I started getting serious about weight loss recently and have reduced my calorie intake somewhat significantly. I've been doing this for about 6 weeks now and the results have been very satisfying.
However, I keep having co-workers tell me that I may be losing weight too rapidly and that its "dangerous".
Just to be clear, in my case I weighed 283 lbs when I started. After 6 weeks I've lost 18 lbs. My current calorie intake is roughly 2000 a day (after counting calorie burn from mild exercise). I feel fine. The only side effect I've noticed is that I'm often sleepy at work (desk job). I eat mostly the same foods now that I've always eaten, just less of it and a complete ban on fast foods.
As I get closer to my goal of ~190 lbs I know I will have to reduce calories further to keep the same 2.5 lbs a week loss, but eventually I will bring my calorie intake back to maintenance levels.
Oddly, I don't feel hungry or anything. I'm positive I could shave off another 250 calories a day before my body started complaining, but I think my current schedule is adequate.
Am I in any real danger while following this plan? I know that losing almost 100 lbs in a year is drastic and my body will likely be affected in some way, but mostly I thought this would be good.