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Side Effects of Unnatural Weight Loss

Side Effects of Unnatural Weight Loss

27/01/2021 Weight Loss

Obesity is the highest it has ever been. It is also, without a doubt, the major cause of a number of serious and life-threatening diseases. Methods like surgery or diet pills may seem like a miraculous solution for those with a strong urge to shed excess weight. But how safe are these methods? Do they have toxic side effects? Many studies have claimed that these methods come with their own safety gamble.

Pill-induced weight loss

Diet supplement manufacturers make alluring promises about the properties of their drugs, which are often not backed by any clinical research. In fact, such supplements tend to hold hidden dangers to our health. Despite the risks associated with diet supplements, their popularity continues to grow, especially among individuals with eating disorders.

Dietary supplements are regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA); however, many consumers are unaware that FDA considers these supplements as food rather than medication. FDA also does not regulate claims made by over-the-counter weight loss pills. This means that weight loss supplements do not require approval from FDA before they are marketed.

Rapid weight loss can lead to many health-related issues. Possible serious risks include gallstones, malnutrition, dehydration, and electrolyte imbalances. The dangers increase with the time spent on the diet. Meanwhile, the side effects of dietary supplements can include:

  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Irritability
  • Dizziness
  • Constipation
  • Menstrual irregularities
  • Hair loss
  • Muscle loss
  • High blood pressure
  • Increased heart rate
  • Diarrhea
  • Agitation
  • Sleeplessness
  • Kidney problems
  • Liver damage
  • Rectal bleeding

Weight loss through surgery

Weight loss surgery, also known as bariatric surgery, is one of the most common methods that obese individuals turn to when attempting to lose weight faster. The surgery involves making changes to the digestive system. Some procedures restrict how much one can eat, while other procedures work to reduce the body’s ability to absorb nutrients.

Side effects of weight-loss surgery can include:

  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Diarrhea
  • Leakage from the areas of the small intestine, stomach, or both that were stapled or sewn together
  • Blood clots, which can move to the heart or lungs

Post-surgery can also lead to many side effects. Since the body may not absorb adequate nutrients, patients continuously have to be prescribed various minerals and vitamins. Lack of nutrients can further cause health problems like anemia. Additionally, rapid weight loss can lead to gallstones. Some doctors prescribe medicines for about 6 months after surgery to help prevent them. The gastric bands can also get push out of position or erode into the stomach wall post-surgery.

Losing Weight with FCBS Dubai

Although many dietary supplements and surgical options are available to assist with weight loss, there is no denying the importance of a safe and healthy weight loss technique. At FCBS Dubai, our certified therapists offer medically proven weight loss programmes along with nutritional guidance to help women achieve their weight goals while keeping their health and safety in check.

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