This is almost a repost. However, with New Years right around the corner, my blog has gotten a ton of hits with people looking for those miracle, shortcut diets that simply don’t exist.
Here’s a couple of searches that brought people to my blog:
MSN Search: "lose 15 pounds in one week"
MSN Search: "how to lose 28 pounds in a month"
MSN Search: "lose 50 pounds in 10 days"
Google Search "lose 40 pounds in one week"
Google Search "lose 45 pounds in 14 days"
Weight loss doesn’t happen overnight. Nor should it happen to the tune of 10 pounds or more in a week. Instead, successful weight loss means losing one to two pounds per week. When you lose more than that, you start losing part of your lean body mass, including muscle — the mainstay of your metabolism. Muscle, after all, uses more calories than fat and is a major contributor to helping increase metabolism.
For weight loss to be successful, you also have to incorporate exercise into your daily routine. In addition, you have to change some of your behaviors about eating. For some people, that is too simple, and too difficult at the same time.
To quote Robert Kennedy, Publisher, of Oxygen magazine (an article my wife showed me), "The dark side of my mind took over and I whispered under my breath, ‘You expect to lose all your fat in two weeks when you’ve been eating like a pig for 35 years?’"
Basically what he was trying to say is that it doesn’t happen overnight. If you want to lose it and keep it off, you have to change your lifestyle. No wonder people have such a hard time losing weight and keeping it off. If you start a fad "diet" (starving yourself, cutting out entire food groups, Atkins, South Beach, blah, blah, blah which are wrong for all the right reasons) and lose the weight, you will immediately start gaining it back when you return to your old eating and lifestyle habits. If you want to change how you look, you have to change the way you live.
This includes eating right and exercising.