When our mindset is right and we are determined to lose weight–be it for health reasons or to look good– it is often then that we can become impatient. We want to see results immediately and get frustrated with the wait and the process. You’ve probably heard people say go slow and steady to keep the weight off long-term, right? Well, that’s because many studies show that when we lose weight slowly, there are fewer health risks and we tend to form longer-lasting healthy habits. But on the other hand, there have been studies that show that rapid weight loss could be just as good as slow weight loss. Look at the famed Dr. Now on My 600 lb. Life. Even though his clients are morbidly obese, in order to get the gastrostomy surgery, they need to drastically cut down on their calories and drastically cut down on their weight to start transforming their lives and go under the knife. The only difference between them and us at home? We don’t have a team of doctors, dietitians, or fitness coaches pushing us to eat less and exercise more. How nice would that be though?! 😍
Many experts say that losing 1-2 pounds a week is a healthy and safe rate, which is around 4-8 pounds a month. They believe that losing more than that is considered too much; that it could put you at risk of developing certain health problems. These can be losing too much muscle, nutritional deficiencies, gallstones, and a drop in metabolism too.
Just a side note – going slow can also help with preventing excess skin! Massaging the skin with things like bio or coconut oil can greatly increase the tightness of the skin during weight loss. Plus give you super soft skin!
If you are starting to diet and exercise, you might lose more than 2 pounds in your first week. That’s OK because that’s the initial dieting period. The body gets a ‘shock’ from less food and more exercise – and you lose a lot of water weight. When this happens, your body will start to dip into its energy store which is known as glycogen. The glycogen gets burned for fuel and the body releases the water. You could experience a major drop in weight at first in your first few weeks. Once your body has used up the glycogen stores, your weight might start stabilizing at losing around a pound or 2 a week.
Usually, after 3-5 years, they have regained all their weight. Ouch! It’s the reason that experts suggest losing weight at a slower, steadier pace. Crash diets usually lead to people going right back to their old ways. If you are losing weight at a slower, steadier pace, it might be because you are following a kind of lifestyle diet; eating more fruit and veggies and holding back on the sugar-sweet beverages. Look at some great diets. When you follow these types of diets, you usually keep the weight off long-term. Again, there are other studies that show that rapid weight loss can be just as effective, even for the long-term as well. However, these ‘successful’ studies are people on rapid weight loss diets who had ongoing support from dieticians and doctors during the weight-loss study. Research also shows that when you have support from health professionals all along the way, you can experience long-term weight loss success. It is just that this is unlikely to happen with a person at home who does not have a constant dietician and doctor supervision where the rapid weight loss diet would be successful. Also, dieticians and doctors often try and minimize the health risks mentioned above that come with rapid weight loss diets and eating minimal calories. Not only that, but rapid weight loss diets with minimal calories can also slow down your metabolism. Metabolism usually drops because of the loss of muscle and also a fall in the hormones which regulate your metabolism like your thyroid hormone. It’s unfortunate, too, that the drop in metabolism can last long after your diet. Nutritional deficiency results too, which can cause hair loss, excessive fatigue, poor immune function, weak and brittle bones, gallstones, feeling cold all the time, muscle cramps, dizziness, dehydration.
There are great tips to help you lose weight at a healthy pace. Slow weight loss might not sound as attractive as fast weight loss, but there are some healthy ways you can speed up your weight loss safe like eating more protein for instance. Look at the spacemen – how do they add more protein to their diet? They make it meteor! Also, don’t forget to cut back on sugar and starch!
Good things take time.
Have you had experience with fast vs slow weight loss? Which worked best for you? Let me know in the comments below!