A lot of weight loss advertisements say “lose weight fast!” I don’t want to lose weight fast. Really. It’s tempting because I know I can fast track my weight loss.
But I’m not after weight loss anymore.
Wait, that’s a lie. I am after weight loss but it’s not my top priority.
There are 2 reasons why I don’t want to lose weight fast:
- Because it takes time for the skin to snap back. When I lost 30 lbs. 2 years ago, I didn’t get any saggy skin, including the skin on my arms and tummy. Genetics could have played a part but I think it was largely because I lost 30 lbs over a course of 8 months–which means, I lost an average of only 1 lb. a week.
It seems slow but that’s how I prefer it to be. If you think you don’t look good overweight, you wouldn’t look good if your skin is sagging all over too.
- Because it takes time to build a habit. I know I can lose weight fast. But all ‘fast weight loss’ routines are not sustainable (e.g, you can’t drink slimming coffee forever, you can’t go on a very low calorie diet forever, you can’t eat vegetable salad everyday all day for the rest of your life.)
Healthy habits built from not taking short cuts are worth the agonizingly slow weight loss. These habits should be embedded in your day that it’s almost involuntary.
I think that you have to have a lifestyle that will sustain a healthy weight level. Else, how will you be able to maintain the weight loss from taking diet pills, starving, or drinking cups of slimming tea or coffee?