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How Fast Can I Lose Weight on a Diet?

Article by Sky Taylor, Diet Bites

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Losing Weight Quickly a Bad Idea as It's More Likely to Return in Comparison to Slow Weight Loss

One of the first things that the new dieter is concerned about - if the not the very first thing is knowing how long that it's going to take to lose the unwanted weight.

First thing - right out of the gate and they are already wanting the diet to be over - and the quicker the better.

And rightly so, because frankly - losing weight isn't the most fun thing on the planet.

Quick Loss of Pounds, Water Not Fat Loss

Quick rates of pounds being lost generally equal water - not true fat loss. Bummer, isn't it?

Metabolic Rate, Fast Weight Loss

The rate of weight loss depends upon the calorie content in the diet plan and how that amount is applied to your body's calorie needs or requirements.

A diet deficient in calories can actually slow down the metabolism as the body struggles to conserve precious calories. It has no way of knowing that fewer calories are purposely being fed into the body in an attempt to lose weight.

Therefore, as the new dieter suddenly decreases daily caloric values the metabolism is in stun-mode, trying to determine if it should slow down the metabolic rate and conserve precious calories or continue forward as normal.

Obviously, the lower number of calories being consumed by the body is a signal that something is happening 'above ground'.

Body Struggles to Save Precious Energy [Calories]

Although the weight loss process can be frustrating and time consuming, what if you were stranded and hurt out in the wilderness? In fact, it is a very good thing that the body is so wise in Calorie Distribution, protecting our very lives.

Some dieters find it difficult to accept that in time, the unwanted weight will go away if they are persistent with their diet, particularly those individuals who have always experienced weight issues.

It may seem at times that the weight is there to stay - no matter how hard we try, no matter how loyal we are to our diet.

The Body Gradually Adjusts

But in good time, the body will gradually adjust to all the good things that the new, healthy diet is bringing to the Diet Table.

Rate to Expect to Lose Per Week While Dieting

When dieting, expect a rate of about 2 pounds per week which is not only a safe rate of weight loss, it's also a rate that can equate to PERMANENT weight loss.

One pound consists of 3,500 calories. To lose one pound per week, the dieter must decrease their current calorie consumption by 500 calories per day OR expend up to 500 more calories in energy.

To lose 2 pounds per week, the dieter must decrease their current calorie consumption by 1,000 calories per day OR expend up to 1,000 more calories in energy.

Calories can be expended (burned) by a decrease in calories in the diet OR through activity OR by using a combination of exercise PLUS less calories in the daily diet. Continue

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