You are absolutely right. I was stalling since late November despite working out 5x/wk and attending 2 spinning classes as well as swimming once/wk .. I just didn't lose weight and I'm at 33% BF (72 kg and 1,58 m tall).
Originally posted by ChipRGW
The best reason to slow down the weight loss is, that your body tries hard to maintain "status-quo", meaning that if you weigh, 200 lbs, your body wants to stay at 200 lbs. If it detects too rapid a weight loss, it will begin to take measures to hold on to that weight, like rapidly turning ANY excess calories into fat stores. The body begins to think it is starving and will take any measures to prevent that. Your metabolism will slow down, and for long term weight loss, that is BAD. It does seem kind of silly that your own body wouldn't know that what you were doing was good for it. But alas, the higher thinking part of your brain has no control over this. Unless you are very lucky, weight loss higher than 1 or 2 lbs/week will eventually stop and it will be even MORE difficult to stay on track to weight loss. The most effective weight loss is to convince your body to increase it's metabolic rate, which IS possible, but it takes a long time.