Rapid Weight Loss During the First Week of Losing Weight is Misleading and Can Provide False Hope
New Year’s Resolutions have been underway for over a week, so get ready for these kind of comments from friends, family, and co-workers alike:
“I lost 15 pounds in my first week! I’ll lose 100 pounds by March. I’m so glad I signed up to Super Revolutionary Fad Diet Program on New Year’s Day! It only costs $39.95 a week, and it’s so much better than anything else!”
No matter how the weight loss is achieved (counting calories, Nutrisystem, Weight Watchers, etc), it’s great that so many people start losing weight this time of year. The first week normally brings big losses for most people: 3, 7, and even 10+ pounds are common figures. Unfortunately, many people turn it into an expectation for the weeks that follow and that’s when the initial surge of motivation turns into confusion:
“I didn’t change anything, so why’d I stop losing weight?”
Over the first few weeks of losing weight, your body is going through huge changes. It doesn’t matter what meal plan or program you’re following, your body went from eating a lot of excess calories one day to a much smaller number of calories the next day. That initial transition causes you to lose weight very rapidly, as does the loss of water that was associated with those excess calories you were once consuming.
As you get past the first few weeks of your initial weight loss and really get into the grind, the weight will start to come off slowly. Expect it. You’ll probably only lose 1-3 pounds a week during the bulk of your weight loss journey. And during some weeks you might even gain weight and not have any clue as to what you did wrong.
Expect it. It happened to me. It happens to everybody. It will happen to you.
Take your initial weight loss of 5, 10, 15 pounds or whatever since New Year’s and keep it in perspective. It’s absolutely wonderful that you’re on your way to reaching your goals, but don’t expect big weekly losses to continue. Remember that you’re making lifestyle changes, not watching the clock and expecting to lose 100 pounds by March.
Understand that this is a long, drawn out fight, but it’s well worth it at the end.