Extreme Weight Loss Could Result to Extreme Weight Gain

Unfortunately, there is no shortcut to losing weight. It’s a process. One person’s body type is different than another’s.

Drastic loss of weight is unhealthy and leads to what is known as the yo-yo effect, a rapid gain of weight after rapidly losing it.

Research showed that even putting several participants on the same diet resulted in different outcome for each person.

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Factors Affecting Weight Loss

How fast one loses weight depends on many different factors including:

  • Starting Weight: If a person’s goal weight is already close to his ideal weight, a higher initial weight will take longer and harder to lose.
  • The ratio of fat to muscle (body composition): People with higher muscle mass have less fat and calories to burn.
  • Gender: Men lose weight faster than women because men have a higher percentage of lean muscle mass. While women’s, weight loss success is greatly influenced by the monthly cycle.
  • Age: The older an individual, the lower the daily calorie consumption is. An adult’s calorie consumption decreases by an average of 100 calories in 10 years.
  • Daily consumption of calories: Consuming 1,900 kcal per day is slower than consuming 1,400 kcal. Experts recommend consumption of at least 1,200 kcal per day, otherwise the basal metabolic rate is reduced which will lead to the deficiency of important nutrients.
  • Physical Activities: If a person is active, they can burn more calories and lose weight faster. That’s why working out or engaging in sports is very important in any weight loss program.

Additional factors are diet plan, any existing diseases or intake of drugs is a factor on how fast one can lose weight.

Nutrition experts recommend an average weight loss of half to one kilo per week.

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Good days and Bad days

In the beginning of one’s weight loss journey, the first pounds are easier to lose. You’ve got your motivation and commitment all intact and most especially,your weight is mostly made of water.

However, be mindful that losing momentum over the course of the weight-loss journey is guaranteed.

There will be days that you will be on track and days that will feel like a drag. This is normal and should not discourage you from reaching your ideal weight and body goals.

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Here are some tips on what you can do when your days are tedious and dull:

1Tape measures. 

Your success is not only measured by a weighing scale.

At the beginning of your workout plan, take note of your waist, hip, thigh measurements. Also, if your pants become a little looser, that’s an indication of your success.

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2Take pictures.

Take before and after workout photos of yourself. For a lot of people, weight loss is first noticeable in the face.

Pictures are a good reminder of how much you have achieved and how much more (or less) you need to work on.

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3Track your diet.

Several weight loss diets are available but what works for other people may not work for you.

Know what you are eating to know how much calories you are getting.

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4Exercise.

Incorporate more activities and sport into your everyday life.

When you’re walking to work try using a bike sometimes. Or when you’re out for a run, do little walk in between laps.

You don’t necessarily have to go to a gym or follow a set of workout routine each day, variety in exercise always makes losing weight more fun and enjoyable.

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