“Tortoise and Hare”

 

 

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.

 

 

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