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What are some negative effects of weight loss?

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Possible negative effects of weight loss include gallstone formation, nutritional deficiencies and muscle loss. These issues typically only occur from rapid weight loss, and don't occur with a well-balanced diet. Social isolation and an increased awareness of physical flaws are other possible issues.

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When a dieter loses weight rapidly, his gallbladder is less effective at contracting bile. This increases the risk of gallstone formation. Obesity also increases that risk. Losing a healthy amount of weight, typically 1 to 2 pounds per week, doesn't increase the risk of gallstone formation.

If a diet is too restrictive, it can lead to nutritional deficiencies. For example, low-carbohydrate diets may not provide enough fiber and antioxidants. Nutritional deficiencies can cause psychological issues, weakened bones and a weakened immune system. A balanced diet prevents these issues.

Dieters who lose weight quickly typically lose both muscle and fat. Moderate weight loss is more effective for burning fat.

A dieter may encounter social isolation if his friends lead unhealthy lifestyles that conflict with his new lifestyle, according to Mind Body Green. One solution to this is finding people who also lead healthy lifestyles.

As the dieter loses weight, he can become overly critical of himself and his problem areas. He should avoid these negative thoughts by focusing on his progress instead.

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