So, you have a clear goal in mind: To lose weight.
To be more precise: To lose weight fast.
First of all, I would like to acknowledge you because you have just decided to change your current condition which you are not happy with. And that is very commendable!
However, I have seen way too many people with good intention, paying so much money for programs and “magic supplements” promising unrealistic (and unsustainable) results.
This has led me to clarify some misunderstandings about the subject so that if you choose to embark on this journey, you can avoid the obvious pitfalls.
What they don’t tell you: You will lose more than just fat
If I had a magic stick, one of the first things I would do is delete the term “weight loss” from people’s minds and replace it with “fat loss”.
And with that same move, I would delete the question, “How can I lose weight fast?”
I think I’m not the only health coach and nutritionist who finds it painful to watch people enrol on programs that promise fast weight loss – only to lose a lot of muscle mass, weaken their bones, and get a sure-way ticket to a myriad of health issues later.
What’s wrong with “weight loss” and “losing weight fast”?
When someone is “overweight”, the word was originally meant to mean that the person has excess body fat.
So when a person wants to lose weight, they essentially want to get rid of the excess body fat.
Nobody wants to lose their muscles or the density of their bones, right?
However, the fast weight loss programs would make a person lose muscle mass and bone density in the process.
Sure, it looks like a victory when the person steps on the scale.
But is it a victory, really?
Lost muscle mass and weaker bones might not necessarily feel like a big issue in your 20s, 30s and 40s – even though you may still feel weak and tired all the time.
The real problem will surface later in life, with an increased risk of falls and fractures.
A healthy fat loss is slower, where exercise + healthy eating becomes a natural thing for the person. Getting leaner and dropping dress sizes is almost like a fantastic side-effect.
Did you know?
A person can drop a dress size while the scale doesn’t show any change.
How is that possible?
The reason is that during a healthy weight loss, a person eats nourishing food plus exercises. As a result, muscles get stronger, and body fat starts to “melt away”.
The same volume of muscle is heavier than the same volume of body fat.
Let me explain.
Think of it as filling a small bag with popcorn.
Then weigh it.
Now, take a same-size bag and start to fill it with rocks, just enough to make it the same weight as the bag full of popcorn.
If you looked at them, you would see a tiny bag, and the other looks huge – but they weigh the same!
The same happens with your body. The rocks represent the muscles, and the popcorn represents the body fat.
You might weigh the same, yet look much slimmer and wear a smaller dress size.
Everybody wants to look better in their clothes and feel better.
And the truth is, that goal has nothing to do with weight!
In fact, once your muscles are stronger, your body would burn more energy (calories) even while resting.
That’s just one of the many reasons why regular exercise should always be on the top of your priority list. 😊
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