When you are ready to lose weight, you want to lose it NOW! I mean, why wait for a year to drop 50 pounds when you can shed that weight in 50 days? If you watch TV at all, you would have surely seen a plethora of commercials promising you that their rapid weight loss diet is the secret to your success, but, is that really the best solution to choose? It all depends on your personal situation of course, but in most cases, rapid weight loss is probably NOT the way to go.
You see, your body is a resilient and adaptive creation. It tends to want to stick to what it is used to and it can cause you quite a bit of frustration in trying to get it to change. If you are 100 pounds overweight, your body is probably going to make it easier for you to maintain that 100 pounds of extra weight than allowing you to lose it.
This makes rapid weight loss difficult to achieve unless you drastically change your behavior. This drastic behavior could mean adopting an extreme diet such as removing all carbohydrates from your diet, adopting a liquid only diet, or for some, even quitting eating altogether. As you might imagine, any or all of these tactics can be dangerous. Aside from being dangerous, they can also be temporary solutions that lead to bigger problems down the road.
Many people who decide to try a rapid weight loss diet find that while they do lose weight quickly in many instances, once the diet program is complete, they gain back all the weight they lost and often much more. The fact is, your body is not designed for sudden and rapid weight loss and it works to try to return to its normal status as soon as possible. If this “normal” status means an extra 100 pounds, then your body is going to begin storing calories to try to gain that extra 100 pounds as soon as possible.
Instead of going after a rapid weight loss diet, you might try a more sensible approach that will allow you to lose weight over a longer period of time and give you a better chance of keeping it off. Anything worth having is worth waiting for and worth working for. This includes weight loss, and a consistent long term approach is one that will increase your chances of long term weight loss success.