One of the biggest challenges people face when it comes to sticking to a weight loss program is the rate at which they start to see improvements. When we say improvements, the first one almost everyone thinks of is weight loss. We understand that weight loss is one of the biggest motivators for people when it comes to sticking to a weight loss program, however, rapid or fast weight loss is often frowned upon by medical professionals.
Why is rapid weight loss not recommended by health professionals? Rapid weight loss takes an extraordinary amount of exercise and often entails an unhealthy or unrealistic diet that can not only set you up for failure, but set you up for a serious health consequences. A weight loss of 1 to 2 pounds a week is the typical recommendation and although it may seem slow moving at first, it is the only way that has been proven to be sustainable and to change long term lifestyle habits. Healthy weight loss kind of goes along with the quote we have all heard our whole lives, “All good things come to those who wait” or in this case, “All good things come to those who work at it one week at a time!”
Keep in mind there are circumstances and situations that rapid weight loss is recommended by a physician when I person is experiencing severe side effects as a result of being overweight. These recommendations are always done under a physicians supervision and through a medical weight loss program.
Remember that 1 pound of fat contains 3,500 calories. So to lose 1 pound a week, you need to burn 500 more calories than you eat each day. Working with your ReYou Wellness coach will help you specifically determine what your daily caloric intake should be and how many calories you need to burn each day through physical activity to help you achieve your weight loss goals. Make an appointment today and start chipping away at those stubborn excess pounds and watch yourself ReNEW!