On the one hand, I’m a pretty big fan of rapid weight loss. I lived it. During my season of Biggest Loser I managed to hit my weight loss goals in six months, and then spend the next few months losing an unhealthy amount of extra weight to try and win a bunch of money. Yeah …
Anyway, I tend to land on the side of the argument that says rapid weight loss done through exercise and healthy eating is a good thing. I certainly didn’t have any negative health side effects.
But there is a downside.
I actually told someone recently that weight loss is easy, keeping it off is hard. They thought I was crazy, kept telling me it’s NOT easy. But here’s the thing: I know it’s physically possible for me to drop 60 pounds in one month. Because I did it. I lost 100 pounds in the first three months. And not just when I was morbidly obese – the final month before the finale, when I was already under the weight the doctors wanted me, I managed to drop another 30 pounds. I know for a fact that whatever my weight is, if I exercise ten hours a week and eat between 1800-2100 calories a day, regardless of how heavy or thin I am, I will consistently lose at least five pounds a week.
So now I’m obnoxiously overconfident and overweight again. Because I always put off the dieting because part of me rationalizes that I can lose the weight I need to lose in a pretty short span of time. Part of me knows it’s physically possible for me to be at my finale weight by this summer. Which makes it easy to put off ‘for a few more days.’
But there’s one detail missing: the enormous accountability of a massive television audience and the potential to win a massive cash prize. Take away those incentives, and I just never manage to pull off that ten hours a week of exercise. Who has that kind of time?
I think I’m finally learning to rethink my own expectations and set more realistic goals for myself. I need patience, and ultimately, to have a more long term focus than just shooting for the end of a contest. And I need to wake up: weight loss is HARD. And that’s the real reason I’ve kept putting it off.