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Table 4 Percentage of subjects who experienced side effects of weight loss during the previous year

From: Patterns of weight loss and supplement consumption of male wrestlers in Tehran

Side effects Number of subjects (percent)
Fatigue or weakness 104 (24)
Dizziness 57 (13)
Muscle cramps 52 (12)
Anxiety 44 (10)
Headache 31 (7)
Myalgia 26 (6)
Malaise 26 (6)
Nausea 26 (6)
Depression 22 (5)
Diarrhea 13 (3)
Vomiting 13 (3)
Palpitation 13 (3)
Nose bleeding 9 (2)
Feverish 9 (2)
Irritability 9 (2)
Confusion 9 (2)
in-coordination 9 (2)
Visited by a physician 4 (1)
Syncope 4 (1)
Admitted to Hospital 0 (0)
  1. Malaise: an indefinite feeling of debility or lack of health
  2. Dizziness: lightheadedness, feeling like you might faint, being unsteady or loss of balance
  3. Syncope: temporary loss of consciousness and posture
  4. Uncoordinated movement: an abnormality of muscle control or an inability to finely coordinate movements, resulting in a jerky, unsteady, to-and-fro motion of the trunk or the limbs
  5. Confusion: the inability to think with your usual speed or clarity
  6. Irritability: quick excitability to annoyance, impatience, or anger
  7. Feverish: showing symptoms indicating fever (as increased heat and thirst or delirium)