Losing weight can seem incredibly difficult, especially when you take into consideration that it must be done carefully and slowly. It is not impossible, and it can even be made into a game. But losing too much weight too quickly can have a serious negative effect on your physical and mental health.
Just as putting on weight too quickly can be detrimental to your health, losing it too quickly will do similar harm. The main thing that will have an effect on weight loss is your caloric intake. If you are losing weight too quickly, chances are that you are not eating enough food to keep your body nourished. This will lead to fatigue, muscle tone loss as well as nutritional starvation.
No matter what your starting weight, it is important to try to lose only 2-3 pounds per week. By doing that, your body has the chance to adjust to the change in nutritional intake as exercise as well as keeping your muscles and joints healthy and well-kept.
Changing too much all at once will lead your body into a state of starvation, even if you aren’t starving it. The body’s natural state is homeostasis, and any large alterations to the natural rhythm it has attained will cause it to virtually shut down until the changes are adapted to.
One of the main downsides of losing weight too quickly is that it will never be enough. Losing weight quickly is a slippery slope, and it becomes hard to stop when you see the numbers dropping at a speed you may not have been able to imagine. This makes it a lot harder for you to realize when your body has reached its ideal weight and size, as you will be focused on seeing how much more weight you can lose.
Losing weight should be something that will improve your overall health and self-esteem. Being lighter and healthier has a positive effect on a person’s overall self-image, and being in a body that is happy with its size is an amazing feeling. But trying to get there too quickly will lead to poor health and energy, which is contrary to the entire point of losing excess weight. Taking the necessary time to make natural, maintainable changes to stay healthy and lose the extra pounds is necessary for both your health and overall self-confidence.