What Weight Loss Speed
By Anne Collins
How Much Weight Should You lose during
To avoid the weight (and health) problems
associated with fast weight loss - like gallstones, loose skin, slow metabolism
and weight-cycling - I recommend SLOW STEADY WEIGHT LOSS.
Fast Weight Loss is Not Fat-Loss
I know it's tempting to lose a lot of weight
quickly, but this sort of weight loss is usually water-loss (occasionally
muscle-loss), not fat-loss.
Reliable Weight Loss
Under 200 pounds (90 kilos), the fastest
reliable weight loss to aim for is about 2 pounds per week.
1 Percent Weight Loss Rule
Otherwise, aim to lose no more than 1 percent
of your body weight per week. If you weigh 250 pounds (113 kilos), you
can safely lose 2.5 pounds (1.13 kg.) per week. But see this as a maximum
rate of weight loss.
Slow Weight Loss is Lasting Weight Loss
Most clinical trials indicate that the
slower you lose weight, the more likely you are to actually lose FAT,
rather than water or muscle tissue. Furthermore, the slower the weight
loss, the less likely it will lead to weight-gain. So your weight loss
will be maintained.
Weight Loss Pills & Fad Diets
Most weight loss pills and fad diets promise
very rapid weight loss. No wonder we buy them. Let's face it, we all want
to lose weight fast! But talk to most people who have tried these weight
loss gimmicks and they'll tell you how useless they are. Truth is, weight
loss takes time.
Successful Weight Loss Means Modifying
A weight loss pill won't change your eating
habits - only you can do this. And this takes time. If you don't allow
enough time to modify your diet and learn new diet habits, you won't lose
weight and keep it off.
Weight Loss - The Difficult Issue
Losing weight is easy, it's KEEPING IT
OFF that's difficult. So ask yourself this question:
Are you looking for lasting weight loss?
If so, aim for slow, steady weight loss
and aim to lose about 2 pounds per week.