Losing Weight VS Maintaining Weight can be a challenge, so if you trimmed off a couple of pounds in 2018, here is why this is so different.
Anyone who has ever been on a ‘diet’ knows that losing weight is hard, but maintaining weight loss is harder and here is why.
- Weight loss plan is easier as it is short term, for most people weight loss diet is only 4-6 months long
- Negative energy balance makes you lose weight, but keeping it off means being flexible, matching your calories to your intake, and it’s so much more complex!
- Short term diets reward you with success, long term, ‘success’ is hard to measure, so basically most of us think of it as not rewarding
- Long term weight maintenance means more activity. Most dieters restrict activity because of the calorie intake, but long term this will translate into less success. So the calorie restriction stops, the exercise piece is first starting!
- Weight regain is faster on some diets vs others. Those who ate 65%fat/15% protein/20% carbs regained the fastest; those who at 55% fat /25% protein/20% carbs regained the slowest.
- Although one size may not exactly fit all here’s what, based on research, is most likely to help you keep weight off: Eating breakfast every day- 78% keep weight off if they do this! Having High levels of volitional physical activity: 1 hour a day, Reduced fat intake- 24% of calories from fat, Self monitoring of dietary intake and activity, and weight at least once a week, Although not completely healthy, those who used low or no calorie sweeteners did keep their weight off better and Limiting TV viewing – 62% watched <10hrs/week
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