An unknown fact is that after losing those extra pounds while dieting, 80% of dieters gain back the weight lost, according to an estimate by a recent investigation performed in United States. You might even know someone who suffered for months to lose weight and after rejoicing in winning the battle, slowly sees the weigh scale go back up.
There are some reasons for this phenomenon, as we will share with you below. The good news is that this ‘bounce back’ isn’t a rule and doesn’t always occur, especially if that happy “ending” from losing weight is due to learning good habits and maintaining them.
Most of the time, the reasons that we tend to gain weight after losing weight is directly related to the types of foods we are eating. Many diet plans are often low in nutritional value; bad quality fats, few vitamins and nutrients that can help us lose weight temporarily, because we are basically not eating anything. Once we return to our old eating habits, our body will not be pleased with this change and will not offer any long-term benefits. These types of diets are purely aesthetic and numbers above are proof of this because they are so difficult to maintain.
Due to the lack of nutrients that our body needs, it will act out by causing your body to gain a couple more pounds. Studies have discovered that a hormone called leptin, sends a message to our brain telling us that we are full and a hormone called ghrelin, which does exactly the opposite, telling our body that we are starving. While dieting, these hormones become unbalanced, which is why we tend to feel hungrier after dieting than before.
In this case, we are going to share with you some suggestions to help keep your weight down, after all it took a lot of effort to lose those pounds, and advice to prevent you from starting a new battle with the scale.
First of all, before even beginning your diet, consult with a nutritionist to help create a diet plan that is appropriate for your health conditions and tastes. Overall, they will make sure that all of the required nutrients are provided for in order for proper bodily functions. It isn’t necessary to give up all fats and carbohydrates but you will need to stop eating bad fats and foods that have lots of sugar. For example, olive oil is an excellent fat and to erase it from your diet would be sad.
With the correct amount of fats and lipids in your diet for energy, plus proteins and vitamins and including fibers, your body will always have enough energy to get up and out of bed each morning and to exercise.
Food isn’t the only thing that matters
Here is one of the main points. By only changing your eating habits, you can lose weight but keeping that weight off and not gaining it all back, it is necessary to have a well-thought-out exercise routine. Jogging, cycling or swimming, are all excellent choices for burning those extra calories and moving your muscles and joints. The gym can help you out too, as it will tone those muscles and help to improve your posture. Dancing, yoga, playing football, tennis or any other type of sports, it doesn’t matter which, the important thing is to get your body moving.
As you have read in this article, starving yourself and living on a few calories is not a good strategy if you want to lose weight for more than a day. Plus, it will not be beneficial for your body, long-term, because you are going to gain it all back faster than you lost it. The best option is do a complete makeover of your eating habits by educating yourself as what to eat, so you can have all the nutrients your body needs and by exercising. This will help you maintain your ideal weight and improve your body’s resistance, flexibility and overall wellbeing.