Trying to Lose Weight? What’s the Rush?
Losing weight too quickly could jeopardize your chances of long-term success, plus it could introduce a host of side effects. Here’s why the slow and steady approach to shedding pounds is best. For a lot of us — especially during the pandemic — the scale can feel a bit like the speedometer of a race car, accelerating rapidly in mere moments without warning. But weight gain doesn’t happen overnight, even if it sometimes feels that way.
To make matters worse, we often expect weight loss to happen quickly. We believe that as soon as we make up our mind to cut back on snacking, the pounds should magically melt away, and we get impatient if our pants are still fitting snugly after the first week.
“People make the decision that they want to start losing weight, and they want to see something in real, substantial numbers, so they go on to this crazy diet,” says Kuldeep Singh, MD, director of the Maryland Bariatric Center at Mercy in Baltimore. “But the fact of the matter is that this is a problem and a concern that has been there for some time. It didn’t develop in a day, and it should not go away in a day.”
Excerpted from Everyday Health