Weight loss should be slow, no more than one to two pounds a week. It probably took more than a week to put on those extra pounds, so be patient as the weight comes off slowly, but steadily.
A common myth in dieting is that starvation means fast results. However, under eating can actually cause weight gain, just like overeating can. In addition, when you starve your body, you slow your metabolism, leading to future weight gain. Learn how many calories your body needs for healthy weight loss and maintain a food journal to keep yourself accountable.
Eating well is a daily challenge but does not have to be difficult. Your best bet is to seek a trained professional (registered dietitian) who can develop a meal plan for you that works with exactly what your body needs in a time-appropriate manner.
For information contact sports and lifestyle nutritionist Julie Fortenberry, LDN, RD, at 504.457.3100 at The Fitness Principle with Mackie Shilstone at East Jefferson General Hospital, or go to www.ejgh.org/thefitnessprinciple.