Slow And Steady Wins The Race And Sets The Proper Expectations
Losing 2 pounds per week, every week, is not the norm for everyone. People can lose a pound a week and actually become disappointed, even if they haven’t lost weight in 2 years. They are set on the expectation that they can lose 2 pounds a week and anything less becomes upsetting. Every body is different and one sushi dinner can up the scale by 3 pounds. Often times you’ll lose a couple pounds one week and one pound the next week. Sometimes you’ll gain a pound the following week! Don’t be discouraged, ever.
Develop and Continually Reinforce The Trend
What is important is the trend. You didn’t gain the weight in a measured fashion of 2 pounds per week, you’re most likely not going to lose it in the same way. Recognize the trend and chart your progress week to week to notice the overall loss. There are often very successful weight loss efforts with diligent plans have an average loss of 5 pounds a month. This is a very important point to emphasize– that weight loss is the result of good decision making.
Don’t Get Discouraged By Others Getting Quicker Results
Group support works very well for many people, but it also works differently for each person. For some people, the support is the final piece of a puzzle they have been working on for some time. For others, it is just the first step in a long process. In a group support setting it is completely normal to be discouraged by the rapid success of others. Understand that this is a potential pitfall of group support, but that the benefits totally outweigh the drawbacks.
But Is It Possible To Lose Weight More Quickly?
It is possible to lose more than this amount of weight if one dramatically ups the amount of vegetables, fruit, beans and salad in their diet. But most people can’t make this transition quickly. The sheer logistics involved in changing your habits alone can be a long process. And if one has a great deal of weight to lose they also need to consult their primary care physician as they begin this process.