A “tortoise and the hare” approach to weight loss is most likely to succeed in the race to shed pounds.
GOVERNED BY TIME
Many of us want to lose weight quickly and some of us may need to do so for some reason or another. I’m not saying that we should never want to lose weight quickly. You might need to lose weight to fit into clothing that you want to wear to a wedding. It might be your wedding and you have to lose weight in order to fit into that wedding dress or suit. Or it could be a health issue where your doctor is in charge.
NOT GOVERNED BY TIME
But if you are not being governed by time, then you might find this post interesting.
A study of 183 people, published in the journal Obesity , found that “hares” who crash dieted their way to slimness lost less weight over two years than “tortoises” who shed a consistent number of pounds each week.
Overweight participants were enrolled into a year-long weight loss programme. Bigger weight fluctuations in the first six and twelve weeks led to poorer weight control two years later. For example, a person who lost four pounds one week, regained two pounds the next week , and then lost one pound a week later, fared worse than someone who shed one pound per week consistently for three weeks.
Prof Michael Lowe, a psychologist from Drexel University, Philadelphia who led the investigation, said sticking to weight loss goals was important, even if progress was slow. He said: “Settle on a weight-loss plan that you can maintain week in and week out, even if that means consistently losing just three quarters of a pound each week.”
FOUND THIS INTERESTING TOO
If my website has been of interest to you, you would know that my weight-loss programme is based on the book Mini Habits for Weight Loss which is all about not dieting and rather forming new habits in order to lose weight. Well, please allow me to quote an interesting piece from the book ;
“ Imagine you have the choice between getting the sum of one penny that’s doubled for 31 days or a lump some of $5 million. Shockingly , you’d be crazy to take the $5 million , because in 31 days , your penny will have doubled its way to over $10 million. (Hat tip to Darren Hardy’s The Compound Effect for the example.) Think about this in terms of gaining a pound every month versus losing a pound every month. After one year , you’d weigh 12 pounds more or 12 pounds less. And the difference between these two scenarios is 24 pounds. That’s a significant difference for a small change in weight from one month to the next.
To put it in real terms how do you think it would make you feel to be 12 pounds lighter than you are right now? How would it impact the way you feel about yourself ? How do you think it would affect your energy levels ? How do you think it would change your motivation and willingness to go further ? Depending on which way you go , just one pound gained or lost per month will put you well ahead or well behind, physically and psychologically, after one year.
The smallest choices make the biggest difference. That little penny isn’t just important , it’s everything.