Now, this is a big question. In regards to the safety and well being of the dieter, averaging a rate of 1.5lb of fat loss per week would bring you 200lb further down the scale in 2.5 years. This timeframe for fat loss will make it a whole lot more probable that you'll manage to maintain the acquired weight at the end of your journey, as opposed to crash dieting.
What is obesity?
Obesity is a common problem in the United States, and it is one of the leading causes of death. Obesity can lead to many health risks such as diabetes, heart disease, and cancer. Obesity has been an epidemic in the US for decades.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) defines obesity as a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or higher. BMI is calculated by dividing your weight in kilograms (weight in lb times 0.45) by your height in meters, squared. If you have a BMI over 30, you are considered obese.
The CDC states that there are more than 130 million Americans who are obese, which makes up about 42% of the population in the US. The CDC also reports that it takes about 18 months to lose 200 pounds at a healthy rate with diet and exercise alone without. This would presume a continuous fat loss rate of 2.5lb a week.
How can I realistically lose 200lb for good?
A healthy fat loss rate would be about 1-5 lb per week. This usually means that you will need to cut about 500 calories per day to lose 1 lb per week (3500 cal in a pound of fat). At this rate we have seen participants from our weight loss programs easily sustain this level to their desired weight goal and maintain the end result with ease. Pushing above this rate might seem tempting, but it can also lead to health issues like lack of sleep and depression.
One of the widely known occurrences for people trying to lose weight quickly is when they find themselves “yo-yo dieting” (also known as crash dieting). This is a phenomenon in which people lose weight rapidly, often several pounds per week, but then regain any weight which was lost (and sometimes more) within a relatively short period.
There are many cases in the history of popular media and entertainment where dieters have been shown rapidly losing weight in order to serve as inspiration for viewers.
So, what can I take from this?
So, It is proven that the best way to maintain the long-term success of dieting is not through yoyo diets but to achieve sustainable weight loss and maintain it over time.
The bottom line is, that you will not lose weight by sitting on your couch and eating tons of chocolate. You will need to change your lifestyle, food habits and the way you think about food to achieve so. Changes in lifestyle don't come over night. Implementation of key strategies are useless unless your mind is able to lock them in for good. Repetition of these key strategies is what will reap you success in this journey. Enjoy this process, its yours to own!!!