Is It Dangerous To Lose Weight Too Quickly?


If you’ve read any of our posts regarding weight loss and health, you’ll find that we tend to look for the best working methods or techniques of losing weight quickly. Though the basic concept of losing weight quickly or slowly remains the same in theory, the degree of difficulty it takes to achieve either one varies greatly. On top of that, fast weight loss is sometimes questioned in regards to its safety and practicality. There are plenty of individuals who truly believe that losing weight too quickly can be dangerous, and there are also those who think that losing weight quickly is the best way to do it. There is a lot of conflicting information on the internet and what some people tell you will differ greatly from what others say, but what is the actual truth here? Is there any merit to the idea that losing weight in a fast manner can be dangerous?


Losing Weight Too Fast Has The Potential To Be Dangerous

In certain instances, rapid weight loss has the potential to be dangerous. Keep in mind however that to reach this point of danger is quite extreme and difficult to get to even when intentionally trying to do so. The reason for this is that the human body is naturally built to withstand duress and a massive loss of fat in a short period of time without putting too much of a mental toll on a person. When it can get dangerous is in cases where individuals fast for several days (or even weeks) and continue to work out hard. This is one of the best ways an individual can burn fat quickly however there is a risk involved; you can potentially lower your blood pressure too much from the lack of calories and faint/pass out. As we eat less, we have the tendency to become more and more lightheaded. Adding rigorous exercise to the mix can only worsen this and can make losing weight too quickly very dangerous, especially if you don’t have a lot of fat stores.

While there are many instances in which weight loss became dangerous for individuals, these situations are very rare and most people aren’t capable of lasting that long without food anyways. It’s important to keep this information though in case you are ever close of reaching this dangerous point in your weight loss journey. For the vast majority of the population however, losing weight quickly is just fine.


Rapid Weight Loss In Most Cases

Even when doing something like losing 30 pounds in 30 days (which some may consider to be extreme), it should be relatively safe for the average person. The average person typically has plenty of fat stores to lose and eats enough food throughout the day to avoid any possible health complications. If your body fat is higher than 10%, it is unlikely that a dangerous level of weight loss can be easily achieved. However, if you are already quite thin and are working out heavily while also fasting or eating very little in general, it is in your best interest to be very careful in your fat-loss ventures.


Bottom Line: Be Safe, But Don’t Be Afraid

As we’ve already mentioned, the potential for danger when it comes to fast weight loss is there. But the chances of the average person reaching this point are quite slim and most people have nothing to be worried about and should try to lose weight as quickly as possible without any concerns. The concern comes into play mostly when we’re talking about a lack of calorie intake or fat stores. When your body does not have enough fuel to keep going and you are putting it through rigorous training, the opportunity for danger becomes greater.

Ana S. Vargas

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Ana S. Vargas

Ana grew up in Oaxaca, Mexico. After her and her sisters’ life was endangered due to personal reasons, their mother had decided that they would immigrate to the United States. She worked two full-time jobs to support her 3 daughters and instilled a certain belief system and work-ethic in Ana and her sisters. After graduating from the University of Southern California with a doctor of medicine degree, Ana worked 4 short years in the field. Shortly thereafter, she decided to follow her passion of blogging and providing insightful information to those who would read her content. She is the primary author of Beauty Intensified.