Losing weight is hard work, but keeping the weight off is even harder.
1,000 Pounds of Weight Gain!
Take Claudia Hallblom of the Los Angeles area. By her own estimation, she has lost and regained about 1,000 pounds in her 39 years.
Like many of us, Claudia’s success at weight loss was generally motivated by a specific goal – a wedding, a graduation or other event.
To lose the weight, Claudia would get focused and go on a strict diet – counting calories and closely watching what she ate. She would lose reach her goal, but then after the event, the weight would just come back on.
As a doctor, we can see two reasons why this happens, and two things you can do about it.
2 Reasons Why We Have Weight Gain Rebound
First, when you lose weight, you need to take in 8 calories less per pound lost to maintain your new figure. That doesn’t sound like much, but that means 320 calories less per day for 40 lbs lost.
Second, your cravings for food become more intense because the hormones in your body are out-of-balance from the weight loss. Reduced levels of leptin and increased levels of ghrelin leave you with more appetite and more desire. Ugh! <Read more in full article>
So after losing weight, you need to eat less, but actually feel hungrier all day long.
A 95% Failure Rate
Keeping the weight off is a battle of the mind against your hormones and metabolism – both of which want to put the weight back on.
Paul MacLean, associate professor of medicine at the University of Colorado, Denver, finds that only ” 5% to 10% of people are successful at keeping weight off on a long-term basis.”
Dr. Ken Fujioka, director of nutrition and metabolic research at the Scripps Clinic in San Diego adds: “You lose 10% of your body weight. All of a sudden all these systems kick in to try to keep you from losing weight. . . . You are hungry all the time. You think about food all the time.”
Very discouraging, to say the least!
2 Tools to Help Beat the Odds
But there are two tools to help you overcome…
First – and no surprise to most of you – is exercise.
Exercise buffers the body against regaining weight, in ways that researchers of the physical body are just starting to comprehend. “Everyone thinks exercise is about burning calories,” Dr. Fujioka says. “But you are actually returning the system to more like what it should be.”
Second – and a much easier way – is the re-training of old habits through therapies developed by decades of research of the mind and its influence on the physical body.
Leading research psychologist Dr. Patrick Porter says “The most powerful force within our bodies resides in our minds. This has been the source of all great achievement throughout mankind and is the single most effective tool to support lasting weight loss.”
Join the Winning Team!
So, the next time you work on losing your way up to 1,000 pounds, remember that it doesn’t have to be so.
In fact, you may want to set your goal to join the National Weight Control Registry – an honor roll of those who lose 30+ pounds and keep it off for at least one year.
And, if we can help in any way to reach that goal, we are delighted to do so. Sign up for a complimentary doctor consultation to get started today.