Quick Weight Loss Review: Tortoise vs Hare

tortoise and hare

tortoise and hare

Understandably, whenever we want to lose weight we want to do it as quickly as possible. Who wants to be overweight longer than they have to? The anticipation of looking in the mirror and saying “Wow! I am looking foxy today!” is more than most can bear. Drastically losing a bunch of weight fast can be done somewhat easy, however, are these methods reliable, long lasting, and more importantly are they safe? Let’s take a look at how this type of weight loss can affect you.

Permanent Weight Loss or a Quick Fix?

When you lose weight quickly, sure it is a quick fix BUT you won’t be able to enjoy the benefits for long. Why is this? The human body is an extremely adaptable vessel. If you severely restrict the calories you give it for an extended amount of time, your body will adapt to survive in this environment.

In other words, your body won’t use as much energy in order to conserve the calories it does get. You may be eating less, but your body will also be burning less calories. This is called slowed metabolism. Now, once you’ve reached your desired weight loss, you will no doubt stuff your face with all the sugary, fatty, and high calorie dense foods you’ve been denying yourself for this entire crash diet. You body’s metabolism hasn’t adjusted to that yet, so you will have an abundance of calories which will be stored as fat.

Is it Worth the Risks?

Even putting aside all the money and time you will be wasting on a rapid weight loss method, is a short term weight loss worth the side effects that could possibly effect your body negatively?

This is going to sound like one of those commercials for a new prescription drug but quick weight loss can cause an onslaught of bad things such as headaches, dizziness, hair loss, muscle loss, irregular bowel movements, and irregular menstrual cycles as well as being in a generally cranky mood. But that’s not all! Serious things can come from quick weight loss that will hopefully make you stop and think. These include malnutrition and dehydration, which when severe can result in many life threatening conditions. Gallstones are also  common problems for people who drastically lose weight.

Also, when you make a habit of losing and gaining weight, you’re metabolism literally gets ruined and you have a very hard time controlling your weight for the rest of your life. And no one wants this.

Change Your Mindset

Ever heard of the saying- “Slow and Steady Wins the Race?” It is true in weightloss as well. I know it is hard to be patient, but when you lose weight slowly, you give your body time to adjust and your body will keep that weight off for good, as long as you keep a healthy lifestyle. So, to change your mindset, lose weight for good health instead of good looks. When you think of it this way, you will take the right course to get to the finish line and win the race. You don’t want to end up asleep in the hospital, like a hare of the weight loss race because you were in too much of a hurry. Channel this angst to lose weight quickly into your workouts and give it your best. In this way, you will lose weight more quickly but in a safe way. Workouts are a great addition to your nutritional plan. They will keep your metabolism up by increasing muscle mass which burns more calories than fat throughout the day.

tortoise and hare

Crystal is our new weight loss expert and we're excited to have her on board! She offers her perspective in a new regular opinion column. Crystal is a professional health and fitness writer with expertise in the diet, weight loss, nutrition, fitness, and health related fields. She is also a certified personal trainer, former owner of HotMommas Fitness Bootcamp in NW Washington, and a mother of five.