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9 Most Extreme Ways to Lose Weight ...

I know this picture is shocking, but that's what some people are willing to do to their body in order to lose weight.  With more pressure than ever, more and more of us, weight losers, are turning to extreme and dangerous ways to shed the pounds.

But is it really worth it?  Here are the 9 Most Dangerous Ways to Lose Weight I found and their actual chances of success.

1. Stomach Stapling ...

Estimated Time: 1 -2 days
Level of Danger: High
Chance of Success: Medium

This is what you see in that disturbing picture above.  Stomach Stapling involves creating a pouch in the stomach that can only hold an ounce of food. This restricts eating, and leads to immediate weight loss. However, it is a surgery only given to the very obese, and this is because it is very, very risky. Stomach infections are common in people who have this surgery, and it is a very extreme way to lose weight. Unless you are severely overweight, it’s much better to try other, less invasive methods first.

2. Insulin Abuse ...

Estimated Time: 4 days
Level of Danger: High
Chance of Success: High

Another popular way to lose weight, especially with diabetic teenagers, is to inject oneself with less insulin. This means that they have enough to stay alive, but not enough to keep their blood sugars low. Carbohydrates are then indigestible, and stored fat is used as a main source of energy. This is very dangerous. Weight loss occurs very, very fast, and friends and family will often spur on the behaviour by noticing this. However, insulin abuse has terrible consequences and can drastically reduce your lifespan. It will also cause internal damage to the kidneys, bladder and liver. It is never a good idea to abuse your insulin, as you need the full amount to maintain a healthy blood sugar rate. Please do not do this.

3. Liposuction ...

Estimated Time: Immediate, but 3 -4 weeks for recovery
Level of Danger: Medium
Chance of Success: Medium

Liposuction is now readily available, but not many people know what it actually entails. Through tiny incisions, a narrow tube is inserted which is pulled up and down to destroy a layer of fat. This tube then sucks up the fat, and the process starts again elsewhere. Obviously, fluid is lost as well, so most people require a drip, and wake up with extreme bruising which begins to fade 3 – 4 weeks later. They are also scarred, although these are only small, and should be well hidden. Liposuction is a very serious surgery which shouldn’t just be booked online. Talk to your doctor about the process, and see if he has any suggestions. If you decide to go ahead, make sure you use a reputable surgeon and hospital, and that you are sure that this is what you want.  I know I would never get one, especially after seeing what the procedure is in Doctors 90210 on E!.

4. Appetite Oppressing Pills ...

Estimated Time: 1 – 3 weeks
Level of Danger: Medium
Chance of Success: Medium

Some weight loss pills do work, but they must be prescribed by a doctor. Most of the ones available directly to consumers are simply a mix of herbs and stimulants that will cause your body to become addicted. This addiction will lead to high blood pressure, a dry mouth, chest pains and palpitations, if not lung diseases, as well as costing you a fortune. If you want tablets to aid your weight loss, see your doctor, or buy a well known, safe variety such as “Adios”, which will aid your weight loss without risking your life.

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  • 5. Regular Intake  of Laxatives ...

    Estimated Time: Within 72 hours
    Level of Danger: High
    Chance of Success: Low

    This method involves taking a high number of strong laxatives regularly. It works by forcing food out of the body, so that it cannot be properly absorbed. It also causes fluid loss, which can make the user feel skinnier. However, it is completely stupid. After only a short time, this leads to dehydration, diarrhoea, nausea, and vomiting, and eventually causes complete loss of bowel control and even death. I would urge anybody to boycott this dieting fad, because it is never going to do anything but seriously harm your health.

    6. Ipecac Syrup ...

    Estimated Time: 1 – 2 weeks
    Level of Danger: High
    Chance of Success: Medium

    Famous in the modelling industry, this syrup is used to make you throw up. The syrup is intended for use when somebody has been accidentally poisoned, and leads to violent and painful vomiting after its taken. Again, this method is very stupid. While it may help you shed some pounds, it will also cause irregular heartbeats, difficulty breathing and even heart attacks. This is the main killer of people with eating disorders, so please, please think twice before you try it.

    7. Diuretics ...

    Estimated Time: 1 week
    Level of Danger: Medium
    Chance of Success: Low

    Similar to laxatives, “water pills” are marketed at people looking to lose weight fast. In fact, diuretics cause the body to become severely dehydrated, which will lead to heavy water retention and this will leave you looking bulkier then ever. They also seriously damage your kidneys, and cause electrolyte imbalance. If you feel that you do retain too much water naturally, please see your doctor and explain your concerns. He’s likely to have a much better response then something that could leave you desperately needing a kidney transplant.

    8. Starving Oneself ...

    Estimated Time: 48 hours
    Level of Danger: High
    Chance of Success: Low

    For some reason, this remains a popular way to attempt to lose weight. Unfortunately, it fails every single time. Within hours, you will experience cravings, which will get stronger. Drinking water may curb these slightly, but not really, and soon enough the cravings will cause serious pain and will eventually cause you to collapse. You will have headaches, dizziness, nausea, and you will probably damage your internal organs, too. Please, please don’t be this stupid. A common variation of this is to cut out all carbohydrates, or limit foods to only vegetables and water. These are also very likely to fail, and will lead to internal damage. Your body needs food from all of the food groups, so make sure your diet contains them all, in moderation.

    9. Bulimia ...

    Estimated Time: 1 week
    Level of Danger: High
    Chance of Success: Medium

    This is an eating disorder, characterized by binge eating followed by self-induced vomiting. It is also very dangerous. Frequent vomiting will cause chronic gastric reflux, dehydration, hypokalemia, oral trauma, peptic ulcers and inflammation of the oesophagus. After a few cycles, there will also be severe electrolyte imbalance, which can lead to heart attacks. As well as internal damage, there are also external factors, such as rotted teeth enamel, the smell of sick and frequent bathroom visits. Most sufferers become withdrawn because they get scared of people finding out and trying to stop them. Again, this is a very stupid way to try and lose weight and it is fatal a high percent of the time. There are much safer ways to losing weight than this.

    So if you need to lose weight, please do it in a sensible way. Talk to your doctor, consider your diet and exercise, and tell your friends or your parents your intentions. Make sure that the method you choose is sensible and healthy, so that you know that the results are long term, and remember that it’s never worth risking your life to lose weight.

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