When you decide to embark on a weight loss plan, it’s understandable that you’re going to want to see results, and fast. Despite that, it’s worth bearing in mind that your general health needs to be your top priority.
Crash dieting has many disadvantages, not least that it’s totally against the whole point of dieting, because you’ll put any weight you lose straight back on as soon as you start eating normally. Your body has a habit of thinking it’s going to be starved you see, and it grabs onto any sustenance it can, it’s clever like that.
What you can lose, and what you should lose, are two very different things.
Always go towards the what you should lose side, and avoid the dark side of crash diets.
So, let’s answer the question – how much weight is safe to lose in a week?
Well, you can theoretically lose up to three or four pounds easily when you start a diet, especially if you’re larger to start with, as this is where the most dramatic losses are. Having said that, for a safe weight loss, which you can easily keep off, look towards one or two pounds per week.
This is very realistic too, which means you don’t have to suffer whilst trying to reach this target.
Obviously this all depends on the person, their lifestyle, and their weight to begin with, after all, everyone is different. Extreme weight loss will only lead to feeling disheartened when it appears back on the scales very quickly.
You might be feeling a bit ‘what is the point?’ about it all having read this, but bear in mind this simple fact – the decision to lose weight has to be a lifestyle change, not a fad thing that you do for a few weeks, and then go back to eating chips. I feel very able to discuss this fact because I have successfully lost four stones in weight over the last couple of years, and managed to keep it off. I am always having to watch what I eat, but I know now the ways to manage it, by having a treat, and then being good for a few days. It’s an adjustment, but it can be done
Of course, exercise is the major big help, because if you are naughty and fall off the diet bandwagon, exercise will put it right, and make you feel great as well.
So, in answer to the big question – 1 or 2 pounds is your aim.