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can you tell me how much weight can you lose from purging?

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Dr. Aron Tendler
Psychiatry 19 years experience
Brief, Non Sustained: Purging by throwing up after meals or by using laxatives or diuretic is a poor method of weight loss. It is also incredibly dangerous. Athletes that have to drop weight for a weigh in for a fight frequently learn the hard way that the trauma of losing 5-7% of your body weight in a day or two causes them to be drained (or worse, electrolyte derangements.) you will regain all the weight in days.

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