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Rapid weight loss – Look at the new you faster than anticipated

Have you been having trouble coming up with a resolute long-term plan to lose weight? In this fast-paced society we often look for a quick fix, whether it’s a spray tan or a nail extension. However, it’s not so with dieting due to the common belief that gradual weight loss is better than rapid weight loss. Many people are under the impression that weight that is lost in a short-time period is regained quickly, when if fact the truth is that rapid weight loss is not connected to the rapid regain of that annoying extra weight. Let’s answer 3 key questions about rapid weight loss.

1. What are the principles of rapid weight loss?

The current, yet debatable, definition of rapid weight loss is that which is achieved by consuming less than 800 kcal per day over a short time period, such as between 1.5-2.5kg in a week. Given the impact that such weight loss programme can have on your body, you should make sure that you consume a balanced diet and invest in a good multivitamin. Not doing so would be equitable to jumping into the deep side of a swimming pool without knowing how to swim. Therefore, if you embark upon a rapid weight loss programme, you should first educate yourself about nutritional health, get yourself ready psychologically and when you are sufficiently acquainted with the diet plan you intend to follow, only then you should start the diet and be ready for the quick metamorphoses of your body.

2. Will it work?

This is indeed the big question. Rapid weight loss has been proven to be effective and to look at it in a brutally honest way: you can either lose time or lose weight! Weight loss is a hot topic in current research and according to the latest findings rapid weight loss:

  • Is beneficial for the maintenance of weight
  • Can have a positive impact on overall health
  • Is in no way connected to rapid weight gain

In the end what matters is how committed you are to reach your weight loss goal. If you consider the pros and cons of rapid versus gradual weight loss, you will easily realize that with rapid weight loss you can look great and be healthy in a short period of time. Moreover, if you are diligent and continue to implement the changes in your diet, you will also not regain the lost weight.

3. How will rapid weight loss affect my health?

Rapid weight loss appears to be extremely effective for losing weight, but there’s more. It has been connected to a reduction in C-reactive protein and this is beneficial for heart health. Rapid weight loss will not have a negative impact on your physical health or your performance and it may even be beneficial for psychological health.

Send those pounds packing

So what are you waiting to send those extra pounds packing? Rapid weight loss is like the rip of a bandage: quickly done and to the point. It’s not only about reducing food intake: it’s important to look for foods that are low in calories but nutritious. Remember that the more calories you burn, the more weight you will lose. Doing regular exercise will not only aid your weight loss but will support the transformation that your body is undergoing. So this is the time to bid that unwanted weight farewell for good without wasting your time. Think about how good you will look and feel. Don’t forget to check in the mirror to ascertain your success every once in a while!

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About Mariska ten Dam

Mariska ten Dam is a health care expert who specialises in Holistic Health. She is a qualified Natural Health Practitioner and a Health and Wellness Writer.

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  1. This article gave me hope. I look forward to a rapid change in my wait.

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