How much weight loss is Healthy to lose weekly?

Posted on: July 15th, 2013 by Hayley James No Comments

Woman Measuring Her WaistSo, you have seen actors lose weight for a role they will be playing in a movie. In fact, some of them are really so scary, you would  question the safety of this  drastic weight loss on their health.

For instance, there's Christian Bale who lost a shocking 63 pounds for his role as a chronic insomniac in the film, The Machinist. And who would not be scared of seeing a once buffed Matthew McConaughey turned a scarecrow after he lost 38 pounds to play an AIDS patient in the movie, The Dallas Buyers Club. These actors were almost unrecognizable when they lost weight.

Is this healthy? How much weight loss is healthy to lose weekly?

Health professionals agree that a healthy weight loss is about 1-2 pounds per week. However, I will have to expand on this matter a little bit more.

You see, healthy weight loss is not as simple as how much you lost but how you lose it. Losing 1-2 pounds per week can be unsafe because of the way in which you lose it.

Take a look at some factors to be considered:

1. How much do you weigh and how much do you have to lose?
There's a big difference between a person weighing 180 pounds with the goal of losing  20 pounds in one week from someone who weighs 380 pounds and lose 20 pounds in one week. You need to consider the large amount of water weight you would lose during the week.  While the former may be unhealthy if you push it, the latter is plausible.

2. How much time do you have to spend in losing the weight? I presume you don't have all day to work out and lose the weight. You may have a job and other responsibilities that will make it difficult for you to burn enough calories to lose a few pounds in one week. You can't go on your routine for three days and spend the whole two days losing weight, can you?

3. Consider your current fitness level. If you are not exposed to training and exercise, you'll likely injure yourself in the process. It is crucial that you know your physical capability to begin an exercise program. Do not aim for a very aggressive exercise regimen and push your fitness level beyond the limits.

Of course you can go beyond the "healthy" recommendation of 1-2 pounds per week. Just don't forget that losing weight quickly has its disadvantages from muscle loss, nutritional deficiencies, loose skin  and even potentially fatal cardiac arrhythmias,

And besides, majority of people who lose weight fast, gain it back even faster. Think about it, do you want something short-term like losing 10 pounds in one week and gain it back right away or lose 10 pounds in one month which can stay for good?

The idea is to love your body—that's why you want to lose weight in the first place, right? Losing weight is not a race. Unless you are in a reality tv show. And if you are convinced that it is, remember that the turtles always win! (wink)

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