Remember that story from your childhood – and maybe you still read it to your children – “The Tortoise and the Hare”?
The moral of the story was, “slow and steady wins the race”.
And that’s should be your mantra – “slow and steady wins the race in weight loss”
Many people who have a large amount of weight to lose often have a large loss during their first week of a new program.
This is because they may initially lose a lot of water. And when the calorie intake is reduced, the body gets the energy it needs by burning fat stored in the body.
And many people get caught up in that. And want to see those numbers continue. So sometimes they get extreme because of the rush of seeing those numbers every week on the scale.
And then guess what happens? They get to their goal really fast. And they’re really proud that they “won the race”.
But did they really? What happens when someone wins a race? They celebrate. And over time the pounds creep back on. And then they’re back at the starting line two steps behind because they may have gained back more than they lost at first.
And the merry-go-round continues.
Fad diet, followed by fad diet, special foods, shakes, and so on.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that people who lose one to two pounds a week are more successful at maintaining long-term success.
The CDCP also states that “healthy weight loss isn’t just about a ‘diet’ or ‘program’. It’s about an ongoing lifestyle that includes long-term changes in daily eating and exercise habits”
And I happen to agree with them.
Losing weight by following diets or programs makes you feel cheated and deprived which is why so many people on them are often not successful.
Or they feel like they are “robbing Peter to pay Paul”. A diet plan that allocates so many units of food to a day – and if the dieter wants to spend those units on more meat and maybe skip the dairy units – is that a healthy way to live?
That’s why I really like the virtual gastric band system. It’s a hypnosis technique that consists of four hypnosis sessions where the client’s subconscious believes that a gastric band has been “installed” in their stomach. They feel fuller faster and eat three small meals a day without snacking. And they lose weight at a safe and achievable rate.
Let’s do the math
If we’re being realistic, weight didn’t get gained quickly (unless you’re an actor bulking up for a movie role) so one can’t expect it to be eliminated quickly (in a sustainable way).
If you lose one pound a week, that’s 52 pounds a year.
If you lose two pounds a week, that’s 104 pounds a year.
And you’ll have better odds of remaining at your new weight for a much longer time.