“Slow and steady wins the race” is a tried and true principle that we apply to many areas in our everyday lives, even weight loss. It’s commonly thought that losing anything beyond 1-2 lbs a week is considered rapid weight loss and simply unhealthy, unsafe, and proves to be an unpleasant ride mentally and physically. While enjoying the ride during our individual journeys towards betterment is nice… why not attempt to “win the race” via a faster route? Especially if that route is shown to be safe too!

While we’re all unique and lose weight at different rates via different strategies, the Federal Guideline indicates that on average the healthy range in which to lose weight is 1-2 lbs per week. Anything past that, say 2-4 lbs weekly, is considered “fast” weight loss and is associated with unsafe outcomes towards the health of our bodies.

Jumping on a rapid weight loss diet (or super low-calorie crash diet that provides no nutritional balance) certainly does make it more likely for one to experience negative affects like:

  • Muscle loss
  • Nutritional deficiencies
  • A drop in metabolic rate

All of which have negative impacts toward effective weight loss!

When weight loss is not done right per each particular individual’s needs, these weight loss roadblocks become detrimental towards weight loss no matter the speed of the program. Balance, support, and discipline are key factors when it comes to weight loss. Let’s take a deeper look at why many determine that fast weight loss is unsafe…

 

2 common misconceptions about fast weight loss:

 

  1. You can’t maintain weight loss after you reach your goal weight: A common thought is that fast weight loss doesn’t stick. You’re typically cutting food and liquid intake to the extreme when shedding pounds quickly resulting in lack of nutrients and water. AKA: You’re dehydrated! Those initial lbs dropped are most likely water weight. Low and behold… when you jump back into your normal routine of eating and drinking, your H20 goes back up – and so does your weight.

When cutting intake, but maintaining hydration and a balanced diet, you can safely work to avoid water loss and lose weight in the right area.

 

  1. It’s unhealthy and unsafe for your body: For many fast-track fad diets that promise you’ll lose 50 pounds in 20 days, you’ll see that you might be losing weight, but losing the WRONG weight (refer back to misconception 1). When losing weight, you want to drop fat – not water, muscle, or nutrients. Many low-calorie, fad diets don’t usually provide the balance a body needs, so they end up pulling energy from other areas other than our fat storage, which can cause health issues. It’s extremely important to incorporate balance in any diet if you’re looking to lose the RIGHT kind of weight (fat-loss). Loss of water, muscle, and nutrients is in fact unhealthy and not what you want to lose out on.

But… what if you could naturally and safely lose weight fast!? Well here’s the deal…

Based off recently completed studies about weight loss we now know that you can safely and significantly cut calories for a short period of time to…

You should never just count calories for fast weight loss; there is more to it! You could in turn actually harm your body’s efforts toward weight loss and even gain when attempting an unsafe and unhealthy weight loss routine. The best way to lose weight is through a balanced diet aimed at fat-loss – quality and quantity both play significant parts.

 

Things to keep in mind:

 

  1. Don’t cut out what you need – When cutting calories significantly its extremely important to still keep balance in mind and provide additional nutritional support your body to fill in any nutritional gaps. Your diet should include lean proteins, fresh veggies, fruits, and lots of H20.
  2. Do consult with your physician – Before choosing to opt into a fast track weight loss routine, be sure it’s safe for your body. Our bodies are all different, be sure fast weight loss will not exacerbate any underlying health issues.
  3. Don’t starve yourself – Calorie deficit is key, but if you’re not watching closely you can go too far which triggers your body to go into Starvation Mode! Your metabolism will slow in effort to conserve energy and weight loss will become much more difficult.
  4. Get a smart scale – Smart scales not only show your weight loss progression, but show you where you’re losing the weight so you can adjust your diet as needed. You can determine if you’re losing fat, muscle, water, etc. To ensure safety and success while on the Weight Loss Direct programs, each WLD client uses the Tanita BC-1000 Smart Scale. They make the difference!

Figuring out the best way to lose weight in a healthy and safe way for our individual bodies can be a challenge. However, where there’s a will there’s a way and there is a way to lose weight quickly and safely. Are you ready? Learn more about WLD 20 Day or 40 Day weight loss programs.