One of the main questions that people often have when they start a new weight loss program is “how many kilos or pounds am I going to lose in one week?” This is the most common question all dietitians have to answer to their clients. It is the same question everyone asks when you suggest a ‘successful’ diet solution to your friends or family. We start off a new diet and we want to know exactly what the result is going to be. Will I manage to lose more weight with a protein based (ketogenic) diet that excludes carbs or shall I ask for the professional advice of an experienced dietitian? Will a fast diet that promises excellent results make me lose weight efficiently or is it just another scam? Is there a definite answer to all these questions? Is there a health professional that can guarantee the results to all those people who start a diet and if yes, can he offer some realistic predictions?
As a general rule, keep in mind that the approximate weight loss in a week can be 1 or 2 kg depending on the person’s initial weight. This of course depends from person to person, as there is a large number of variables that can change the result. Among those variables, the most important are the ones written below:
- Your initial weight: people that have to lose less weight than others can be often disappointed at the beginning. The more extra weight you have, the faster the results can be.
- Lifestyle: if you are exercising regularly, it is more likely that it will take some additional time to lose your extra weight. Your muscles weigh more than the extra fat that you may have and losing fat while gaining muscle can be tricky on the scales.
- Water retention: there is always a chance of not being able to lose weight due to fluid retention. If you have a hormonal problem or you just can’t stop adding salt to your foods, this can cause a huge delay in your diet’s success.
- Heath problems: some health issues may of course interfere with the results of your weight loss plan. If this is the case, you have to take the advice of your personal doctor and see where the problem is.
- Stress: if you are a very stressful person in general, then weight loss will be a little bit more difficult to achieve than usual. If you want to truly succeed with your weight loss plan then you have to find what is causing you all this stress and interferes with your weight loss goals.
- Lack of sleep: it is very crucial that you get a sufficient amount of sleep on a daily basis. You have to sleep at least 7 or 8 hours per day otherwise your hormones can affect your weight loss journey.
Now you can imagine how the number of weight you can lose and the weight that you CAN actually lose in a week are not connected at all. If you want to truly lose your excess weight for good then you have to be patient. Otherwise, even if you manage to lose weight with an unhealthy, fad type of diet, you are most probably going to regain this weight sometime in the near future. Therefore, you need to ask yourself what is more important to you. If you just want to see yourself losing some weight fast, then you can always experiment with different fad diets that you can find online. Alternatively, if you want to change your lifestyle and lose weight in a healthy, realistic and progressive way, then you need to reconsider your strategy with the guidance of an expert in the industry.
Best of Health,