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Stop Chasing Quick Weight Loss


Article by Emily Mobley

Photography by Amanda Donaho

Hey there! If you've ever tried to lose weight quickly but found it hard to keep it off, I totally get it. Let's have a chat about why those quick fixes never seem to work and what you can do instead. Trust me, there's a better way to achieve your weight loss goals without all the frustration!

The Downside of Extreme Weight Loss:

So, here's the thing: when we go to extremes to lose weight fast, our bodies react in extreme ways too. It might sound tempting to cut out all carbs or drastically reduce calories, but it's not sustainable. Let me explain why. When you ditch carbs, you might notice a big drop on the scale at first. But guess what? It's mostly water weight, not fat loss. Carbs hold onto water in your body, so when you cut them out, you lose water weight too. It gives you a false sense of progress, but it doesn't last long.

What happens next? Well, your body goes into overdrive and starts craving sugar like crazy. You might feel on edge, have trouble focusing, and feel low on energy during workouts. It's like your body is saying, "Hey, I need carbs for fuel!" Before you know it, you're fighting hard to keep those results, but they slip away because you end up gaining back all the weight.

Losing the Wrong Kind of Weight:

Okay, let's talk about what happens when you lose weight too quickly. It's not just about shedding pounds; it's about losing the right kind of weight. When you lose weight rapidly, you're at risk of losing muscle mass instead of fat. And that's not what we want! Losing muscle slows down your metabolism, making it harder to maintain progress in the long run.

Here's the problem: when the weight you lost comes back, it's not in the form of muscle; it's mostly fat. So, you end up with higher body fat levels and a slower metabolism than before. It's like being stuck in a never-ending cycle of dieting that doesn't really get you anywhere.

The Path to Healthy Fat Loss:

Alright, enough with the disappointments! Let's focus on a better approach to losing fat and getting healthier. 

Here's what you can do:

  • Forget the scale: Instead of obsessing over the number on the scale, pay attention to how you feel and how your body composition changes. This is more felt in your clothes and seen in the mirror.

  • Use body composition testing: There are cool tools out there, like body fat calipers or advanced body scans, that can give you a more accurate picture of your progress. They can tell you how much fat you're losing and how much muscle you're keeping. That's the real deal!

  • Focus on losing fat: It's not about losing weight in general; it's about losing fat specifically. When you prioritize fat loss, you preserve your muscle mass and improve your body composition. That's the key to long-term success! Thats what supports LONG-TERM results.

Alright, my friend, now you know why those quick weight loss methods don't really work. It's time to shift your focus and take a healthier path to fat loss. Remember, it's not about extreme measures or losing weight fast; it's about making sustainable changes that lead to lasting results.

So, let's ditch the frustration and embrace a more personalized approach. Take our fun "What's Your Diet DNA" QUIZ and let us guide you towards the right direction. Trust me, you've got this!