Dramatic weight loss: Help! No drama please.

Are you looking to achieve dramatic weight loss?

The phrase “dramatic weight loss” is used in 3 common situations. Firstly, it is banded around in the media, especially when a famous actor or actress appears publicly after losing a lot of weight. Another time we hear the phrase is when someone is seriously ill and loses a lot of weight. Lastly, there are the everyday people who get their act together and change their eating and exercise habits.


Can anyone achieve dramatic weight loss?

Everyone knows what to do, and how to go about losing weight, but it seems that most overweight or obese people are just stuck in the rut of daily bad habits. If you were to ask if they would prefer to be 20, 30 or even 50% lighter, they would answer that this would be great…. BUT….

  • They are too busy.
  • Its their hormones.
  • They cant afford it.
  • They have tried before and failed.
  • They are under too much stress.
  • They only go on a diet at New Year.

I have picked a few common excuses but there are many.

So, is dramatic weight loss a good thing? is it desirable? My view is that it can be, depending on the situation… But probably not.


Dramatic weight loss illustration. A girl relaxed doing yoga. No drama at all.

Dramatic weight loss? No thanks you can keep your drama.


Given the choice, I would tell you that weight loss is usually good… But you can keep your drama! I enjoy a good series or movie, but personal drama is now something that I try to avoid.


Why not go for steady, rewarding, satisfying weight loss?

Yes, it can be exciting losing weight and achieving your goals, and it can be disappointing and upsetting to realize that you have gained a lot of weight. But dramatic? Lets tone down the drama.

We want to try to control our minds so that we do not get “carried away” in our achievements or disappointments in relation to personal development. Life will invariably involve ups and downs, but do we want to be overly dramatic about it unless really necessary?

Getting into healthy routines, including eating nutritious foods and indulging in plenty of exercise will result in weight loss. This is not rocket science. But the feeling should involve a sense of purpose and conviction, with intermittent feelings of deep satisfaction.

Drama? No thanks… This is part of the problem.

It is the emotional dramatic side to our personalities that result in congratulating ourselves too early, or giving up after a few small obstacles.

Dramatic weight loss is also associated with yo yo dieting and over training. Way too much emotion and drama involved.

When you change your bad habits for good ones, the weight will fall off fairly quickly in the beginning, especially in the first few weeks. As you get used to your new life there will be plateaus or consolidation periods where you do not lose any weight at all.

That is no problem, someone looking for more dramatic weight loss might panic. Not me, I just give myself a pat on the back when I look back at how far I have come.

Later on in your journey there will be periods where your weight doesn’t change but your muscle to fat composition does. If you are eating well, and cranking up the exercise intensity you might even put on a little weight. If you are drama minded you might think that you are failing.

With a steady mind, you might monitor your body fat percentage and discover that during this period where you put on 5 pounds, your body fat percentage went from 18% to 12%. You are actually in far better shape, because you have looked at the bigger picture, not the drama.



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7 Responses to Dramatic weight loss: Help! No drama please.

  1. Shari April 10, 2013 at 5:30 am #

    I really like this. Drama isn’t helpful, know what I mean? Great advice, Jason.

  2. Fatloss Mental April 22, 2013 at 4:39 pm #

    Yes, limiting drama in all areas helps us become more balanced and think more clearly

  3. Sherry April 23, 2013 at 3:38 am #

    Ok, you are really speaking to me in this post! lol I have had some “dramatic loss” in the beginning of THIS journey and have no plateaued. I struggle from day to day whether to be ok with it or stressed with the fact that I’m doing everything I can and still not losing weight. Then I have to come back down to earth and remember that this is a lifestyle change I’m going to have to like it whether I lose or stay the same! At least I’m not gaining (wait) I did gain this week however 1 pound! But I am willing to bet it was muscle (or at least hope) Those who go for or even get dramatic weight loss (unless they were already skinny and just gave birth like the famous usually do) tend to gain it all back. Like I did the first time when I lost 90 lbs. I’ll take my lifestyle change and healthy living over dramatic loss any day!

    • Fatloss Mental April 23, 2013 at 10:58 am #

      Instead of calling it a plateau, start to call it a consolidation period. In the context of the rest of your life, a few months of consolidation is good…

  4. Jenn @comebackmomma April 23, 2013 at 4:27 am #

    I like the idea of slow and steady weight loss. Love that you said “gratifying” as well. There is no easy way to drop weight drastically that is safe.

  5. Carl Mason-Liebenberg April 23, 2013 at 4:06 pm #

    Slow and steady wins the race! Most of my clients experience an initail weight loss that is substantial due to shift in their nutrition and activitylevels. But after a few weeks of consistency, the weight loss pace slows and becomes sustained and sustainable. That when it is a lifestyle not a diet….and it nearly always lasts! 🙂

  6. Urban Paleo Chef April 23, 2013 at 7:19 pm #

    To be fair: it takes 10+ years to build up the huge amount of weight that most people have to lose. If they can shed that weight in 1-2 years, I would call that pretty dramatic, and hugely satisfying!
    I get the desire. When you change your mentality, and you’re really ready to be healthy, all that extra weight is a huge burden! But it’s a burden you’ve earned. And losing that weight will be a battle you’re going to have to fight, so you may as well win, and enjoy the process!!

    Thanks for the thought-provoking post Jason!