Why are our weight loss efforts doomed?
Many people struggle to lose weight in a bid to either stay healthy or to appear more attractive. Of course, uncontrollable weight gain is associated with many health issues, including obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes and heart attack among other conditions. Well, there are many ways to shed extra pounds, but the bigger question is can we maintain our new weight? The truth is that in many people, the euphoria that comes with achieving their dream weight is often short lived because of their inability to maintain it.
Researchers from the University of Florida in Gainesville conducted a study on how long it was possible to maintain weight loss and their findings were not optimistic. The researchers led by Kathryn Ross, who is an assistant professor at the University of Florida College of Public Health and Health Professions hypnotized the conventional assumption that after a significant weight loss, there is a period of weight maintenance after which the person starts putting on weight again.
Even though the working hypothesis of Ross and her team was not verified, they proceeded with their research which was conducted on 75 participants who had completed a 12-week, internet-based weight loss program and shed about 5.7 kilograms of weight averagely. The scientists then found out that approximately 77 days from the beginning of the study, the participants started experiencing weight gain, putting on about 0.07kilograms on a weekly basis.
From this study, it was unclear why the participants started regaining weight so soon after the weight loss program. Nevertheless, according to many fitness experts, you are likely to start gaining weight after a weight loss program for the following reasons;
Although it is imperative to adjust your diet in a bid to maintain a healthy weight, you need to do it objectively and with caution. The truth is that some diets, especially those that restrict an entire food group are difficult to sustain in the long run. The human brain is complicated and as soon as you restrict something, the body might just start to crave for it. This could therefore result in an end of the diet plan, thereby making it possible for you to start gaining weight again.
A sedentary lifestyle
Most people easily gain weight after a weight loss program because of their lifestyle. A lot of people spend so much time in their cars, TV and computers and are therefore forced to sit for hours at a time without being active. Well, successful weight losers control the amount of time they spend watching TV and they constantly look for ways to stay active throughout the day.
Aside from avoiding a sedentary lifestyle, exercise is also crucial for successful weight loss as well as weight maintenance. According to the American College of Sports Medicine, consistent physical activity is important after a weight loss and the more of it, the better for the person. However, it should be noted that different individuals need different amounts of exercise based on a number of factors, including gender, weight, fitness level as well as genetic composition. That said, the standard amount of exercise for weight loss is 225 to 420 minutes of moderately vigorous exercise per week. Meanwhile, 150 to 250 minutes of moderately vigorous exercise per week is recommended to prevent weight gain.
Now, it is apparent that even though a weight loss program can help you shed weight, it isn’t enough to help you maintain your new weight. However, changes in lifestyle and diets, coupled with consistent exercises will help you maintain a healthy weight.
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