An issue researchers are finding with rapid weight loss is that a person’s resting metabolic rate actually decreases. One reason may be that muscle is broken down for energy therefore the person loses lean body mass, but there may be other reasons as well.
In the past few years, the National Institute of Health has begun to examine the weight regain experienced by many “Biggest Loser” participants. Many participants continue to exercise and eat healthily when they return home, however they experience weight gain. Researchers are seeing the participants’ resting metabolic rates may decrease due to the rapid weight loss experienced while on the show.
We live in a society of instant gratification. We do not want to have to continue to work at a nice slow and consistent rate to obtain what we want. However, if you are in the weight loss game, this is what I would recommend. Decrease your intake by 200-300 calories per day and increase your exercise to about 20-30 minutes per day and you should see some steady weight loss that actually stays. Hey, one pound per week is 52 pounds in a year.