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HOW FAST CAN YOU LOSE WEIGHT?

Claire Sanders

Posted on March 29 2017

HOW FAST CAN YOU LOSE WEIGHT?
Let's see what a Harvard doctor gives says about lasting weight loss.

WHEN YOU HAVE a significant amount of weight to drop or an imminent deadline, trying to shed unwanted pounds quickly is pretty tempting. Here's what you need to know in order to do effectively and safely!

1) IF YOU HAVE MORE TO LOSE, YOU'LL LOSE MORE INITIALLY!!

It’s actually more useful to think of the weight you want to lose in terms of a percentage of your current weight, rather than a number of pounds. For most women, a weight loss goal of 10 to 15% is a reasonable place to start. The bigger guy may also, therefore, drop more pounds in his first few weigh-ins.

The pace of weight loss is highly variable, but In general, though, for those with more weight to lose, initial weight loss can happen more rapidly.”

That first weigh-in may be dramatic. It’s not uncommon to see that scale needle make a satisfying downtick within the first week or two of changing your habits. Generally the first week, most people can lose several pounds, which is mainly water weight, but once the glycogen is depleted and the body figures out it needs another way to find fuel, that’s when the actual weight loss begins.

2) KEEP IT OFF

Not all weight loss is equal. The body can burn both fat (yay!) and muscle (not-so-yay) as fuel. Not only that, burning fat for fuel isn’t nearly as easy at a cellular level as burning sugar... or protein (really not-so-yay). Weight training and eating enough protein is key to not losing too much muscle mass. Increasing your muscle mass can help to sustain the weight loss, too - Which is why strength training may actually be MORE IMPORTANT THAN CARDIO in supporting a weight loss plan.

3) PACING

There’s a legit reason that pacing is key. You probably keep hearing about that whole 1-to-2 lb-per-week rule of thumb and think, “Psh, I can do better than that!” but hear us—and the Harvard doctor—out.

Almost every time a patient loses a large amount of weight in a short time, say 10 lbs in a week, the patient will gain it all back and more.

Further, several studies have shown that this yo-yo dieting is harmful to a person’s long-term health.” So basically, you may drop the lbs for the reunion, but you may be in a pickle to drop them again (and more) for the next one five years from now.

SEE THE FINAL PART IN THIS WITH MORE IMPORTANT INFORMATION IN OUR NEXT POST!!

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