Would you rather lose weight fast or slow? What's your best diet tip?

United States
June 8, 2008 12:46pm CST
I've been on many diets and lost lots of weight over the years. I've probably lost my entire body weight several times over by now. But, it always comes back. And, I've found that the faster the weight comes off, the quicker it returns. Maybe because I just lost the weight and not the bad habits that made me overweight. So, now I try to lose the weight slowly, while learning new and healthier eating habits, so the weight doesn't return. Plus, I try to eat lots of fiber rich fruits and vegetables in salads daily and drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration. Daily exercise makes the weight loss more permanant. Do you prefer to lose weight fast or slow? What's your best weight loss tip?
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@ersmommy1 (12600)
• United States
9 Jun 08
I think most people would say that they would love to lose quickly. But it isn't healthy to do it that way. And in the long run most people put the weight back on plus a few extra pounds. Slower loss is the healthiest way to go. And for some reason people seem to keep it off longer. I don't really have any tips. Except, treat yourself every once in a while. Makes sticking to your plans easier.
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• United States
10 Jun 08
It really is the best way to go.
@steve9737 (918)
• Colombia
9 Jun 08
I have not tried to lose wight because I don't need to, I am thin so I have been trying to earn weight but without get fat, so I started to go to a gym and I started to get some pounds of muscle and my body started to looks bigger, while I was in the gym I did a diet based in milk, it was replacing water for milk and it worked fine, maybe if you want to lose weight you would try avoiding to drink too much milk, well I was doing well but I have to stop because I got really busy, it is really disappointing that all the hard work was gone because I lose the pounds I have earned very fast, and I back to my normal wight, I have heard that the problem is that muscles and fat are the same and if they only grown, so maybe the problem with your diet is that your fat just get little but it grows again when you start to go back to your eating habits, maybe you would think in remove the fat with a surgery. I don't know if really worths the risk.
• United States
10 Jun 08
I agree! I need to do more muscle building exercises. Since my pregnancy, my muscles are out of shape and simply cutting calories is making my muscles weaker. Thanks for the advice.
@Elixiress (3893)
8 Jun 08
I prefer to loose weight fast as it is usually only a few pounds that I want to loose, but at the moment I want to loose a stone, so I am going to try and do it slowly. I go to the gym and everything, but my stomach does not seem to be changing at all =( I am going to focus on my diet tomorrow, because the gym is making little effect by itself.
• United States
10 Jun 08
Maybe it's not a weight issue, then. Maybe it's a salt issue. My tummy gets all puffy (more than normal) when I have too much salt. Or, if don't drink enough water. If you only have a few pounds to take off, that could make a world of difference. Best of luck. Let me know how it works out. Be well!
@Elixiress (3893)
10 Jun 08
I am planning on drinking more water as it is good for your body as well as your metabolism. I never eat extra salt in/on meals other than the salt already in the foods and there is not much I can do about that.
@Shaun72 (15968)
• Palatka, Florida
8 Jun 08
I agree losing weight slowly is better then losing it to fast. I am trying to get some weight off myself. Since I have been going to physical thearpy and I just finished going to massage therapy. I have learned quite a few exersises to do at home. I am also cutting back on starch food and eating more fruits and vegtables and meat and also I am drinking a lot of water. I have lost weight before this way and I am doing it again.
• United States
10 Jun 08
I did the fruit veggie diet a few years back and dropped twenty or so pounds in less than two months, with just regular daily activity. I didn't do lots of aerobics. Just didn't have time. But, I had no milk and no meats at all. Just fruits and veggies. I may have had some noodles, but I don't think so. Hope your diet works out. I know how tough those things can be. be well.
@Shaun72 (15968)
• Palatka, Florida
10 Jun 08
Yeah i have a time with wanting junk food and soda.
@maddysmommy (16235)
• United States
9 Jun 08
I would rather lose it fast but know that is not healthy. I have started walking again and modifying my diet. It's slow going but I'm going to try and stick to it this time. I want to lose 30 pounds over the summertime before winter sets in.
• United States
10 Jun 08
And, summer time is the best time to lose the weight too. My metabolism is always higher during that time.
• United States
9 Jun 08
I'd rather lose weight slowly besause I heard it's healthier for you. About three years ago I took a whole year to lose 10 pounds. It felt really good because I knew I wasn't stressed about it. I was just having fun working out and going at a pace that was right for me. My best tip for weight loss is excercise by doing something you love. I lost most of my weight by playing a PS2 game called EyeToy Kinetic. It's a game where you try to hit virtual objects or follow virtual paths on the screen. The PS2 uses a camera to track your movement. I looked forward to it everyday. If you find something you like that much you'll have a blast working out and losing weight. I'm getting excited just thinking about it. :D
• United States
10 Jun 08
See! I knew losing weight could be fun. Now I have to find my weight loss bliss too. Sometimes I do stationary cycling while watching tv or posting on mylot. It works, when i can remember to do it.
@lucy02 (5017)
• United States
9 Jun 08
If it would stay of I would rather lose it fast, lol. I am doing something called the serotonin power diet. It's suppose to help people that have gained weight from antidepressants and also good for people that are depressed too. Its mostly low fat carbs and veggies. You do eat protein and veggies at lunch and protein and carbs for breakfast....watching calories and fat. Then at night and for snacks the low fat carbs and veggies.
• United States
10 Jun 08
I have not tried that!
@kiran1978 (4137)
• Australia
8 Jun 08
I agree with you the faster you lose weight the quicker it returns. Losing around 0.5-1 kilogram a week is good weight loss and healthy and therefore easier to keep off. So I prefer to lose weight slower and keep it off then a bandaid solution to losing weight, lol. Healthy balanced diet based on 5000 kilojules a day with your grains, meats, milk, veges, fruit and small amt of good fats is the best way to lose weight and exercise 3-5 times a week. I find running sheds weight off and really helps to burn kilojules.
@kiran1978 (4137)
• Australia
18 Jun 08
Thanks for the best response, much appreciated.
@taface412 (3176)
• United States
8 Jun 08
Generally when you take on a new diet where rapid weight loss is a result is a very unhealthy based diet. Either you are eliminating a certain food group or you are using a water based diet or you just don't eat at all....either one of those types are not only not teaching you how to eat a healthy well-balanced diet to maintain health and wellbeing, but it is very dangerous to your heart. Rapid weight gain and rapid weight loss can be a little too much overload for your cardiovascular system. And can also bring on other diseases as well, such as diabetes. I had a doctor once tell me it was not the actual number I should focus on when worrying about losing weight (b/c diabetes runs in my family on both sides and I was concerned about my weight and the diabetes history), but it is the fluctuation that I needed to be careful about. This affects your insulin levels and can wear out your pancreas, which produces insulin naturally in your body. And you are right about losing weight and not changing your eating habits....and sad but true but when you regain the weight you already lost usually there is an extra five pounds with that as well. Since I graduated college 8 years ago on and off I have tried several diets and finally picked up a few nutrition books. And honestly after reading them I found it is not difficult to maintain a healthy lifestyle, and you really don't starve on these eating habits (at first it seems that way because you have stretched your stomach) and you are preserving your life with this change. The only drawback is the cost to eating healthy. Junk food and processed foods are much cheaper, but loaded with salt. So here are my tips that I did over the years and I have lost and kept off 26 lbs and continue to lose a pound or two. 1) introduce the healthy stuff slowly. Don't want to shock your body. So read some books and find things that you might like to add. 2) Eliminate cooking with salt. Instead use Olive Oil and those non-stick sprays. You can add a little salt later for taste and you have cut your usual sodium intake in half. 3) Go for leaner meats and learn your portions. Eat more veggies at meals than meat and bread. 4) Use the substitute butter....look at the sodium levels on the regular tubs and then look at the substitute like "I can't believe it's not butter." Oh and fo rcooking I use unsalted butter. 5) Eat breakfast, and it can be a quick egg and toast with juice. 6) Load up on antioxidants, like berries and certain cereals now offer it in them. You will not believe how much clearer and better you will feel. Oh and there are AOX in teas, not just green tea. Mainly I started these tips after my mother had her heart attack. ANd it is not a boring diet as long as you follow these basic rules almost anything goes. I still eat fast food, and ice cream, but I have learned control and that was my main goal. Because once I stopped focusing on the number and started focusing on my heart....I noticed I kept it off and when I look back at the pictures I smile at that fat girl. I still have a lot of weight to come off if I want to live up to the standard of my height. But I will be happy with another 20 lbs. It might take a while but it will happen. Good luck....
• United States
10 Jun 08
Those are super ideas. I'm going to bookmark this page.
@nicholejade (2430)
• Canada
8 Jun 08
I have heard that if you take the weight off fast the weight comes back faster. I perfer to take it off slowly. After my car accident and hurting my back quite bad and not being able to do alot of things I have sure packed on some pounds. I am trying to take it off but it is so hard. I used to be so active before my accident but even that is shot out the window.
• United States
8 Jun 08
I've heard that too! I'm sure slow and steady will get you to your goal. Best of luck!
@spalladino (17925)
• United States
8 Jun 08
I agree with you that losing weight slow is better than fad diets that take it off slowly since it usually comes back that way. I've had a lot of long term luck using a low carb/high protein lifestyle. When I was initially trying to lose weight I set my carb limit very low and it worked wonders but was hard to achieve long term. Eventually I upped the number of carbs I took in. The best part of a low carb diet is that you have to carb up once a week so I was able to eat the junk I craved without the guilt and, eventually, I chose healthier carbs to eat since I knew that I could have the junk food the following week if I wanted it. Cutting out sugar is pretty easy with the sugar free alternatives out there and I love flavored water so drinking water isn't as dull as it used to be.
• United States
8 Jun 08
I did not know that part! I will try it out.
@gemini_rose (16194)
14 Jun 08
I would rather lose weight as quickly as possible. I am probably actually the worst person to be commenting on dieting! I had a weight gain problem after the birth of my third child and ended up going from 9 stone to 13 stone. I gets pregnant for a 4th time and shot up to 14 stone within the first 20 weeks of it. By the time my daughter was 9 months old I had lost 6 stone and was weighing in at 8 stone. I could tell you a load of rubbish now and say "yeah I dieted and I did this and did that" but I am not like that. I lost my weight through illness and then the biggest, stress. I swear with stress the weight was falling off, and I mean falling off it was unreal. I was becoming ill though because I was underweight, and my clothes were falling off, I had gone down to between a 4 and a 6 in clothes. Now my daughter is 2, because of how bad the stress was I can hardly eat anything, my children eat more than me, I think I have told you before that most foods make me ill, that is a result of the stress. I have put some weight on now and I am now 8st 4lbs instead of 8stone and I am in size 8 clothes. I do watch what junk I eat though and I do not watch the calories I watch the fat intake, I allow myself so much fat a day. If you watch the fat etc the calories fall into line anyway.
@kun2349 (23475)
• Singapore
9 Jun 08
I will prefer it fast but it's not really possible.. SLow has got its advantages, depending on each individual's determination ^_^ FOr ple whom are impatient and wants a fast weight loss will often find that they will become bigger than wat they used to be initially.. It's because they get over confident and think that they can loss it fast.. And when they see results, they will think it's enough and thus they stopped everything.. My best weight lss tip will be thru running and jogging ^_^ THough the weight loss is quite slow, but the change is very noticeable ^_^
@AmbiePam (50090)
• United States
9 Jun 08
I've read a lot of studies that show you are right, the weight is gained back more often when it is lost quickly. I prefer to lose it somewhat slow, even if I feel like it takes me forever. Losing weight slowly will keep a person from having saggy skin when the weight loss is complete. I've heard of several people who had to get the extra skin surgically taken off because they lost the weight so quickly their skin had no time to 'shrink' back and get toned. Weight Watchers teaches it is best to lose 2 lbs. a week. I too am just gorging myself on fruits and vegetables. I'm eating a lot of tuna for protein, and because it is much better for me than a lot of other "meats." I drink so much water I sometimes feel waterlogged. I do take a fiber tablet (orange flavored) sometimes, because I feel that on occasion I just don't get enough fiber. I want to do everything possible to make myself healthier.
• China
9 Jun 08
i have the same experience as you, recently i have been going on diet and dancing every evening. i love eating,so i get weight very easy. during the last new year holiday i got 5kg. i like standing in front of mirror see my figur, i found my body has no curve. my face is uglier than before. then i told myself i must be loss my weight.i went on website to look for information about this.i find a regular about loss weight. in the week after manstruation. you will be able to loss weight fast. later will be slow. each breakfast and lunch i eat more and supper less or even eating nothing. keeping learn the belly dance for over one hour every night.it let me resume my curve. it's great.to stay in shape you have to keep good diet in all your life
• United States
9 Jun 08
Of course, I'd rather lose weight fast, but since my skin is a little slower keeping up, it's better to lose it slower. I've never been on a diet, other than my own made up plans. I find that exercise is my best plan. I never stay fat when I do cardio daily. My made up weight loss eatting habits, are horrible sometimes, but they do work. I could share a few but wouldn't want to inspire anyone with the ridiculous ones that I have used. I sometimes cut out all meat from my diet, as it is easy to use portabela mushrooms, eggplant, and things like that to make me feel like I ate a heavy meal. Then I just wait till it works. Within a few weeks, I start to thin a bit, and feel more like exercise. Sometimes I just don't eat chips (a huge problem, as I can eat nothing more in a whole day or 2). For me, it's a matter of finding the things that I go too far on and eleminate them a while. For instance, I haven't had a soda in 7 years. I eleminated chips for 6 months, but the minute I start, goodbye. If I sip a soda, it's because I'm dying of thirst, no instant craving. Fruits and vegies are key for all diets.
• United States
9 Jun 08
wow is this a discussion for me. I need to go on a diet!!!. Ive searched for diets and what i can and cant eat online.and i couldnt come up with nothing.. i would(even tho its bad) like to loose weight fast. i know thqat once i loose the weight i have to stick with that life style thats fine with me. its like. getting a new chance. if i could loose the weight and i was were i would like to be. i would do anything and everything to keep the weight off. my weight has caused me problems,and its not good not health wise just other ways.. so any tips everyone has on here i am surley ganna take them into mind:). I dont really have any good diet tips though:( sorry.
• Poland
9 Jun 08
I think that there are two major things you must do to lose weight. First you should eat healthy, no McDonalds, KFC, PizzaHuts etc. Second is... you should move. I prefer running couse I simply like it. If you want you can go swimming (it is great to lose weight! Especially in cold watter.) You can try red tee too. I know it sounds weird but it actually works. It won't make you lose weight all by itself but its blocking the fat recovery of your body. I know persons that really changed themselves with a red tea.
@cuteshe (126)
• Thailand
9 Jun 08
If you lose weight fast, that's very noticeable and your skin will sag so I think it's better with a slow weight loss. However in my experience, there was one time that I lost weight way too fast,not that I chose to diet but because I had my braces and I can't seem to eat solid food because of the pain.I was thankful for the weight loss though, now I'm beginning to get fat again, no more teethaches.
@bonbon664 (3470)
• Canada
9 Jun 08
In a perfect world, I would love to lose weight fast, and keep it off forever. The reality is though, I didn't get fat overnight, and I can't expect to lose overnight. I think by learning how to change habits is the key, not the latest, greatest fad diet. I don't even look at it as a diet, it's a lifestyle change.