Losing weight can have a lot of important health benefits, but it’s important to do it in a healthy way. If your diet is too extreme or doesn’t include all of the essential nutrients your body needs, then it could cause serious problems. So, what is the right speed to lose weight and how do you know if it’s happening too fast? it.
As a general rule, people who are losing their excess weight using diet and exercise alone should aim to drop about 1 to 2 pounds a week. This rate of weight loss is healthy and it can be relatively easy to achieve. You shouldn’t have to make dramatic changes to your diet or lifestyle in order to achieve it, so it can be much easier to maintain these new healthy habits. However, if you have a lot of excess weight to lose, you may be able to do it a little faster.
The more weight you have to lose, the faster you can lose it. If you are obese then you may be able to lose more than 2 pounds a week without damaging your health, as long as you are eating a balanced diet and feeling well. However, it’s important to realise that the rate at which you’re losing weight will slow down as you drop the pounds. As you lose weight, it gets harder for your body to find stores of fat to use up. You will also be carrying less weight and sustaining a smaller body, so you won’t be using up as much energy.
If you do want to lose weight quickly, then it can be tougher to ensure you’re getting the nutrients you need to stay healthy, so it’s a good idea to talk to a GP or dietician. You may also need some extra help to achieve a faster rate of weight loss.
Weight loss surgery can help you to speed up your weight loss if you have a large amount of extra weight. You will get plenty of support to ensure that you are doing it in a healthy way and to help you to stick to a strict diet and exercise plan. The amount of weight you lose will depend on how well you follow your doctor’s advice and the type of procedure you have:
In the first year after the operation, you can expect to lose on average:
50% of your excess weight with a gastric band
50-60% with a sleeve gastrectomy
60-70% with a gastric bypass
The weight loss will be fastest in the first six months after the operation. You should continue to lose weight fairly quickly for the first year, but the rate will gradually slow down. It’s important to persevere and to remember that you are making permanent changes so that you can reach your target weight and then stick to it. Even with surgery, weight loss is a long process that requires patience and commitment.
Weight loss surgery isn’t a quick and easy option. You’ll need to spend time talking to your doctor, getting dietary advice and preparing for procedure before you even have the operation. You’ll then need to commit to long term changes in your diet and lifestyle to make the surgery a success.
If you are eating a balanced diet, feeling well and able to maintain a steady rate of weight loss then you’re probably losing weight in a healthy way. However, it’s still a good idea to check in with your doctor, especially if you’re making big changes to your diet and lifestyle.
You should also seek help if you notice any unusual symptoms. You may be losing weight too fast if it is having a negative effect on your physical or mental health. For example, if you:
Are too tired to do your usual activities
Feel faint, dizzy or light-headed
Are so irritable or upset that it’s interfering with your usual activities
Are losing hair or muscle
Have brittle fingernails, dry hair or skin problems
Notice your menstrual cycle has become irregular
Find it difficult to concentrate or complete your work
Are unable to think about anything other than weight loss
Rapid weight loss can also be a bad sign when it isn’t linked to improvements in your diet or getting more exercise. If you don’t know why you’re losing weight then you should see a doctor as it could be a sign of a serious health problem. You should also make sure that you are drinking enough water. Dehydration can make you lose weight quickly, but the results are not lasting and it can be very bad for your health.
In order to lose weight without damaging your health, you will need to reduce the number of calories in your diet without cutting out the essential nutrients that you need to stay well. You might need a nutritional supplement to help with this, especially if you’ve had a procedure like the gastric bypass, which can make it harder for your body to absorb vitamins and minerals.
It’s also important to avoid relying on diet alone. You should increase your activity levels too. Exercise will use up more calories while improving your health and strengthening your bones and muscles. Building up your muscles will also help with your weight loss as it will increase your metabolic rate.
How much weight you’re losing will depend on many factors, including your starting weight and metabolism, so it isn’t possible to identify a speed that’s right for everybody. If you are eating a balanced diet, getting regular exercise and feeling healthy while losing weight, then you’re probably doing it at a healthy rate. Sometimes it can seem too slow or difficult, but as long as you persevere, you will reach your goal.
How do you stay motivated when you’re working towards a long term weight loss goal?
Watch our valued client Isobel Grayson talking about her experience having Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy by Mr Sanjay Agrawal at The London Obesity Group clinic in London.
Watch our valued client Cristin Casey taking about her experience having consultation from Mr Sanjay Agrawal at The London Obesity Group clinic in London.
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