Are you someone who is ready for a change? Does that change include losing a few pounds? Whenever we make a decision to shift something in our lives, oftentimes, a feeling of excitement comes over us; one that is so strong that we want to rush the process of the transition. Oh, but just like that butterfly in its cocoon, there is something to be said for letting time do its thing—for not rushing the process, for not allowing haste to bring forth waste.
This couldn’t be truer than when it comes to weight loss. If you want to shed a dress or pant size, we celebrate you eating well and exercising, but we also want to make sure that you do everything in balance…and that you be patient. So, we’ve provided you with five reasons you shouldn’t rush weight loss; why you should simply do your best and let nature take its course:
Losing too quickly can cause you to gain quickly too
When our bodies experience a rapid amount of weight loss, it thinks that it needs to kick into survival mode. This tends to throw our metabolism all out of whack. This, in turn, will cause you to become more lethargic, which means that you will move slower, which means it will be easier for you to put the weight back on that you lost, plus (probably) a bit more.
Losing too quickly can cause you to lose nutrients
If you want to lose a certain amount of weight, especially if it’s within a certain amount of time, you have to cut back your caloric intake. There’s nothing wrong with that. But, if you’re doing to extreme measures (like water fasting for days on end), you are causing your body to go without the vitamins and nutrients that it needs. That’s never a good thing. Just cutting back 100 calories a day can cause you to lose 10 pounds over the course of one year, so keep that in mind as you’re shaving off a few calories each day.
Losing too quickly can damage your overall health
Rome wasn’t built in a day, right? You didn’t gain the weight that you did overnight, either. The point here is that your body had to learn how to adjust to the extra pounds over a course of time. It will need to do the same thing as you’re taking the weight off. We’ve all heard stories about what has happened to people with eating disorders as it relates to their heart and digestive system. A part of it is due to the fact that their drastic weight shifts sent their bodies into shock.
Losing too quickly can cause an unhealthy pattern
You may have read a health careers journal that mentioned that putting yourself in the cycle of quick weight loss only to gain it back in matter of a couple of weeks or months can put you into the pattern of being what is known as a yo-yo dieter. First, you lose 20 pounds and then you gain 23 back. Then you lose 15 pounds and gain 25 back and so forth. When you’re seeking to lose weight and you do it in a healthy way, you can keep it off permanently. This means that you won’t have to go up and down several times throughout the year.
Losing too quickly can affect your overall self-image
If you’ve ever spoken to someone who has lost a drastic amount of weight before, they probably told you that it took them a minute to adjust to a new reflection that was staring back at them in the mirror. When you lose weight, obviously, your look changes and change requires making some adjustments. But, if your weight is always changing, this means that your appearance is as well. This can make it hard on you based on how you see yourself. It also can be a bit emotionally (feeling good smaller, feeling bad bigger) and financially (having to purchase new clothes constantly) taxing to have to make such radical adjustments. So, take your time and embrace the stability that comes with gradual weight loss. It’s good not only for your body, but your mind and spirit too.