- Written by Amy
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Rapid weight loss is associated with increased incidence of gallstones, and can cause stretch marks in your skin. Even though you may want to reach your ideal weight more quickly than the guidelines of losing two pounds per week will allow, it’s best to take it safe and steady. Trying extreme diets and extreme exercise regimens that are unmaintainable in order to lose weight more quickly usually does not bring reliable results for most dieters. Even though after going on an extremely restrictive diet you may see a period initially where you begin to lose weight rapidly, you won’t be learning the healthy eating habits that you need to learn for a lifetime of being lean and fit.
Most dieters who embark on crash diets find themselves giving up before reaching their ideal weight and reverting to their old eating habits, which will cause them to regain all the weight that they have lost. Even worse, if you revert to your old eating habits after reaching your ideal weight you may find yourself slowly undoing all the hard work you put in dieting and exercising.
Don’t be discouraged if your weight loss results aren’t coming as quickly as you hope. Many people have unrealistic expectations of losing weight from watching health and fitness shows on TV or from seeing their friends crash diet or get gastric bypass surgery. Such extreme methods will result in quick weight loss, but their maintainability in the long term is poor. Learning how to eat a healthy diet and working an exercise regimen into your life will produce results that last for life. As long as you are losing weight and not gaining it or holding even week after week, you will eventually reach your goal weight. You can rest easy knowing that by losing weight slowly you will significantly reduce the risk that you will end up gaining it all back later.
In order to prevent your weight loss from being undone and regaining all the weight you have lost, you should continue eating healthily and exercising even after you have reached your goal weight. After going on a calorie restricted diet, your body will naturally slip into starvation mode. Your body will naturally want to store all excess calories consumed as fat, so if you begin to eat more calories than your body needs after reaching your goal weight, you will begin to gain fat quite quickly.
You should slowly transition off of your diet by slowly adding more calories that you eat each day in order to prevent this rebound fat gain. Exercise brings numerous health benefits along with helping you keep your metabolic rate high and keep the weight you lost off, so you should always try to exercise even if you feel you don’t have any more weight to lose.