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Some Potential Dangers of Dieting

Author: Yehuda Shoenfeld

It's not just the poor rates of effectiveness that makes weight loss such a complicated subject. Trying to get rid of unwanted fat can also be dangerous, if it is approached in the wrong way. This problem is far greater with the 'extreme' types, some six star testosterone booster of diet that promise to take off a lot of weight, quickly, in a very short space of time.

This type of diet often causes loss of muscle tissue instead of fat; (muscle weighs heavier than fat!) They can also increase the risk of heart disease, a slowed down metabolism and other health problems.

Liquid diets, extreme calorie restriction and 'fad diets' that completely eliminate some whole categories of foods are the most dangerous, but any kind of diet can be hazardous to your health: especially if you repeatedly lose then regain weight, or 'yo-yo diet. There are even some types of diet pills that can cause serious health issues as well.

Dietary Supplements

Some of the weight loss supplements are usually intended to be taken for only a short period of time, and often contain large amounts of caffeine and other stimulants.

You should be very wary of this kind of diet pill because they can increase anxiety; they can make you irritable, cause insomnia and other sleep disorders, and can even cause cardiovascular problems in people who have an existing heart weakness.

Then there are the, so called, fat blockers that can produce intestinal discomfort and other digestive problems; and, over time, they can also cause malnutrition by blocking the body's ability to efficiently absorb the important vitamins and minerals that our bodies need.

Some diet pills that work as appetite suppressants can also raise both your heart rate, and blood pressure. There are also some types of herbal weight loss supplements that can have unpleasant side effects; this is especially true for some people who might have a particular allergy to some of their ingredients.

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