I wanted to weigh in on the timing of weight loss the right way. The honest truth is weight loss takes time. How much time you ask, depends on your individual situation. What works for one person, your friend perhaps, may not work for you. You are your own unique being. You have your own set of circumstances, challenges and talents. Thus, your body has it’s own schedule for weight loss.
I will tell you that no matter the length of time, the effort you put into weight loss will come back to benefit you. During the first few weeks, months for some of you, amazing transformations are happening inside your body that you cannot view with the naked eye. Every cell in your body is leaning and preparing for change, mitochondria are gaining efficiency in energy production and your gut is building up healthy bacteria. These are the first steps in preparing your body for weight loss.
“What we acquire without sweat, we give away without regret”
This little phrase has helped me remember that I have to “work” for results. They are WAY more meaningful if I have worked to make them happen then if they came easily and without effort. The self confidence gained from, “I did it,” is much more valuable and meaningful.
I agree with this recap on the time and effort it takes to achieve weight loss from several trainers at http://www.myfitnesspal.com article this month:
“You probably already know it can take a while to see the benefits of working out and eating healthy, but knowing something and accepting it are two different things. “Many clients will join a fitness program only to terminate too soon,” says Michael Piercy, MS, certified strength and conditioning specialist, owner of The LAB and IDEA Personal Trainer of the Year 2017. Think about it this way: “The weight that you might want to lose didn’t get there in one day, so we know that it won’t come off in a day.”
Plus, there’s the fact that losing weight really quickly isn’t a great idea. “The faster you lose weight, the more likely it is to come right back (plus some) when you stop dieting,” says Christel Oerum, a certified personal trainer and diabetes coach. “When you lose weight too quickly, you also decrease your body’s metabolism, meaning that you burn fewer calories. When you have reached your weight goal and go back to a normal, healthy diet, you may have decreased your metabolism so much that even a ‘normal’ diet will make you gain weight fast.” That’s why slow and steady is the best approach, which means 1–2 pounds of weight loss per week maximum.” – 8 Things Trainers Wished Everyone Knew About Weight Loss Article