Why losing 3-5 pounds per month instead of 10+ can be the answer to keeping your weight off

You can lose 10+ pounds per month just as you can lose less, that’s for sure, but…

the issue is not how much weight you can lose, the issue is how long can you keep that weight you lose.

Here’s why.

Let’s say you go through a 12-week diet where you do Intermittent Fasting (it can be keto, clean eating, or anything in between) and you want to lose 20 pounds in those weeks.

Is it possible? Absolutely.

Is it ideal for you? I don’t know.

And that’s the problem.

Whenever you try to lose a lot of weight in a short period, in most cases you end up gaining those same pounds you lost a couple of months later.

That puts you where you just started, and even worse.

Research has shown that whenever you gain weight after an unsuccessful diet (meaning, you gain your weight back), you actually become a little bit fatter every time.

Sure, the size of your adipose cells won’t likely change, but the number of cells will.

So now you have more fat cells in your body just from a little bit smaller size.

Don’t you think that it will be easier for your body to at some point just use those new cells and make them bigger (if you’d be to gain weight pretty fast, which sadly is the case for most)?…

That’s why I take a counterintuitive approach to all of this.

So I aim to lose at least half of the weight that “popular diets” and “many coaches” aim to give you, but…

that doesn’t mean I have to only lose that exact number.

Because you can end up losing more than 3–5 pounds a month… it all depends on where you’re starting.

Take my last diet as an example.

I was able to lose 27 pounds in 4 months because I first lost 12 pounds in 2 months and then 15 pounds 2 months after that (with a 2-month break… but that’s for another topic).

So yeah, it took me a total of 5–6 months to lose weight rather than 3, but the true beauty is that those pounds of fat are completely gone.

I don’t have to worry about losing them again because I haven’t gained them back (and it’s been a year since I did this).

So it all comes down to which option do you prefer:

  1. Go crazy low on calories and probably starve yourself, only to do it again a couple of months later as the approach was so aggressive you couldn’t keep the results and you have to now lose again those same pounds.
  2. Go more moderate on the approach (you sometimes can lose more weight in the end, but that wasn’t your target), but knowing it will be the last diet you’ll make to lose those pounds.

The decision is yours, but just to let you know…

when I did both periods to lose weight, I didn’t even feel like dieting at all.


Because I was still eating all the food I enjoy (pizza, burger, ice cream) and was able to spend quality time going out and eating with friends and family.

I didn’t have any anxiety about eating out as it could screw up my progress.

In fact, no one around me knew I was even losing weight (besides the visible results).

So the decision is yours, but make sure you choose what allows you to have that peace of mind than knowing that the next diet you make, is the last one you’ll need to lose those pounds.

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