Most of us have at least once in our life thought about throwing away all our clothes in one fell swoop, but the reality of losing weight is a bit more complicated. While you may have heard about people losing a large amount of weight in a very short amount of time, statistics show that this is not usually the case. Instead, most people who lose weight do so gradually over a period of time. It is important to understand the underlying reasons for this so that you can work towards a healthy weight. Here are some interesting facts about the matter:
We Lose About Two Pounds On New Year’s Day
If you start the new year with a couple of pounds to lose, you will most likely get there by the end of the year. This phenomenon is known as ‘yo-yo dieting’ and it occurs for two reasons. The first is that people believe that starting the New Year with fewer pounds on will make them healthier, so they set a weight-loss goal for the year. However, as soon as the goal is met, it becomes less important to them and they inevitably regain the weight they lost. The second reason is that many people feel bad about themselves after they lose the weight, so they keep on eating even though they are now ‘fat-free’. This leads to them gaining even more weight than they originally had. It is important to understand that this sort of mindset is not helpful in the quest for a healthy lifestyle and can cause you to gain more weight than you lost initially. This is why it is important to work on losing weight gradually and consistently rather than setting a one-off goal and then falling off the wagon.
We Lose More Than We Think We Do
If you are interested in knowing how much weight you lose overnight, do not just look at the scale. Instead, you should measure your waistline and subtract the inches that show below it. There are a lot of factors that affect how much weight we lose each night. Some people may lose more because they eat more than usual while others may lose more due to insufficient sleep or erratic eating habits. With that being said, we usually lose about two pounds on average overnight, which is about one and a half to two kilos in total. The key is to not focus on the exact number and instead, be aware that this is a figure that applies to most people. You are unique so instead of guessing, it is better to find out for sure.
We Usually Regain The Weight We Lost In Two To Three Months
In order to reach our initial weight, we usually have to put in a lot of effort and watch what we eat. This is why so many people are able to lose weight and why it is such a popular thing to do. In the two to three months after we have lost the weight, we are usually able to keep it off, but in the years that follow, this tends to be harder. This is because our bodies are now used to being at a certain weight and it takes a lot of work to get back there again. The good thing is that most people are able to do this and if they are not, it usually means that they have given up or are not ready to lose the weight yet. In the meantime, it is important to continue to work towards being healthier and happier, regardless of whether or not we reach our goal weight. There are plenty of individuals who have lost a lot of weight and continue to lead a healthy lifestyle, so it is not all about numbers.
Diabetes And Heart Disease Correlate With Higher Body Mass Index
According to the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists, people who are obese (they weigh more than they should) are at an increased risk for type 2 diabetes mellitus and heart disease. This is probably because fat cells produce hormones that interfere with the body’s natural hormone production, which in turn leads to the body undergoing changes that cause insulin resistance and heart disease. It is also worth noting that some studies have shown that having a healthy weight can significantly reduce your risk of both type 2 diabetes and heart disease. In other words, if you want to stay healthy, lose the weight! You will be doing your body good and you will make the people around you happier too.
The above facts about how much weight we lose overnight are interesting, but unless you are trying to lose weight quickly and permanently, do not really apply. Instead, it is better to find out for sure how much weight you need to lose for the healthy lifestyle you deserve to lead. This is a process that takes some time but if you are determined, you will get there eventually.