Slow Weight Loss

Humans want results quickly. Whether it’s performance in the career, ability at new skills, fitness or weight loss, we like to see change happening almost immediately. And business people exploit that behaviour. For example, good nutrition and eating enough to support an active lifestyle but not body fat are proven to aid and sustain weight loss, but they are a part of a gradual process. Cue fad diets, miracle drugs, and contraptions that give you a 6-pack in eight weeks. Some might actually provide results and therefore instant gratification and consumer buy-in, but that is short-lived.

The general consensus is that slow and consistent weight loss is better than rapid weight loss. Slow weight loss is considered to be less than 1kg of bodyweight per week. It doesn’t sound like much and that is part of why many turn to the quick fixes. So let’s look at the pros and cons.

Fast Weight Loss

Pros

  • It’s motivating. When you see results it gives you momentum to keep going.
  • If you are at high risk of diabetes and cardiovascular disease, losing weight quickly might be necessary for your health. This is however something that needs to be done under the guidance of a medical professional.

Cons

  • The results are short-term, and often when you go back to doing what’s normal, you put weight back on again.
  • You spend a lot of time instilling habits that aren’t intended to last forever. You could be devoting that energy to healthy lifelong habits.
  • It gets costly. Surgery, medication, supplements—it all costs far more than natural food.
  • It’s unhealthy. Eliminating food groups and drastically reducing calories could result in nutrient and energy deficiencies.
  • It’s not practical, in both the short and long term.

Slow Weight Loss

Pros

  • You implement healthy lifestyle habits that are sustainable forever. These are the habits that improve your overall quality of life and wellbeing—sleep, keeping sugar intake down to minimal, eating unprocessed food, exercising regularly.
  • The weight stays off. Research has shown that individuals who lost less than 1kg of weight a week over a six month period maintained the weight loss after four years!
  • You still get to enjoy a variety of food.
  • You stay well nourished because the focus is on eating wholesome food.
  • You learn about balance, patience, and the emotional attachment you have with food, which ultimately improves your general wellbeing.

Cons

  • There are none, in my opinion. That it takes longer to lose the weight isn’t a disadvantage, especially when you consider all the benefits you stand to gain.

Slow weight loss is more attainable and sustainable than losing it quickly. More importantly, it’s better for your physical and mental health, and your wallet!

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