‘What to do if you have a LOT of weight to lose’ is a series of articles dedicated to the seemingly daunting task of losing lots of weight – think 30kg or more. If you are in this boat then this is the strategy for you. Follow the steps week by week and you’ll soon be on the path to a THINNER and (more importantly) HEALTHIER you
Don’t Cut Too Hard
Losing weight is all about adjusting the way you eat – the foods you choose and the quantities in which you eat them – so that your internal chemistry changes and your brain tells your fat cells to get rid of stored fat. On the face of it, it seems quite simple. You just need to eat highly nutritious, quality foods and consume them in small quantities.
Well, it’s complicated…
You see, if you have a lot of weight to lose the knee-jerk reaction to planning a diet is to drop your calorie-intake drastically, because it SEEMS like you’d lose more weight, faster.
Unfortunately your body is way more complicated than this. The issue with a giant calorie-cut is that your body MAY shed some excess weight for a few days, but then it’ll think that you’re in “starvation” mode, and it will stop losing weight to try to save calories! It will go into storage mode which is not what you want at all!
So the key is to cutting calories for weight loss, but to only cut a reasonable number at a time. This way your body will stay in weight loss mode for much longer. As you lose weight, you’ll cut a little more, and continue to adjust for the new bodyweight you achieve.
Where do you start?
Well, you need to know how many calories you’re eating right now.
Let’s pretend that’s 3000 per day. If you want to start losing weight, cut that down to 2500. See how that goes. If you eat like that and keep losing weight then stick with it. When the weight loss slows down, cut to 2250.
Just DON’T CUT TOO HARD or you’ll end up right back where you started. Weight loss takes time and patience! If you stick with it, you’ll end up learning how to live a healthy lifestyle, and you won’t pick up the weight again.