Following up on my last blog about the healthiest way to lose weight, the community has asked a very good (and very common) question: “How many pounds a week can one lose in a healthy fashion?"
Most experts agree that the standard here is a steady weight loss of 1 to 2 pounds a week. Some weeks may be a little more, some a little less. A little week-to-week variation is fine but overall you should aim for the consistency of 1 to 2 pounds lost per week.
The rationale for this is clear: a slow and steady weight loss has been proven safe, healthy and effective over the long term. It helps to start thinking about this in a slightly different way: your goal is not actually weight loss in of itself; the goal is actually to make changes that contribute to a healthy body with the “side effect” of weight loss.
And remember that losing even 5 to 10 percent of your body weight can bring health benefits if you are overweight or obese.
Other helpful hints to keep in mind:
1. Keep a record of your progress. It really helps to see how far you’ve come.
2. Celebrate small victories. Create a milestone chart and reward yourself with non-food treats, such as a night out at the movies or that new purse or golf club you’ve been eyeing. This positive reinforcement is wonderful for the spirit.
3. Think long-term. Losing weight the healthy way is not a quick fix, nor do you want it to be. What you are going for here are changes in your lifestyle that will stick with you and translate into a healthier life, long term.
Published On: May 16, 2007