How fast is too fast?

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Posted: 21 Jul 2017, 23:09
I had my first Diverticulitis attack about a month ago. It was very painful and I had to go on a liquid diet for a week. I began to lose weight very quickly. I figured I would level off once I returned to solid food, but my appetite never fully returned and I continued to lose weight without actively trying. I decided to start tracking my calorie intake to figure out what was going on found this site. It turns out I'm only averaging about 1200 calories a day. That's very low, but that's all the appetite I have. I have lost 40 pounds (about 18 kg) in just over a month and continue to lose about a pound a day (half a kilo). I started at 345 pounds (156 kg), so I needed to lose weight anyway, but isn't a pound a day dangerously fast? Is there any health risk I should be worried about? I know I need to stay hydrated to prevent kidney stones and other trouble, but is there anything else I need to worry about?

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Posted: 24 Jul 2017, 22:05
I guess this isn't the helpful community I was hoping for. My weight seems to have stabilized anyway, so I guess I'll just use the site to record my numbers.

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Posted: 25 Jul 2017, 04:27
Please don't give up on the community! I was going to respond to your post but then thought that it is really a question that deserved far more scientific/medical knowledge than I possess. Perhaps others thought the same. But anyways.. these were my thoughts. I don't know if there are any dangerous health risks to a rapid weight loss. A pound a day is quite high, but I've seen others on this site who have lost that over short periods of time. Staying hydrated is always important, and probably more so when your body is changing. The biggest thing that people notice (myself included) and comment about is more cosmetic in nature: a more rapid weight loss (say more than a pound of week) leaves you with rolls of saggy skin which, to some probably disappointing extent, will shrink back over time.

To up your calorie intake, you might consider some nutrition bars or shakes.

Hope this is helpful .. certainly ask your doctor about it!

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Posted: 25 Jul 2017, 11:43
I wouldn't let it bother me that no one responded right away - I often don't see new posts unless I'm scrolling down the page to see them. As for the weight loss, it wouldn't hurt to mention it to your doctor. When I underwent surgery to remove my kidney, I lost 12 lbs over one week and it took a couple of weeks for my appetite to recover. As rhills said, make sure you're keeping well hydrated, and consider using nutritional shakes or bars until your appetite recovers some. Anyway, I hope you're having a better day today - all the best!

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Posted: 25 Jul 2017, 12:53
I agree with Rhills, it may be that you need a medical answer rather than a nutritional/anecdotal one. It may be that you are losing water. Weight loss is dramatic at first, especially when you have a lot to lose but it does taper off.

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Posted: 28 Aug 2017, 23:58
I talked to my doctor this week and he agrees the loss is fast, but supports my 1000 calories per day as long as I continue taking vitamin supplements and keep hydrated. He ordered blood tests and all my numbers are normal. He said the weight loss should begin to slow as I get close to my goal. That hasn't happened yet, but I have a long way to go.

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Posted: 29 Aug 2017, 13:54
As long as you are working with a doctor, I would think you are doing fine. I started my weight loss journey on January 1st of this year. Since I have actually stuck with it for so long (not my usual MO) I have found that after many months, I'm in better 'tune' with my body. Sometimes my calorie count gets low for a couple days, but then I can just feel that my body wants more calories and I increase them a little. My weight loss has been fairly steady and continues as I near my goal. Some days I eat a little more, other days less but I'm usually around 1,100 to 1,300 calories.

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Posted: 30 Aug 2017, 07:45
I use this site for logging calories but I suggest a more active community as far as forums are concerned. I don't see a problem with the rapid fat loss. I, personally would do it slower since I like to eat twice as much and I need the energy for my workouts. Keep up the good work, getting to a healthy weight is critical for your long term health.
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