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    Is losing weight at the rate of 2kg/week OK?

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    On a diet plan. Only brisk walking 30 min. Or more. No other exercise as I am having Disc prolapse. Have lost 8 kgs, from 89 kg to 81 kg, within 1 month of dieting Height: 165 cm Age:27 yr Is it OK to lose weight at this rate ?? I am concerned. I don't feel Hunger or weakness.
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  • Clare Wolski

    Dietitian, Nutritionist

    I'm Clare and I'm a passionate Accredited Practicing Dietitian (APD). I love empowering people with good nutrition information so they can make the best decisions ... View Profile

    Hi there, 

    While this rate of weight loss is fast, it is difficult to say whether it is risky without looking at your diet plan. Do you know the energy or macronutrient (carbohydrate, protien and fat) breakdown of your diet plan? Are you including lots of whole foods like vegetables.

     It may be that your weight will plateau and the average weight of rate loss per week will decrease. 

    The main risk of rapid weight loss is nutrient deficiency and loss of muscle mass. It is a good sign that you are not feeling weak or fatigued, but if weight continues to decrease at a rate which you are not comfortable with, I would recommend speaking to your doctor or to an Accredited Practising Dietitian. 

    All the best of luck!

    Clare Wolski

    healthyeatinghub.com.au

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  • Kirsty Woods

    Exercise Physiologist

    Hi I’m Kirsty Woods,I would like to use my experience, expertise and passion to help you reach your weight, energy and health goalsI have been ... View Profile

    From the background information, including age it is quite possible for 2kg/week to be healthy. Given you are not hungry or fatigued this indicates you are not dramatically underfeeding. However would advise that you get a body composition assessment with follow up to ensure weight loss is from fat not muscle. Muscle loss is often associated with weight regain. 

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