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Should you hurry your weight loss?

July 10, 2017

When you first began your quest to reduce your weight, the pounds came off by the 3s and 4s. Now after months of working to get to goal, it’s not the same. Some weeks it’s just a fraction of a pound and sometimes, there is no progress at all. Should you do something to hurry your weight loss?

Diana Ross and her mama know

Can’t hurry love
No you just have to wait
She said love don’t come easy
It’s a game of give and take
You can’t hurry love
No you just have to wait
She said trust, give it time
No matter how long it takes”
Does she know the same thing applies to losing weight?

You can’t hurry weight loss. You just have to wait (and work at it) because weight loss don’t come easy. It’s a game of give and take. That sums it up perfectly, especially the part about giving and taking and trusting and giving it time.

You give more attention to what you’re eating and take time to get more active. The more you can make the give and take a game, the better your results. By making it a game, I mean making it fun and keeping yourself challenged.

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For example, learning to fit all the foods you enjoy into a healthy eating plan is a kind of balancing game. It’s challenging, but not too hard with the right attitude. You’re learning skills that are helpful for maintaining weight loss at the same time. It’s fun to test yourself and because you’re not depriving yourself of the foods you love.

Expanding your food choices to include more foods that are naturally lower in calories and nutritionally dense and taste good is another fun game. It’s fun to try new things. If you don’t like something new, no big deal. Don’t buy it again. When you discover something that tastes amazing and fits the lower calorie/more nutritious qualifications it’s exciting and great fun.

Increasing physical activity is best when it’s all about fun and games. Start with your basic preferences. Do you like to do things alone or with other people? If it’s with people, how many? Do you prefer a small, tight circle of friends or do you like big groups. Do you enjoy competition? Do you enjoy working with or being around animals? Take these things into account. The more you like something, and the more fun you get out of it, the more you will do it.

Moving away from advice from the Supremes, or more specifically, their mamas, there are some other important reasons why you shouldn’t hurry weight loss. I’m not talking about health risks. Indeed, research shows that many of the health risks are temporary. For very large people, the risks of rapid weight loss are less dangerous than the associated conditions related to obesity.

If it’s not health risks, then what other possible reason can there be for not hurrying weight loss? The reason is losing control. Driving too fast can cause you to lose control and crash. Speeding up your weight loss can do the same thing to your success.

You may have a routine now that’s comfortable. You have become accustomed to your weight loss actions and they’re a good fit with your life. You have achieved flexible restraint. Things are going well and although your average weekly weight loss is only about a pound, it’s acceptable.

When you hurry your weight loss you must eat a lot less and exercise even more. That’s hard. You can’t enjoy an occasional treat. Heck, you can’t even eat a full meal. You’re hungry all the time but you feel guilty if you try to eat a little more to kill the hunger pains.

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Yup, that’s all you get for lunch. Eat it slowly to make it last. Nothing more ’til dinner.

You lose time doing things you enjoy because you’re going to the gym every day and spending several hours there. Missing one day, or even cutting a workout short makes you feel guilty.

Hunger and guilt – nothing is more deadly to losing weight. These things take over your mind, fill you with negative thoughts and self-doubt and steal you of your confidence. They are why weight loss fails.

Take advice from the Supremes and the tortoise (as in the “Tortoise and the Hair”) and don’t hurry love or weight loss. Slow and steady wins more than the race. It gets you to goal with the skills you’ll need to stay there.

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