Is there such a thing as losing weight too fast and does losing too much weight too fast have negative consequences? Most people believe yes when you lose weight too fast you wind up with a bunch of excess skin and you increase the chances of gaining all the weight you lost back. But is this actually true?
Today we’ll look at how losing weight fast effects the amount of excess skin you end up with at the end of the process, but let’s start first by figuring out if losing weight too fast negatively effects the amount of weight regain you regain. I mean is slow and steady weight loss actually better than losing weight at a faster pace when it comes to hitting your goals and maintaining your results for the long run. The most commonly held belief is that you should lose about 1 or 2 pounds per week. This maximum weight loss of 2 pounds per week is recommended by doctors, trainers, and dietitians, and anyone that goes outside of this standard recommendation of 1 or two pounds per week is looked down on because that kind of advice is believed to be ignorant and its believed to endanger the health and the long-term success of the person looking to lose the weight. One of the most common concerns with fast weight loss is that it usually takes a huge amount of effort both with diet and exercise to lose weight fast which leads people to resort to unhealthy methods. Some people that try to lose weight as fast as possible attempt dangerous methods like crash diets, or they starve themselves, or they go from 0 to 100 with exercise and all of these approaches can be very unhealthy.
Also, you probably can’t maintain and keep up with these excessive approaches to weight loss as permanent lifestyle changes. You can stick to a crash diet for a week, maybe two, maybe even a month, but by month 4 chances are high that you’ve long since quit. Most experts believe that when you lose weight slowly you do it through ways that allow you develop healthy eating behaviors that you can continue applying long-term to keep the weight off. On the other hand, we’re told that most diets that promote rapid weight loss are often very low in calories and nutrients, which may put you at risk of many health problems, like muscle loss, nutritional deficiencies, and gallstones, especially if you follow a rapid weight loss diet for a long time. Many people on a crash diet will also experience hunger, fatigue, muscle cramps, dizziness, and they might feel cold throughout the day. On top of that, it’s also believed that when you lose weight too quickly chances are very high that you’re not losing fat mass, but you’re instead losing water weight or worse yet muscle tissue. You can’t be losing body fat in a healthy way consistently week after week at a rate higher than 2 pounds per week. Can you? Or is that just a myth that we’re constantly told.
Before we get into what the studies have to say on this topic, I’d like to say that as a personal trainer that has worked with thousands of clients I can tell you that some people lose weight really fast and others lose weight really slowly, but based on my experience whether they lose the weight fast or slow doesn’t seem to have that much of an impact on maintaining that weight. In fact from what I’ve seen some people especially people that are really heavy, if they don’t see results fast they’ll get demotivated and quit. Let me give you a simple example, if you’re looking to lose 10 pounds and you’re losing the average of 2 pounds per week, then every week you’re 20 percent closer to your goal. You know it’ll take you about a month of maintaining a clean diet with consistent exercise to get to your goal weight. However, what happens when you’re looking to lose 60 pounds to get to your goal weight. At the rate of 2 pounds per week, it’s gonna take you 30 weeks of perfect dieting just to meet your goal weight. That means after half a year of controlling what foods you eat and how much.