To all of our Work-In-Progress BWDW Sistas, time to check in! Now that we have made it successfully into the 2 quarter of the year, when do you think your partially finished goods will be ready in 2014? Please share with us when you hope to be ready to unveil your new and improved functional parts. But keep in mind that slow and steady wins the race. How many times have you heard this saying? You didn’t put the weight on overnight so it is OK if you want to take your time in losing it. BWDW Sister Erika Mannor (our official BWDW Work in Progress Sister) knows this all too well. It has taken her 4 years to get to this point and she says she is never giving up!
There are some benefits to slow weight loss.
1. Maintains Weight Loss
When you lose weight you are only dealing with half the battle of a healthy lifestyle. Maintenance of your new weight loss can be just as challenging especially when you lose the weight too fast. In most instances, rapid weight loss can set you up for gaining it back and can cause your metabolism to slow down after some time. This will in turn result in slower weight loss. However, a slow weight loss program will ensure that your metabolism will remain efficient, and you will lose weight at a steadier rate.
2. Safer Way to Lose Weight
When you lose weigh slow and steady, you reduce the risk of experiencing health problems that are associated with rapid weight loss. Some cases of rapid weight loss can result in health problems such as nutrient deficiencies, dehydration and even heart attack and it should not be practiced over a long period of time. Slow weight loss makes it easier for your body to adapt to the changes that are occurring internally and externally.
3. Eliminates Muscle Loss
No one likes the “skinny fat” look. Having a small frame that is riddled with cellulite pockets simply is not an attractive look to achieve. If you are going on a strict diet to lose weight fast, your body will receive insufficient amounts of calories. When your body does not have enough calories, it will try to obtain energy from other sources, such as muscle cells. As a consequence of muscle loss, your body will become less toned. If you choose to lose weight at a slower rate, you will achieve a leaner and firmer figure.
4. Prevents Loose Skin
Your skin needs time to adjust to the loss of body mass. Rapid weight loss often leads to the loosening of skin. Although the skin is an elastic organ, losing too much weight within a short period of time can cause “bat wing” arms to appear or excess folds of skin around the stomach or other parts of your body. Slow weight loss gives ample time for your skin to contract and fit your smaller body, and you will have ordinary looking skin that does not wrinkle or sag.
5. Fuller Hair
Another problem with fast weight loss is that it can cause hair loss. When you reduce the consumption of food, you will be deprived of some important vitamins, minerals and fatty acids that are required for maintaining healthy hair. Consequently, your hair will become drier and more brittle, and you will begin to lose hair after some time.
6. Reduces Fatigue
Most rapid weight loss diets are low in calories and protein, and they do not provide sufficient energy for you to lead an active lifestyle. As such, you may experience fatigue and tiredness throughout the day. If you lose weight slowly, you will not only be able to perform your daily duties more efficiently, you will also have the energy to do the necessary exercises to lose weight.