Is slow and steady weight loss really the best approach? Losing weight and keeping it off can be a frustrating battle. So what are the benefits of losing weight slowly.
Quick starvation diets can wreak havoc on your metabolism, they can damage your weight loss efforts for the long term.
When looking at how best to lose weight slow and steady, consider your health and family history, your metabolism, your activity level, your age and your gender.
Men can eat more than women and still lose weight. That’s because men tend to naturally burn more calories than woman, thanks to their larger size, muscle mass, and elevated levels of the hormone testosterone, which promotes muscle growth. The male body is genetically designed for more muscle and less fat than the female body because men do not have to store the energy required to bear children.
Once you come to terms with this fact and start eating less than your male partner or friends, the scale will thank you.
To be successful at weight loss, you need to make sustainable lifestyle changes, like making healthy food choices at almost every meal.
Setting your weight loss goal at 1 to 2 pounds per week is sensible and doable. You can achieve this by cutting down on high fat foods and sugary snacks and drinks.
Adding aerobic activity several times per week will help you to build muscle and burn off excess calories.
You will want to avoid weight loss plans that encourage you to lose too much or too little weight at a time. Also you’ll want to lose enough weight to see a difference and stay motivated to continue your healthy habits.
The keys to success:
1: – make realistic changes to your diet and physical activity that can become a part of your regular routine
2: – the best way to lose weight is to make long-term changes to diet and physical activity that result in a steady rate of weight loss
3: – aim to lose weight at around 0.5kg to 1kg a week (1lb to 2lb), until you achieve a healthy body mass index (BMI)
Lots of us eat and drink more than we realise and do little physical activity. The result is often weight gain.
To lose weight, we need to change our current habits. This means eating less – even when eating a healthy, balanced diet – and getting more active.
So, back to the question, “is slow weight loss more sustainable?” well it all depends on your current weight, is it your ideal weight. If the answer is no, then a slow and steady weight loss diet maybe for you.
Fad diets and exercise regimes that result in rapid weight loss are unlikely to work for long, because these kinds of lifestyle changes cannot be maintained.
Once you stop the regime, you’re likely to return to old habits and regain weight.
In conclusion, as with any weight loss program, so having a slow and steady weight loss plan and/or diet is healthier and more sustainable and you’ll discover the benefits of healthy weight loss in the long run.
The information contained in this article is strictly for informational purposes and is not intended to provide medical advice.