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Weight Loss Myth? Rapid Weight Loss can be Maintained

Rapid weight loss is a desired result for the average dieter. Maintaining the loss of pounds may, however, prove to be more difficult. It is clear that rapid weight loss can be achieved by simply reducing the amount of calories consumed. Adding exercise to your routine can help to speed up the process by burning more calories.  On average, you need to burn off 500 more calories than you eat each day in order to lose 1 pound a week. A rough estimate of average caloric intake is around 2,000.  This amount varies according to lifestyle, age and height, as well as other factors.

Reducing the amount of food you eat each day can aid you in reducing calories and, in turn, achieving weight loss. A 500 calorie reduction may only mean cutting out dessert, quitting a soda habit or switching to low fat condiments. These changes aren't too tough to imagine. Looking at one pound a week weight loss, however, can be discouraging to an overweight individual just beginning their weight loss journey.  Someone hoping to lose 25 pounds would be marking weeks off their calendar for more than six months. Unfortunately, a great number of Americans are more than 25 pounds overweight.  Nearly a third of Americans are considered obese.

Quick Fix Is No Fix 

This is when the 'quick fix' diet becomes appealing. We have all seen the infomercials and advertisements promising the shedding of unwanted pounds in no time at all. Eating only grapefruits and drinking water for a week seems to do the trick quickly. Cabbage soup and lemons may bring you to your weight loss goal in a couple of weeks. With the world at our fingertips, literally everywhere we go, we currently find it hard to wait for anything. Our busy lifestyles don't afford us the time to prepare well-balanced meals. This accounts for the success of the diet industry over the last several decades. The better option, however, would be to reduce your calorie intake by eating healthier food.

Healthy Choices

Whole grains, green leafy vegetables, lean meats and fruits allow you to eat more without adding the high calorie content found in less healthy choices. Meals that are prepared in your own kitchen contain much less in terms of calories than their restaurant made counterparts. This approach may not lead to rapid weight loss, but it will lead to maintained weight loss. Slow and steady wins the weight loss race. 

If your drop in pounds is achieved by a dramatic change in your diet that cannot be maintained over your lifetime, your weight loss won't be maintained either. You cannot expect to eat like a rabbit for the rest of your life. Sooner or later your primal hunger will win out and the pounds will creep back on. Don't set yourself up for failure. Small changes made over time and incorporated into your lifestyle will yield results that last.

When losing weight is no longer your goal and healthy living is the norm, maintaining your weight will come naturally. It takes time to gain significant weight. It should take time to lose it as well. Rapid weight loss may work for the short term, but it can't be maintained.

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