When it comes to weight loss how fast is fast enough for you?
In the beginning we are all “Gung Ho” aren’t we?
We make good choices about what we eat, we are exercising and we are hopeful every time we step on the scale.
But for some, like me, that number we see staring back up at us may not be going down as fast as we think it should.
For others, that number may have started out dropping fast, but has now stopped.
For some others, maybe that number hasn’t even dropped at all.
So, how fast is fast enough? I know for me, I like to see results fast, and who doesn’t, right? The hard part is watching and waiting to see the results which can take up to two weeks for some people! Ugh! It takes all the strength I have not to beat the daylights out of that scale!
How do we stay motivated when we aren’t seeing results fast enough?
One thing to remember is, you didn't put all that weight on overnight, so don't expect to lose it overnight either.
Fast weight loss rarely lasts and is really unhealthy. When you lose weight fast, it’s usually water, which means you could be de-hydrating yourself and you can also lose muscle. Losing muscle is not what you want to do. The more muscle you have the more calories you burn.
The best way to lose weight is how you put it on – one pound at a time. The average weight loss is about 2 pounds a week, give or take a pound or two.
2 pounds a week may not sound like much, but it's the surest way to keep it off.
Some weeks you will lose more and some weeks you will lose less. Women especially tend to lose weight at a slower rate than men and our weight tends to fluctuate depending on the time of the month.
So that week before your period, don’t beat yourself up too much if you see that number grow by 3-5 pounds. Just keep on what you are doing and after your period you should see a nice decrease in the scale numbers.
When it comes to weight loss, slow and steady does win the race. It may not be exciting, it can be frustrating at times, but if we shift our focus from short term to long term, then it will be easier for us to see our progress.
Remember, we put it on a pound at a time. That is exactly how we need to lose it.
Keep up the good work!
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