Let’s start with a recent conversation I had, which went like this.
Me: Hey, I am going home (Nigeria) very soon.
Friend: That’s a coincidence; I am planning a trip as well. But I won’t go until I lose this weight. I don’t want people calling me fat.
Me: Well… judging by your travel date, you have about a month to lose it. That should be about 8 lbs.
Friend: 8 lbs?!?! No way, I need to lose 30.
Me: Lose 30 lbs in 4 weeks?!!?
Friend: Yes, a pound a day
Me: *shaking my head*
This conversation is not unusual to hear. Quick weight loss is touted everywhere, especially at the beginning of the new year when everyone is trying to get a start on their weight loss New Year resolutions. However, if you pay close…. very close attention to anyone who loses weight very quickly, they gain what they lost and then some more even quicker. People! Getting fit is a marathon, not a sprint. Stop and get a dose of reality! You did not put on 30 pounds in 30 days. It took months, even years. It will not disappear naturally in that same time span.
Your body needs to readjust to the good changes you are making to your body slowly. Lose weight very quickly and risk looking like a deflated balloon. If you look to television shows featuring amazing weight loss results, you will realize that the contestants are exercising constantly under supervision for up to 6 hours a day. Do you have that kind of time on your hands to devote to exercise? If you do, then you are the 1% and this article doesn’t apply to you. Please invite me over when your personal chef cooks you those health approved meals. And why even bother with exercise, just have your plastic surgeon augment your body.
Every story I’ve ever heard that came from people who have maintained their weight loss, me included, is the same. It’s a slow process. You should aim to lose about 2 to 2.5 pounds a week. Do this consistently and you will drop 30 pounds in approximately 4 months. It takes that long to develop the habits that will help you maintain your new healthy weight.
So, I applaud you for realizing you are overweight. However, its not a circumstance that can be changed overnight. Do your research, there are so many options for exercise. Change and monitor your meal. But most of all, stick with REALISTIC goals, it’s better for your sanity and mine
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