Quick Weight Loss Pitfalls
Written by Diet Bites
Quick Weight Loss is Often Foiled by Quick Weight Gain After Dieting Has Ended
Former dieters are keenly aware that losing weight is a difficult beast to conquer. Dieters who want to take those unwanted pounds off S-L-O-W-L-Y are basically nonexistent.
Individuals who are working diligently to lose those extra pounds desire them off the body as in yesterday!
So…how quickly can the body shed those unwanted pounds?
One pound equals 3,500 calories.
When current calorie intake is decreased by 500 calories per day, the rate of weight loss equals two pounds per week - which is a safe rate of weight loss for the vast majority of individuals.
Can a dieter drop more than two pounds per week? Indeed.
Determining Calorie Needs Based on Current Body Weight
Let’s take a look at Ken and his current weight loss plan as our example.
Ken is six feet in height and weighs 270 pounds. Based on body frame size his recommended weight is in the range of 149 pounds to 188 pounds.
Because Ken has a medium-size body frame his recommended ideal weight falls with the range of 157-170 pounds.
Now that Ken has an idea of his recommended weight, he needs a pattern for daily calorie consumption.
How many calories per day does Ken need to subtract from his current daily diet in order to lose more than two pounds per week?
It’s important to note that forty-five year old Dieter Ken is a very inactive individual spending the majority of his time behind a desk or in front of the television lodged in a recliner.
Time to calculate!
For every ten pounds of body weight, Dieter Ken’s body requires about 100 calories to support in its inactive state.
Therefore, in order to maintain his current weight of 270 pounds Dieter Ken is consuming about 2,700 calories per day.
If Ken trims 1,000 calories per day from his daily diet, he could lose four or more pounds per week. If Dieter Ken adds a good dose of exercise to his weight loss plan, he could see a quicker rate of weight loss.
Factors Related to Quick Weight Loss
Let’s take a moment to note a few important factors that influence the time it takes to pull the weight off the body:
- Those extra pounds were not gained overnight and will require time to vanish. No matter how hard we push the body, it must remain in balance in order to survive.
- As weight is lost over time, the body will experience ‘weight loss plateaus’ where weight stays at one number for a considerable about of time - from several days to a few weeks before continuing to decline.
During these times, the dieter must remained focused and energized for weight loss as the weight loss plateau is the most common pitfall for Weight Loss Failure.
- Men tend to lose weight more quickly than women as their body contains more muscle mass which in turn, takes more calories to support.
- The more weight the dieter has to lose, the quicker the rate of weight loss. However, as the dieter gets closer and closer to their recommended weight, the rate of weight loss decreases.
- Each dieter has a unique metabolism, body structure and chemical composite. Therefore, each individual loses weight at various rates with some dieters losing weight quicker than other dieters.
- While dieters displayed on television and other media outlets appear to drop pounds at a drastic rate, the ‘shock and awe’ factor places their very life at risk.
Symptoms That Signal the Body is in Trouble, Requiring Medical Intervention
If a dieter experiences breathing difficulties, dizziness, digestive upset in the forms of nausea, diarrhea or vomiting, or losing consciousness then it was idiocy on the part of the weight loss advisor that triggered such.
The body is smarter than given credit for and when pushed beyond its reasonable limits, it will respond in order to preserve life.
PROPER weight loss should only bring about GOOD health benefits - not a situation where one’s life is hanging in the balances.
In this event, quick weight loss can indeed equal permanent weight loss in the form of six-feet-under in a little satin-lined gold box.
Another sad element to television weight loss reality shows is that many of the participants will go on to regain the weight after all that grief in getting the pounds off. Why so?
In part, weight loss mentors and trainers who have never experienced a Fat Day in their life have zero understanding what it’s like to be overweight and the factors which govern the hidden hurdles experienced by the overweight individuals.
Once an individual becomes overweight the battle does not end after those extra pounds are gone.
Weight Gain Fact: even healthy foods can equal weight gain. There are two sides to the coin where extra pounds are concerned.
Bad Food Choices
An ‘unhealthy’ diet plan is generally considered to be a daily diet plan that contains far too much fat - too many fried foods, too much butter, too many sauces and gravies, too much bread - simply put, too many bad food choices.
Too Many Calories
If we flip the coin over we will see that an unhealthy daily diet is also a diet which embraces too many calories. When calorie intake exceeds the amount of calories (or energy) required by the body to execute its vital functions, the overage of calories are stored in the body’s fat cells - even when those calories are derived from a healthy carrot or cucumber.
Therefore, if Sally consumes a plethora of healthy foods throughout the day, yet exceeds the number of calories required by her body, those calories will be stored in the fat cells.
While quick weight loss is desirable by the vast majority of dieters, those who lose weight steadily until all the weight is gone have a higher chance of keeping the weight off for good.
Therefore, while quick weight loss is desirable - permanent weight loss is key because what’s the use of going through all the painful hurdles of losing weight only to have it pile back onto the body?