Losing masses of weight every week is not normal and doesn’t lead to long term results
I used to be fascinated by programmes such as The Biggest Loser and A Year to Save my Life.
I still watch them once in a while.
Most of the people on the programme lose 4-10lbs and sometimes even more on a weekly basis!
I always was a bit jealous of those people, as my weightloss was only a few lbs. Some weeks was a plateau, and some weeks it even went up!
The before and after pictures were just amazing.
One thing we tend to forget when watching those programmes, and that is that these guys workout a few hours every day, 7 days a week. And they do that for weeks, up to a full year.
They also are eating a diet very low on calories.
Those two things by itself, make it a totally different scenario than the one I was in. Working, traveling for work, socialising, and just having a normal busy life.
I didn’t have the luxury to dedicate months of my life to losing weight.
But to top it all off, I recently watched a programme that checked in with those big losers. And most have put all the weight back on, some nearly all, and some even more.
There are quite a few reasons for that:
1. They never really learned how to lead a healthy lifestyle while juggling work, family, exercise, healthy eating.
So when they got back to their natural environment, slowly but surely, everything was a struggle.
2. It seems that scientifically, our bodies are not meant to lose such masses of weight in such short time spans.
And a natural reaction of the body is to slow down the metabolism.
And so, when more food is again consumed, the weight piles back on.
So actually, I just should be happy with small, consistent weight loss over time, while ingraining new healthy habits along the way.
As that’s the only way to guarantee long term results.
So what if it does take longer….
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