Why taking it slow is safer and better than quick weight loss?
Fad diets. They’re the ones that promise to help you lose weight at least 15 pounds a month, even though the healthy weight loss is only 1 to 2 pounds each week.
It’s indeed tempting to try those fad diets. Who doesn’t want to see those extra fats melting away before summer season ends?
Unfortunately, quick weight loss is possible but not all people who are trying to lose weight will experience it. Plus, long-term extreme weight loss isn’t safe.
Having the first drop
When I started my weight loss journey, I’ve lost about 2 kilograms during the first week. It wasn’t a bad thing. But when I reached that certain weight, my journey went slow. That’s because the first few pounds were just mostly water weight.
Even patients who had gastric bypass surgery lost weight dramatically during the first few days experienced a slow down. But, according to doctors, it’s actually a healthy weight loss rate.
What we must worry of is if we continue to lose 10 pounds a week.
Best strategy to lose weight
Experts do recommend counting calories. It’s tiresome but it can guide us in having safer weight loss journey. They advise cutting down calories up to 1,000 calories by simply eating less while exercising more.
Thus, if we try to cut at least 500 calories a day every week, we can surely lose one pound.
Other strategies that will likely to help in losing 1 pound a week will include:
- Daily exercise of 150 minutes each a week
- Fat intake reduction (don’t eat pork. I gained 1 kilogram in one day after eating ¼ kilo lechon baboy)
- Increase fruit and veggies intake
If you try to keep these strategies as long as possible, you’re more likely to lose weight and have a long-term healthy routine. This will certainly keep the weight off.
Symptoms that you’re doing it wrong
Extreme weight isn’t healthy. It’s dangerous as you’re not getting adequate nutrients. Further, you may develop eating disorder because of your obsession with your weight.
Here are some symptoms that you’re losing too much weight:
- Thinning hair
- Being sick all the time
- Feel cold more often
- Fewer to no menstrual cycles
It can be frustrating if we don’t see the weight scale not moving down as fast as possible. But in this weight loss race, slow and steady always wins.
Persistence and patience are the keys to achieving weight loss goal. At least, that’s what I learned from my weight loss journey.