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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: April 2014 - Volume 36 - Issue 2 - p 45–48
doi: 10.1519/SSC.0000000000000043
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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.

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.

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

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Jay Dawesis 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 Spanois 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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