When we spoke with dietitian, exercise physiologist and CEO of Be Fit Food, Kate Save, we didn’t expect rapid weight loss to go on the ‘must do’ list.
With over 17 years’ experience in the weight loss industry, Kate Save has had it with slow weight loss.
Speaking on Body+Soul’s daily podcast Healthy-ish, Save says that in her practice she’s noticed a trend that rapid weight loss where a lot of weight is lost, actually yields longer-lasting results than gradual weight loss of just a few kilograms – if done correctly.
“Between myself and my co-founder, we’ve seen twenty thousand patients for weight loss and this is a trend that we’ve noticed,” she tells host Felicity Harley on the Healthy-ish episode Apparently rapid weight loss can work.
“We’ve actually noticed that the people that get started actually get the health change. The people that talk about it, try and do it gradually and slowly – I feel bad after ten years, taking ten thousand dollars of them and their weight is the same as, you know, when they started.”
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Kate’s point is that weight loss must be attacked with a gung-ho attitude and rapid results. A slow, mediocre investment in it won’t be enough.
The science proves it
“The studies, particularly one that was done in Melbourne by Dr Joe Proietto, shows that the more weight you lose in the first six months of a weight loss journey, the more weight you keep off for two years.”
The study found that people who lost 13 kilos over six months kept 11 kilos off, while those who lost five kilos kept three off after two years. Not only that, but the people who kept the 11 kilos off showed sustained health improvement at the end of it.
“What’s more important about that, is the health change that is associated with the weight loss. If someone is to lose a small amount of weight, they don’t always improve their health. So what is the point of the weight loss without the health change?”
Losing a larger amount of weight promotes better overall health
Research into weight loss has shown the obvious overall health effects of carrying less weight.
Kate save says that rapid weight loss should focus on the longevity, quality of life and happiness that ultimately comes from being healthy. She says study participants showed this health benefit if they lost more weight in a small period of time.
“If it comes off the right areas of the abdominal area and, you know, it’s visceral fat that they’re losing, then not only do they feel better, but they actually they are healthier,” she says.
But how should you go about your rapid weight loss?
“I only believe in rapid weight loss with real food because otherwise it’s not a good habit forming,” explains Save.
So no – you certainly shouldn’t try fad diets to achieve rapid weight loss.
“It’s not good for the gut, it’s not good for the brain. That’s not good for the human being, because at the end of the day, we should be eating real food, fruit that comes from plants and some proteins and whatever else. But anything other than real food I would never endorse or recommend.”
“To me, the conversation’s not so much about their rapid weight loss. It’s about eating the right food that makes your body drop the weight that is hazardous and dangerous.”
There you go guys, the science has it!