Fast Weight Loss vs. Slow

This time of year I see lots of people struggling to fulfill their new years resolutions, especially those concerning weight loss.  One of the big questions that everyone seems to have is what is the difference between the quick weight loss plans and the long-term weight loss plans?? Of course everyone wants something fast and easy, but the truth of the matter is that those are only really good if you’re losing weight for an event and don’t really care if you can’t keep it off.

Fast Weight Loss

Everyone knows and loves these diets.  Eat nothing but grapefruit and lose 14 pounds in 14 days or something ridiculous.  It works quickly and rebounds just as quickly but if you’re trying to fit into your wedding dress, that’s probably just fine. You’re not looking to change your whole life, you’re looking to change your look for a while and then settle back to your normal weight.

The benefits of fast weight loss plans is that you typically can lose a decent amount of weight in a short period of time.  This also can be a great kick-start to a slower weight loss program and if you do it that way it is possible to keep weight off.  The big downfall is that this type of diet is almost always something that you really can’t do long-term so of course the weight is going to come back.

Healthy Fast Weight Loss Plan

If you’re looking for this type of weight loss then you have to be prepared to have a bizarre diet for a little bit. It works, but you’re probably not going to be eating anything you normally eat. Here’s what you do:

  • 16 oz water every hour and a half you’re awake.
  • 4 tiny meals daily. Each one should have:
  • 3-4 oz of protein rich food like lean meat, beef, chicken, turkey, eggs, fish, or nuts
  • 8-10 ounces of a vegetables (but not potatoes or corn because they’re mostly starch).
  • Also you can have one fruit serving with one of the meals.

This means you’re not eating any grains, any dairy, any refined sugars or refined carbs, or any junk food.  This won’t work with fast food either. This isn’t a good long-term plan, but it will kick-start your weight loss and can be used to kick-start a long-term plan. That is by far the best combo if you’d like to lose a bunch of weight quickly and also keep it off.  I wouldn’t suggest maintaining this plan for more than 2 weeks.

Long Term Weight Loss

This is always the best way to go if you want to lose weight and keep it off.  If you’re extra ambitious you can do two weeks of fast weight loss first and then transition into this, but this alone will work wonders. The best part about it is it works well and lasts.  The hard part is that it’s a life change. This isn’t something you do for a while and then go back to the diet that made you fat – it doesn’t work out that way.  This is something that you transition your diet to long-term. The downfall of just doing something like this is it isn’t dramatic weight loss in a short period of time.  Losing 50-75 pounds in a year is awesome and huge and powerful, but it doesn’t look much different from normal in the first two weeks.

© Hadriankub... | Dreamstime.com The way to look like this is with the combo of short-term and long-term weight loss.

Healthy Long Term Weight Loss Plan

I talk about this extensively in my book DIY Health: For Women so if  this brief introduction isn’t enough, that’s the best place to look for more information. This is basically a great health plan that will help you lose weight but also just get your body back into balance. Here’s the plan:

  • 8-12 8 oz glasses of water daily
  • 25-40 g fiber daily (yes – count them.)
  • 4 small meals with 1 palm-sized protein serving (lean meat, nuts or nut butters, greek yogurt, fish, eggs), 2 palm-sized veggie servings and 1/2 palm-sized serving of fruit or whole grains.
  • Exercise 10 minutes 1-3 times daily depending on your level of fitness
  • No sodas, sugary drinks or sugary snacks, no fast food.
  • Plenty of sleep and as much activity as you can work in – think of simple things like parking at the back of the lot and taking the stairs.

It may sound overly simple, but just switching to lots of water, lots of fiber and whole foods will drop those pounds off easily. Not that it’s easy to change your diet completely, but once you get used to it it’s really easy to maintain. Maintaining it is the key point – this is a lifestyle change that you’re making permanently. Once you’ve reached your goal weight you can experiment with being a little less rigid with diet, but for the most part staying with a clean diet and exercise habits is the best way to stay slim.

If you know you have a thyroid or estrogen imbalance then it’s best to work with a doctor because sometimes those factors can make dieting on your own ridiculously hard.  There are a lot of natural options for balancing those problems that will make your life and diet far easier.

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