How Much Do Bones Weigh?

The human skeleton’s bones account for around 15 percent of the body’s total mass. Thus, a 200-pound individual has around 30 pounds of bone mass.

Due to the direct link between body mass and bone mass, weight reduction can result in bone loss. The initial body mass determines the risk of bone loss associated with weight loss. If weight reduction through dieting reduces calcium intake or absorption efficiency, bones are significantly damaged.

To avoid damaging bone health after losing weight, The Huffington Post encourages exposure to sunlight or other sources of vitamin D, which aids calcium absorption, as well as a reduction in the consumption of caffeinated foods and beverages.

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