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When Is Weight Loss Not Healthy? 5 Common Unhealthy Ways To Lose Weight

Fitness Model Shamed On Social Media For Attaining Healthy Weight

Courtney Black: Fitness Model

Courtney Black is a 21 year London-based fitness model. Her Instagram following can be said to be healthy, with 130,000-plus followers and growing. After posting a story about her once not healthy weight loss program, she earned admirers and trolls who shame her for reaching a healthy weight.

Apparently, there are a good number of people out there who just don’t want to believe that weight loss can be unhealthy. Conversely, they don’t want to believe that weight gain can actually be healthy.

Black realized she wasn’t healthy, even as she overzealously pursued a healthy lifestyle. She decided to change and chose a healthy higher weight instead of an unhealthy low weight. And she looks great.

But, as it turns out, not all see it that way. Some want to see the starved greyhound look back. Weight loss has become almost synonymous with good health.

So, When Weight Loss Not Healthy?

1. When A Disorder Is Present, Known Or Unknown

Though Black’s story does say this, she may have been suffering from a mental disorder (I refrain from suggesting which one this might be as this is not my area of expertise). Good thing she overcame this.

Some people have struggled for many years with a disorder without even realizing they have one. People used to complement Julia Russell on how great she looked. It took an observant (and honest) acquaintance to bring it to her attention that she did not look healthy. Her story is on Shape magazine website.

This is why it is a good thing to work with a healthcare professional especially when your weight problem is a serious or stubborn one. A common disorder with women is anorexia, which is characterized by obsessive desire to lose weight.

2. When It Is Not Fat That You Lose

We have said time and again, that it is not just about losing weight. What you want is to lose fat. You can lose weight in various potentially unhealthy and unsafe ways. These include losing muscle or water. Moreover, you can lose weight this way and still carry too much fat.

3. When You Over-Exercise

Courtney Black’s story is a good example of this. She would be working out in the gym at 5am before work and again at lunch time. Like virtually anything else, extreme exercising can be detrimental, and can even cause lasting harm.

4. When You Go On Fad Diets, Fasting Diets, And Starvation Diets

Fad diets are named so for a reason, they are fads that come with a lot of excitement and then soon fade away and disappear.

They often overlap with starvation and fasting diets, which involve eating very small amounts of food in order to lose weight quickly. Starvation can be counter-productive as your body could go into starvation mode and try to cling on to fat, not to mention cause low energy, headaches, fatigue, and other issues. These can also lead to lasting health problems.

Fasting diets? These can be tricky, as they can be quite healthy when done right and risky if not. There are various ways these can be done without totally depriving your body of nutrients for extended periods, which is not recommended.

Fad diets, fasting diets, and starvation diets may work in the short-term, but they are almost certainly not sustainable and therefore not long-term solutions.

5. When You Skip Meals

Skipping meals is one of the commonest things people do when trying to lose weight. After all, when you skip a meal you eat less so you lose weight, right?

Wrong. As in starvation and fasting diets, when you skip a meal your body senses food shortage. It then slows down your metabolism and holds on to calories instead of burning them. It is one of the reasons it can be so hard to lose weight when on a diet.

Skipping meals can also lead to overeating and binge-eating when the next meal that you do eat comes around.

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