Weight loss – Fast or Slow

Weight loss – Fast or Slow

Weight Loss - Fast or Slow?

Many celebrity actors have to diet or workout for their roles.

Tom Hanks who was nominated for an Oscar in the 2000 movie Cast Away, springs to mind. The 55 year old actor from Concord, California had to lose 50lbs to convince the public he was stranded on a desert island for four and a half years.Tom was lucky because after he shot the ”fat half” of the film, he had a year to diet for the second half. He started on a very strict diet – fish, vegetables, very little carbohydrates, only water, etc. He would also do all types of cardio for about 2 hours a day, 6 days a week. Tom had already lost 26lbs while playing the part of a senior associate with aids in the 1993 film Philadelphia which he won an Oscar for.

Curtis James Jackson III or better known as “50 Cent” lost over 50lbs for his role in the 2011 movie “All Things Fall Apart”. The 36 year old, 6ft rapper from Queens, New York plays a footballer who has a deadly disease.

Losing 50-plus pounds was a complicated process for “50 Cent”. He had to drop from 214lbs to 160 in 9 weeks by going on a liquid diet
and running on a treadmill three hours a day. His weight is now up at 198lbs but he does not expect to win any awards for his acting!

Is Losing Weight Fast…..Good For You ?

The key to successful weight loss is to go for slow, manageable, sustainable results. The only effective way to lose weight is to take in fewer calories than you burn off each day, states the Mayo Clinic. While a doctor can help you jump-start a diet with surgery or quick-acting very-low calorie plans, you must transition into a diet that becomes a way of life to stay healthy, reach and maintain your ideal weight. Quick weight loss can lead to a number of serious consequences when not managed by a health care professional.

Quick weight-loss diets are not sustainable. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, deprivation can lead to overindulgence and binge eating. When your body lacks sufficient nutrients from certain food groups, cravings result that lead to overeating. Most of the initial weight loss in extreme diets is water weight that quickly returns when you start eating a normal diet again. As fat begins to disappear on unhealthy quick weight loss diets, muscle also dissipates. High protein diets, usually high in fat, can lead to heart disease, stroke, cancer and eventual weight gain, reports the American Heart Association.

Fasting and strict very low calorie diets can lead to fatigue, hair loss and menstruation irregularities. Initial side effects also include intolerance to changing temperatures, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. Confusion and dizziness are common among dieters who don’t receive sufficient nutrition. Side effects of completely eliminating certain food groups can lead to vitamin and mineral deficiencies that can have serious consequences such as osteoporosis, anemia and cancer.

Many fad diets over time have been banned from legal distribution because of the fatalities they caused, but losing weight too fast on any diet can lead to death. According to CVS Health Resources, diets in the past based on liquid shakes, pills and injections continually came under scrutiny when dieters died in significant numbers. Dieters losing weight too fast can die from heart attacks and strokes when using methods designed to control appetite and provide energy. When the body goes into starvation mode as it continues to be deprived of necessary nutrition, it begins to store fat. When those fat reserves are used up, the body turns to the muscles and vital organs for energy, leading to malnutrition, system shutdowns and death.

I think it is important to point out that “50 Cent’s” decision to lose so much weight so quickly is not the norm but he had to discipline himself to actually be in the physical state of the character he was portraying.

“50 Cent” commented that “All Things Fall Apart” was a passion project for him as the film is about a childhood friend who died of cancer.