It’s time for me to cycle my weight down again for the umpteenth time in my life and I’m wondering. If the vast majority of people who diet fast or slow are going to gain the weight back anyway why not lose it faster with a very strict diet that blows the weight off? I could understand the “slow is better, starving is very bad” approach if it had some real lasting effect of being able to keep the weight off longer, but it doesn’t, not really.
Whether you lost it fast or slow real world it’s all coming back again like a freight train when you get bored, or fall off the wagon and begin stress eating again etc., so why not get it off more quickly vs more slowly? The health benefits of not carrying a big load of fat around would (I think) be more profound than the discomfort or risks of a fast loss, low calorie diet.