Most people who have trouble losing weight and keeping it off will react to a new diet predictably.
“Been there. Done that. Didn’t work.” It seems losing weight for some is easy, but keeping the scale from tipping back is the bigger problem.
So, is there a secret to keeping the door shut forever to those extra pounds you’ve said goodbye to?
1. Fast Does Not Necessarily Mean Better
Unfortunately, those gone-in-60-seconds kind of diet will come back just as fast. Those quick-fix programs are unsuccessful because most are based on very-low-calorie diets.
These standard weight loss diets contain 500-1000 fewer calories than the maintenance diet. So when the regular diet kicks in, the weight kicks back.
Unless something else is tweaked other than the calorie count, the weight loss program fails to maintain the desired weight.
Find a diet that you can sustain for the long haul, and you’ll keep the weight that you want to maintain.
2. Metabolic Rate Adjustment Plays a Key Role
Merely eating less will not increase your metabolic rate. In fact, it does the opposite. With massive weight loss, the resting metabolic rate also decreases. What does this mean?
The chances for you to regain your weight is high unless you keep on scrimping on your food intake or you increase your physical activity. That brings us to the next factor that will keep the flab at bay.
3. Exercise Frequency Often Predicts Success
According to one study, the strongest predictor of keeping weight off is exercise frequency. And guess what predicted weight gain? Television viewing. If you simply can’t take your eyes off the screen, do yourself a favor.
Mount your television in front of your treadmill and chase away those pounds. Watching a full-length movie while walking is way better than eating an 800-calorie bag of chips and drinking a 140-calorie soda.
Now you know how that could add up. Learn how to balance your equation for a net weight gain of zero or less.
4. A Low-Fat Diet Is Not Always Healthy
Not all fats are created equal. Eating a low-fat diet may mean depriving yourself of the good fats that your body needs.
In the same article, findings revealed that food high in mono- and polyunsaturated fatty acids, like the Mediterranean diet, improved the LDL/HDL ratio and glycemic control profiles compared to a low-fat and Western diet of highly-palatable, calorie-dense, refined carbohydrates.
Why would you want your HDL or high-density lipoproteins to be high? Because these good guys carry those unwanted fats that tend to clog your blood vessels (causing atherosclerotic heart disease) away from the bloodstream towards the liver where it gets removed from the body through the bile.
So, don’t chase all the fats away. Keep extra virgin olive oil, oily fish like salmon and tuna in your menu. It’s good for your heart.
5. There Is No Short Cut to Sustainable Weight Loss
You make huge sacrifices to take off that massive amount of weight. You want to keep it that way. Does that mean sacrificing for the rest of your mortal life?
Fortunately, at Rose Canyon, we help you develop good healthy habits that won’t be a pain but will be a huge gain (not in excess pounds or kilos) for your body’s well-being.
We get down to the root cause of your problem and tailor your weight-loss program into something that fits you. Because looking and feeling great shouldn’t be a short-term experience but a lifelong one.
We Can Help
At Rose Canyon Health and Wellness, we don’t just treat your pain, but we treat you as a whole person.
We look at the overall picture and determine what contributes to your pain before we come up with any treatment plan. Contact us today!