We live in a world of instant gratification.
People are wanting more, they want it quicker and they want it with less effort.
This is a big problem when it comes to weight loss because using a slow and steady approach is always going to deliver better long term results than any rapid weight changes.
We can be excused for thinking that losing 1kg per week is and should be the ‘norm’ when you’re on a weight loss plan. This standard has been promoted for years by places such as Jenny Craig, Weight Watchers and is just as prevalent with personal trainers. Add some one up marketing and we then start to see claims of 2, 3 even 5 kilos of weight loss per week.
By taking a long term view to weight loss you can make it impossible to fail.
Say for instance you want to lose 12 kilos.
Do you think it will be easier to lose 1 kilogram per week or 250 grams?
Losing 250 grams per week means you don’t have to make many changes to your diet and exercise program. A small change here or there and you’ll easily lose that weight.
Fast forward 12 months and you’ll have made the changes to your body that you thought would never happen.
The problem with going the fast or rapid weight loss route is that 9 times out of 10 it isn’t sustainable.
Sure you might lose 8, 10, even 12 or more kilos in say 12 weeks, but the likelihood of maintaining these changes is close to nil.
To achieve these sort of results you need to make drastic changes to your diet and exercise program that just aren’t sustainable in the long term.
What is the point of losing all that weight in a hurry, only to put it and more back on when you can’t sustain the program?
Sustainable, genuine lifestyle changes are the best way to actually achieve the changes you’ve always thought weren’t possible.
Instead of setting yourself up for failure, set yourself up for success.
Aim to lose 250 grams per week and you might even find that this stress free approach to weight loss makes it easier to lose it quicker anyway…