Weight Loss

Why you shouldn’t try to rush your weight loss

Slow and steady wins the race!

It’s not always favourable to try and lose a heap of weight in a short space of time, as impatient as you may feel and want to hit your target.

Weight loss is generally a slow process and on the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge you can expect to lose around 4kg a months, which is a healthy weight loss pace.

After all, you are making a lifestyle change not embarking on a fad diet with food restrictions.

Reasons why you should try not to rush your weight loss…

It’s good to have an end goal or want to make a change and lead a healthier life but it’s important to remember your WHY for making this change.

However, it’s important you do it for the RIGHT reasons not the wrong ones.

1. You don’t make long-term changes

"Do you know what's better than any number on the scales? Confidence."

If you lose weight in a rush then try you run a risk of making quick changes, cutting out calories, over exercising and not making good quality long-term changes.

2. If you overexercise you could injure yourself

Pushing yourself too hard in the gym or exercising is not good for your muscles. It’s important they rest and repair after a workout. By overexercising you could risk injuring yourself and then you might not be able to exercise.

3. You may be cutting out food groups

The myth is that in order to lose weight, you should banish carbs but the truth is, you don’t need to cut out whole food groups in order to shed kilos. Everything in moderation and by making food swaps.

Read why carbs are not the enemy here.

4. You could be at risk of health issues

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If your body metabolises fat during rapid weight loss, it may cause your liver to secrete extra cholesterol into bile, which can cause gallstones.

Not only could you be at risk of gallbladder attacks, you may not by eating enough nutrients or could be susceptible to eating disorders.

5. You skin might not tighten up

How to prevent saggy loose skin during and after weight loss

If you don’t lose weight at a sustainable pace, you could be left with loose skin. The faster you lose weight, the less time your skin has to adjust to your new shape.

6. You’re more likely to fall off the wagon

Losing weight slowly, which is how the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge works, also means you are more likely to view your eating habits as a lifestyle change, rather than a diet.

This means you are more likely to stick to it which means you are more likely to keep the kilograms off in the future.

This mum has lost 25kg, proving taking it slow pays off

We’ve all heard the saying, ‘slow and steady wins the race’, and we’ve all rolled our eyes at least once when someone applies this to weight loss.

But as much as we don’t want to admit it, the saying couldn’t be more true. Doing things slowly gives you much more of a chance to form a habit that will last long term.

After having her first child, Kate joined the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge, started drinking the smoothies, and slowly lost 12kg.Soon after reaching her goal of 65kg , Kate fell pregnant with her second child.Why you shouldn’t try to rush your weight loss

Six months later…

Now six months postpartum, Kate has lost 13kg which has brought her down past her original goal weight! That is now a total weight loss of 25kg, confirming slowly and steady pays off.

“Before The Healthy Mummy I was unbelievably shy, I would barely leave my house or attend events. THM has helped me find a side of me that I never new existed,” Kate says.

Now going out and meeting new people, and even exercising in public, Kate is happy, healthy and most importantly confident in her own skin.

“I want my children to grow up being happy and healthy,” she says.

Also taking time out for yourself is detrimental to your health, Kate is focusing more on herself mentally so she can look after everyone else.

She says, “I am stressed very easily so will be finding ways to help myself in this area, possibly night time walks or runs once the kiss are in bed.”

Top 5 tips to stay on track:

1. Have realistic goals

One main goal (your goal weight/size), one or two monthly goals and one weekly goal. Make sure you have rewards for when you achieve these!

2. Put your goals where you can see them

Make a motivation board and write your favourite quotes where you can see them!

3. Make a plan

When will you exercise this week? When will you make dinner? What appointments do you have? Figure out your week so you don’t have to rush around.

4. Meal plan

Plan your meals, the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge app meal plan helps a lot with this! Customise it to suit you, change it around, write it down on your own meal plan so you can see it all the time.

5. Prepare

Make meals/snacks to freeze if you have a super busy week. Cut up veggie sticks for snacks, prepare your smoothie mixes, make some muffins, anything to make your week easier and to keep you on track.

This mum has lost 49kgs in 16 months: ‘Slow and steady wins the race’

Wow. This incredible mum has dropped nearly 50kgs in less than two years!However, Jessica says that losing weight is not a competition nor an overnight process, rather “slow and steady wins the race.”

Slow and steady

“The pic on the left was taken 5 months after I started my weight loss journey, I had lost about 20kgs* at that point,” says Jessica of her before photo above.

“Fast forward to now, 16 months following The Healthy Mummy and I’m down 49kgs* and a whole lot of centimetres.”

Are you ready to kick-start your weight loss?

Want to shift your weight but feel like you have NO TIME in your day to exercise and eat healthily?

That’s where the Healthy Mummy’s 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge can help.

What do you get? You get access to:

  • 28 days of at home exercise routines (no gym needed) – with video instruction
  • Customisable and breastfeeding friendly meal plans
  • Time-efficient exercises for busy mums – under 30 mins
  • Challenge combines Pilates exercises with interval and circuit training (HIIT)
  • Suitable for basic to advanced fitness levels.
  • Home to thousands of EASY-TO-MAKE recipes.

Find out more about joining the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge.