When you lose a lot of weight very quickly it can affect your body in a negative way. Your body can go into starvation mode. That means that your metabolism slows down so your organs don’t have to work as hard and you burn fewer calories. Yo-yo dieting can actually cause you to gain more weight in the long run.
Rapid weight loss can also put many of your hormonal systems in shock. They become unbalanced and you may feel hungrier, more tired, and you may even become moody and have trouble sleeping.
Yet, when you lose weight slowly, your body has time to adapt to the changes. Your metabolism and hormone levels can improve and stay in balance. Your body becomes optimized and that’s the key to keeping the weight off for good.
Lasting Change Takes Time
Just like in Jane’s story, most of the time when people lose a lot of weight very quickly they gain it all right back. They often gain more weight than they originally lost. This is hard on your body. It’s also hard on your motivation.
To lose weight and keep it off for the rest of your life you’ll want to create a plan to steadily lose weight over time. It is possible! And it can be tremendously rewarding. Oh, you’ll have days, weeks and months when you do see a significant weight loss. Those are fun times. You’ll also be able to smile because you’ll experience consistent weight loss.
Gradual and lasting weight loss isn’t the result of deprivation or a fad diet. It is the result of cumulative lifestyle changes. Change your life and change your habits and you’ll lose the weight and keep it off.