Chapter 2: Why People Gain Back the Lost Weight
Losing weight is difficult, but maintaining the weight is more difficult than that! After all, when your pant size stops shrinking and the compliments come frequently, just one more cookie doesn’t seem like a big deal. After the success of your attempt at losing weight, you start thinking it’s not all that difficult and you can do it anytime at your will.
You start feeling overconfident about your weight loss strategy and believe you are the master of your own body. Losing weight doesn’t seem to be as great a challenge as it used to be, and that’s where the journey of faltering with your weight begins…
Here are some key habits that can make you gain back the lost weight
Avoiding the Scale
We are not exactly fans of judging our health by checking the pounds. After initial success with your weight loss efforts, you don’t find it important to keep a check on your weight. We often give a miss to the weighing scale. As we avoid keeping tabs on how our body is changing, it become easier for those extra pounds to creep into your body and get out of control before you realize that it’s happening.
So, never avoid stepping on the scale! Slip on your skinny jeans once in a while or run a measuring tape around your waist to keep a check on your weight. Browsing through your selfies from time to time can also help you get alarmed about the weight you have regained
Emotional eating is common to all. Once you’ve lost a few pounds, it can be hard to ignore the temptation to binge eat. Initially, it happens less often and then goes on to become a daily routine, and the faster it happens, the faster you gain back the weight you lost. This is bound to put you back at the same point on the weighing scale that you started from!
There exists a typical yo-yo pattern of dieting in people trying to lose weight. It simply means periods of overeating and crash dieting that keep following each other turn by turn. It is often a result of a diet that’s too restrictive. It arises from the desperation for quick results. However, it puts you back to your normal high-calorie diet quickly since the body is not used to eating so little and sends desperate signals to the brain compelling a person to overeat.
People who follow a very low-calorie diet tend to regain significantly more weight than those who opt for a more forgiving plan. Hence, experts advise people to start with a sensible diet program that is not too low on calories to give the body some time to adjust with the lower quota of daily calories.
Skipping the Gym
Our body is either gaining or losing muscles depending on how much and what kind of physical activities we perform. So, hitting your weight-loss target is not an excuse to forgo your exercise routine. Exercising regularly can regulate the hormones that control your appetite, making it easier for you to resist impulsive binging. Regular exercises also boost the metabolism of the body. This improves the rate at which calories are burnt, thereby stabilizing your weight.
Shedding pounds is necessary, but it should not become your favorite pastime, something that you start doing when you like and then stop doing when you think it’s no longer needed. Make it a continued effort and include it as a habit or a part of your daily routine so that you keep your weight stable.
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