You should be aware that all of the diets seen in the media (i.e., magazines, TV, radio, internet, etc.) are designed to help you lose weight in the short-term. Most people who try any diet do lose weight. But the problem is keeping the weight off long-term. Most people will gain the lost weight and may even gain more weight. Why? When you reduce caloric consumption without exercising, your body's resting metabolic rate tends to slow down. In essence, this is your body's survival mechanism when food becomes scarce. Your body "learns" how to survive by becoming more adept at storing more fat for energy when less food is eaten. In the absence of exercise, muscle is no longer needed, and your body gains more fat. When you step on the scale, yes you'll notice that you've lost weight, but the weight lost is primarily due to muscle loss. This is where the "skinny fat" body syndrome occurs. Yes, you'll look skinny but your bodyfat has increased because you've lost muscle mass. So what? What's the problem? The problem is with less muscle on your body, you'll become less strong, more frail, and your body's resting metabolic rate will continue to decline.
Okay. So dieting plus exercise is recommended, right? Yes! The healthiest way to lose weight and keep it off is to modify your diet but also be physically active long-term. Weight training is highly recommended when following a weight-loss diet because it is this kind of exercise that will help to preserve your muscle mass. Think of the process as a healthy lifestyle behavior. If you change a behavior (i.e., decrease caloric intake, increase exercise frequency, etc.), your body will change (i.e., lose weight) as a result. But for the change to be more permanent, you will need to commit to the change indefinitely. Yes, your body will eventually adapt to any change brought on it--in which case another change is needed. But the point here is that you must change a certain behavior or begin a new habit (i.e., daily walking) for the long-term in order for your body to make a lasting change (i.e., permanent weight loss). It is this long-term lifestyle behavior change that most people are not successful at accomplishing.
Here are some tips on how to become more successful at maintaining weight loss over the long-term:
Bottom line: Maintaining healthy weight loss is not easy but it can be done by having an eating and workout plan that's realistic and that you can follow for the long-term.
Brian Danley, CFT
"Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going."
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I'm a personal trainer who loves to help others fulfill their health and fitness goals. I consider myself a bodybuilder in that I live the lifestyle of eating healthy food, working out regularly, and sculpting my body.