It is true that for any kind of goal, including weight loss, daily persistence is critical. Little measured steps every day lead to large wins. But with weight loss, there is a role that speed can play to enhance results, at least in its initial phases.
The Benefits Of Quick Weight Loss
There are two types of benefits that speed provides at the start of a weight loss program – physical and motivational.
From a physical perspective, many people who are overweight or suffer from obesity do not realize that there may be a level of food addiction complicating their efforts to lose weight. The typical American diet contains heaps of sugar, fat, and sodium, each of which is designed to keep you eating more and often. In order to shake the addiction to those substances, your body can benefit from detoxification from them, which as a form of addiction treatment, happens swiftly.
Of course, anyone who opts to follow the detoxification approach must have a sufficient level of motivation to do so. But therein lies the second benefit. By unearthing that motivation, you unleash tremendous determination, which will only serve you well in losing weight and keeping it off.
The Right vs. Wrong Way To Lose Weight Quickly
However, when adding speed to the process, make sure you do it the right way. Doing it the wrong way will only lead to worse results and greater frustration.
The wrong way consists of two main factors: 1) going it alone and 2) focusing on calories independent of nutrition or behavior modification.
Juice cleanses fall into the category of losing weight quickly the wrong way. Slick advertising campaigns promise “an easy way to shed pounds and fat fast, easily and deliciously.” But what they don’t tell you is that you will be missing out on all-important nutrients like muscle-building protein, could put yourself at medical risk by consuming too few calories and won’t be able to maintain any weight lost because you won’t have the behavioral skills to do so.
The right way to experience rapid weight loss is to make sure that your food detox approach is supervised by an expert who can ensure that you are getting proper nutrition. He or she must also be qualified to counsel you on healthy food and lifestyle choices that will allow you to maintain your weight loss for the long term. You will want to make sure your rapid weight loss efforts were all worth it!
So at the end of the day maybe Aesop was onto something with his fable when it comes to weight loss. You can be the hare, but only in the initial start of the race. Then let the tortoise take over to win the race at a lifelong healthy weight.