In the world of weight loss, there are questions from clients that come up again and again. Here are the most common ones that may help to explain why you may not be getting the results on the scales you have been expecting.
Why does it take so long to lose weight?
Basically, the human body does not like to lose weight, rather it is programmed to build and store. As such, mobilising fat stores, especially fat stores that have been present for some time, takes time but also plenty of energy. And, the fewer the kilos you have to lose, the longer it can take.
When people lose weight quickly, it tends to be a whole lot of water weight and also the stores of glycogen found in the muscles as opposed to fat. The average person with 10kg or less to lose at most will be able to lose ½ -1kg a week and as such it will take at least four weeks to drop 5kg and close to 3 months to lose 10kg or a little more, at best.
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Why do I need to eat more to keep losing weight?
When you begin a new weight-loss regime, it is the sudden, dramatic reduction in overall calorie, carb and fat intake that sees relatively quick changes on the scales, as extra fluid weight and glycogen stores in the muscles are rapidly depleted. Over time though, as the body starts to burn through fat stores, the body’s cells actually become more efficient at burning energy. As such, you will actually need more calories to continue burning fuel efficiently.
In addition, if you are exercising and gaining muscle mass, over time metabolic rate will increase again meaning the body requires more calories to function. This is the reason you may begin a weight-loss program with just 1000-1200 calories but long-term need to increase it when you find your weight-loss results slow and your appetite increases.