Losing weight is hard, but the biggest battle is keeping it off. So why is weight maintenance so difficult?
One of the main reasons you hear is a drop in metabolism.It’s true but it doesn’t reveal the whole picture.
Here are the top four reasons you regain weight and how to prevent it.
WE ALL WANT A QUICK FIX
We’ve come to expect everything quickly. We want instant success in everything we do and all our wants and needs to be fulfilled in no time or without delay.
However, weight loss is anything but immediate. Whether you continually count calories, avoid carbs or whatever the diet demands, you may get rapid results in the short-term (which is a big motivator for people), but then you need strategies to move into long-term patterns.
The bitter reality is the human body will continue to fight against weight loss long after dieting has stopped.
The fix: A better approach is to look for positive lifestyle changes which allow you to adapt to new healthy habits instead of looking for a quick-fix, making it less likely that you will revert to old ways.
MENTAL LAPSES AFTER WEIGHT LOSS
Weight loss is a journey that requires a lot of mental preparation and sacrifice. Once they reach their goal weight, the “diet” is over and they go back to their previous eating habits and lifestyle.
This is supported by the fact that the body re-calibrates its metabolism as the weight drops, however the effort required to maintaining new eating habits are often difficult to sustain.
The fix: The strict-diet mentality needs to stop. Change your mindsets from “weight conscious” to “health conscious”.
When you decide to give up a favourite food, it’s the only thing you can think about,noticed that? This restrictive thinking means guaranteed defeat.
For many, “diet” means a set amount of time during which you must exercise superhuman willpower to resist temptation and overwhelming hunger at the end of which you can finally reward yourself with junk food binge.
“Regaining weight has little to do with poor self-control. Our bodies are primed to fight against weight loss. You can ignore hunger cues for a time, but they will persist for much longer than your willpower,” adds Crowe.
The fix: Identify your triggers to overeat: stress, fatigue, boredom, skipping meals — and build “non-food” strategies, such as go for a walk, call a friend, or take a bath instead, rather than relying on willpower.