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The Potential Dangers of Using Rapid Weight Loss Techniques

Fletcher, Garrett O. MS1; Dawes, Jay PhD2; Spano, Marie MS3

Strength & Conditioning Journal:
doi: 10.1519/SSC.0000000000000043
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Abstract

ABSTRACT: PERSONAL TRAINING CLIENTS OFTEN HAVE BODY COMPOSITION GOALS THAT REQUIRE THEM TO LOSE LARGE, OR EXTREME, AMOUNTS OF WEIGHT OVER A SHORT PERIOD. CONSEQUENTLY, THIS MAY LEAD TO THE USE OF A WIDE VARIETY OF RAPID WEIGHT LOSS TECHNIQUES THAT CAN BE HARMFUL TO THEIR HEALTH AND LONG-TERM SUCCESS.

Author Information

1Independent Practice, Austin, Texas;

2Department of Health Sciences, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, Colorado; and

3Spano Sports Nutrition Consulting, Atlanta, Georgia

Conflicts of Interest and Source of Funding: The authors report no conflicts of interest and no source of funding.

Garrett O. Fletcher is an independent strength and conditioning consultant for numerous professional and amateur mixed martial arts athletes.

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Jay Dawes is an assistant professor in the Beth-El College of Nursing and Health Sciences at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs.

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Marie Spano is a Sports Nutritionist, owner of Spano Sports Nutrition Consulting and Co-Editor: of the NSCA's Guide to Sport and Exercise Nutrition.

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