Don’t Rush Your Weight Loss

don't rush weight loss

Our world is a fast-paced entity. We can travel from one end of the globe to the other in less than a day, access information on the Internet faster than you can open a book, and finish food in minutes rather than hours. While getting things done quickly is often a positive, when it comes to losing weight, faster is not always better. If you’re in a hurry to reach your final weight, take the time to consider what you’re doing and how this process will affect your life forever. Our tip is : don’t rush your weight loss!

Why You Shouldnt Rush Weight Loss?

1. You don’t make long-term changes

If you are desperate to lose weight then try it, you risk making quick changes, cutting calories, over exercising and not making quality long term changes.

2. If you overexercise you could injure yourself

Pushing yourself too hard in the gym or during a workout is not good for your muscles. It’s important that they rest and repair after a workout. By overworking, you may risk injury and then you may not be able to work out.

3. You may be cutting out food groups

There is an argument that you should ditch carbohydrates in order to lose weight, but the truth is that you don’t need to cut out entire food groups in order to shed pounds. Everything has to be done in moderation and by swapping foods.

4. You could be at risk of health issues

If your body metabolizes fat during rapid weight loss, it may cause your liver to secrete extra cholesterol into your bile, which can lead to gallstones.

Not only may you be at risk for gallbladder attacks, you may not be eating enough nutrients, or may be prone to eating disorders.

5. You skin might not tighten up

If you don’t lose weight at a sustainable rate, you may be left with sagging skin. The faster you lose weight, the less time your skin has to adjust to your new shape.

6. You’re more likely to fall off the wagon

Losing weight slowly also means that you are more likely to see your diet as a lifestyle change, rather than a diet.

This means you’re more likely to stick with it, which means you’re more likely to keep the weight off in the future.

How to Lose Weight Slowly and Safely?

For the average person looking to lose weight, the general recommendation is to lose 1 to 2 pounds per week. Slow and steady wins the race! Don’t rush weight loss. Here’s what you can do to slowly and safely achieve your weight loss goals:

1.Avoid hunger pains

Don’t let yourself become too hungry; this will encourage you to overeat later in the day. Eating a few healthy snacks each day can prevent food cravings. Greek-style yogurt is a great snack that is low in sugar. Did you know that the act of digesting food accounts for about 10% of the calories you burn each day?

2.Watch what you drink

Staying well hydrated (eight glasses of water a day) is not only vital to your health, but will also help you feel less hungry. Try to drink fat-free milk and avoid high-calorie coffee and sugary drinks.

3.Mustard for mayo

A tablespoon of mayonnaise adds about 100 calories and 10 grams of fat, while 1 tablespoon of mustard has 10 to 20 calories. Might want to try the hot and spicy kind.

4.Nuts instead of chips

Walnuts, almonds, pistachios, pine nuts and almost all nuts are high in protein, healthy fats, fiber and nutritional calories that help curb cravings. Without good nutrition, we lose energy, and that’s when cravings set in. We often crave sugar or junk food to regain lost energy.

5.An apple a day

The USDA recommends two to four servings of fruit per day; for women concerned about their weight, two servings of fruit per day, and for men, three servings per day.

6.Eat your vegetables

The recommended amount is three to five servings per day.

7.A salad a day

A perfect meal for weight loss because its low in calories and high in water and fiber. Eat plenty of colorful vegetables, fruits, some nuts and light proteins, but with less condiments. Adding your favorite beans is a low-calorie, high-fiber way to ensure good nutrition. Beans also provide protein, which can build your energy needs and keep you moving.

8.A cup of soup

Having broth-based soups, such as macaroni, before meals will help you feel full and eat less. Say no to cream-based soups, they are usually high in calories and fat.

9.Move more

Standing burns more calories than sitting, and sitting burns more calories than lying down. Instead of sitting, walk while talking on the phone; stand while folding laundry; stretch during commercial and computer breaks; walk outside for 5 or 10 minutes, gradually increasing a little each day until you reach 30 minutes of walking; buy a pedometer, which may help motivate you when you actually notice how many steps you’ve taken; do yard work; keep walking or running shoes in your car for occasional surprise walks or run, and keep a set of hand weights by the TV to use while watching TV. If you have stairs in your home, consider yourself lucky and go up and down them many times.

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