding, and losing muscle. How ever if I eat enough protein and I stick with this diet even after I have passed my goal weight and continue to adjust my life style to stick with the weight I want to keep what are the other real risks of this?

For note currently I'm losing about a pound a day, I'm 260 and want to get down to 200 pounds.

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Posted: 31 Dec 2009, 09:33
You hit on some of the big things yourself.

1) If the weight you're losing is muscle instead of fat, you'll slow down your metabolism.

2) I've read gallstones can form thanks to rapid weight loss.

3) Losing weight too fast may be a sign that you're not getting a proper amount of some nutrients.

Best advice is to take your food log and show it to your doctor. If they green light what you're doing, then there isn't a problem!

"There's no doubt that the Atkins diet will lower your cholesterol, weight and blood pressure and get rid of your diabetes, but then what?" asked Dr. Robert Rosati, the cardiologist who runs The Rice Diet Program Clinic, granddaddy of Durham's diet centers.

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Posted: 31 Dec 2009, 10:37
I think it's normal to lose weight quickly when you first start. As long as you aren't eating TOO little I wouldn't worry about it too much. @ 260 lb, you can probably lose weight on a 1800 calorie a day diet, but my doctor recommended 1200 calories to me so that would probably be fine too if it doesn't bother you. I think the main worry is that if you are too restrictive about your diet you will eventually give in and binge. If that isn't happening and you feel great, don't worry about it! Your body will tell you when it isn't getting enough nutrition by making you feel exhausted and cranky Smile
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Posted: 31 Dec 2009, 11:27
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Posted: 31 Dec 2009, 16:14
I believe in your key words. You will lose at the start of any plan quicker than later on. A lot of that is water weight I believe.
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Posted: 01 Jan 2010, 09:30
Thanks for your replies. I thought that cutting back to 1800 was a lot, I might have to keep an eye on it and see if I need to go down a little closer to 1200. I don't believe that it is water weight because I'm drinking lots of water to make sure that does not happen. I am concerned about losing muscle, but I'm not sure how much protein I need to be taking in to make sure that does not happen.

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Posted: 01 Jan 2010, 10:25
I think she meant you are losing water weight. I wouldn't be overly concerned with it. You sound like you are having a good attitude about things, just don't get upset when you stop losing a pound a day. Some days I may sit at the same weight for almost the whole week then I may drop .2, .4, or even a whole pound like I did today. But I am consistent with my diet and exercise.
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Posted: 01 Jan 2010, 10:36
just to clarify, when you drink more water, you WILL lose water weight. that is because when you are dehydrated, your body retains the little water it has. however, when you begin to drink the proper amount of water, your body does not feel the need to hoard it, and will release the excess from your body - resulting in water weight loss. so, some of your weight loss is definitely water weight - which is a good thing. good luck to you!

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Posted: 09 Oct 2012, 09:57
how are you losing the weight ? what r u doing? i need help
Sept2012:253lbs (starting)

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