5 Things to Know About the Dangers of Rapid Weight Loss

Maintaining a healthy weight is important to help prevent diseases such as heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes. Being overweight puts you at greater risk for many medical conditions and can create unnecessary stress on the joints. Losing weight is hard work and should be done slowly so the body can adapt to the changes. Unless you are under a doctor's care, you should not lose more then 1 to 2 lbs. per week. This is a safe amount of weight that will allow your body to slowly adjust to the changes and you will be more successful at keeping it off. Losing any more weight then that can lead to severe health problems. You need to make sure you are eating a well balanced diet in order to maintain good overall health.

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Maintaining a healthy weight is important to help prevent diseases such as heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes. Being overweight puts you at greater risk for many medical conditions and can create unnecessary stress on the joints. Losing weight is hard work and should be done slowly so the body can adapt to the changes. Unless you are under a doctor's care, you should not lose more then 1 to 2 lbs. per week. This is a safe amount of weight that will allow your body to slowly adjust to the changes and you will be more successful at keeping it off. Losing any more weight then that can lead to severe health problems. You need to make sure you are eating a well balanced diet in order to maintain good overall health.

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