If you’re like most women out there, you probably wish weight loss could happen more rapidly. One of the most frustrating facts about a slow-and-steady weight loss routine is how long it takes for the physical results to become noticeable. All of the effort you put into exercising and eating well can take months to finally show. Hence, rapid weight loss methods make an appealing option. While rapid weight loss can be maintained, it cannot be done so easily. Here’s what you need to know.
Weight Loss, Weight Gain and the Time Variable
Any time you’re trying to adjust your weight, be it gaining or losing, time is going to be your friend. When losing weight, you need a deficit of 3,500 calories to lose a pound. General diet convention recommends aiming to lose about one pound per week, which ends up being a deficit of 500 calories each of the seven days. Finding ways to eliminate 500 calories a day is relatively manageable. Typically, you find a way to cut 250 calories from your diet and add in enough daily exercise to burn the other 250. Realistically speaking, over the course of a month you can lose about 4 pounds in such a way that doesn’t exhaust or deprive you.
With rapid weight loss, you expedite the process. Typically, if you’re looking for rapid weight loss you try to lose more than several pounds a week. In order to make this happen, you have to commit to a very rigid diet and exercise plan to keep your calorie intake low. It’s doable, but much harder to maintain.
Rapid Weight Loss Means More Work
Weight loss is all about making behavioral modifications. You go from no exercise to running three days a week, or cut back on your ice cream intake. With a slow and steady traditional weight loss approach, you start small and begin increasing your efforts as your body adjusts to the modifications. This kind of approach ensures success because while you’re putting in effort to make these changes happen, they’re not all-consuming.
Rapid weight loss, on the other hand, is an all-consuming approach. You can’t expect to lose 10 or more pounds a month without putting some hard effort into it. You have to eat all clean foods (eliminate refined sugars and junk foods) and work out rigorously (at least five days a week at high intensity). Most people can only handle this kind of strict discipline for a couple of months, and once you’ve lost weight rapidly, you can’t keep it off unless you’re still very disciplined in your fitness and diet habits. Weight maintenance is the hardest part of the process. You cut back enough on your efforts so as not to lose more weight, but becoming too lax will lead to gaining the weight back. Finding the gauge between two extremes is difficult.
Losing weight rapidly cannot be easily maintained. It takes as much physical and mental effort to maintain your results as it did to lose the weight in the first place. Opting for a less intense method will be the most effective in the long run.