01 Apr 2018
Losing Weight Slowly Or Quickly?
We always hear that to lose weight and keep it off you must lose weight slowly. This leads you to believe that if you lose weight quickly you must be doing something that is unhealthy (like starving yourself) or unsustainable (like eating only cabbage soup).
It’s natural for anyone trying to lose weight to want to lose it very quickly. Evidence shows that people who lose weight gradually and steadily (about 1 to 2 pounds per week) are more successful at keeping weight off. Healthy weight loss isn’t just about a ‘diet’ or ‘program’. It’s about an ongoing lifestyle that includes long-term changes in daily eating and exercise habits”.
Permanent, positive changes in your lifestyle is what is required if you want to feel and look your best. But losing weight slowly is not the only way to do it.
Research shows that small healthy changes in lifestyle makes it easier to sustain long-term. Making small changes providing a slow weight loss are more likely to keep the weight off and continue to lose weight over time as opposed to the people making bigger lifestyle changes/ faster-paced weight loss.
Losing weight more slowly is easier on you and therefore, more sustainable.
However, the more quickly you see results, the more motivated you’ll be. Perhaps once you lock into a lifestyle that supports looking and feeling good you won’t want to revert back to your old ways.
We shouldn’t worry to much about how fast or slow we lose weight. You lose it slow, you lose it fast, it’s all about the same as long as you’re not doing anything dangerous or unhealthy. For some people, when something takes forever, they tend to want to give up. Fast results can be very motivating. For someone else, smaller changes might be more sustainable.
But one thing is for sure, I definitely don’t believe that the only way to permanent change is slow weight loss. I am all for losing weight in a healthy sustainable way but I am also aware that everyone is different, having a lot of PT clients that I see on regular basis has given me a great insight into how different our minds and views towards exercise, losing weight and how we are all motivated in different way. People don’t come in one size or shape. For some, perhaps an extreme diet can be a great jumping off point to spark a weight loss journey that includes redefining their whole diet and lifestyle so that they can sustain the positive changes. It’s more important to ensure you are being healthy and ensure that you can sustain what it is you are doing.
I have food groups – A, B & C – its really simple – eat as much as you like of A group foods, be mindful or B group foods and limiting portions and avoid C group foods as much as possible. For faster weight loss stick only to A Group foods.