It’s no secret that weight struggles can be extremely challenging. Aside from the self-esteem issues they bring with them, it can prove incredibly taxing to get rid of the excess weight.
Once you have gotten rid of it, it’s a wholly new struggle to keep it that way. Weight loss is an uphill fight, especially since research shows that people who have lost weight still need to consume less than people in the same weight class who have not needed to slim down.
This is because, unfortunately, weight loss is not entirely a matter of willpower. Your body gets used to being a certain weight, and once you’ve slimmed down, various biological systems will try to push it back towards that original weight.
Don’t lose heart, as it is entirely possible to not only get rid of excess weight, but to maintain that loss as well. Let’s have a look at how this can be achieved.
Don’t get fooled by quick-fix diets
There’s a simple reason why quick-fix and fad diets rarely work in the long run. These diets do nothing to counteract the bad eating and exercise habits you’ve picked up over the course of your life. It’s only too easy for people to fall back into those habits after losing weight.
Instead of impulsively following the latest fad, it’s important to make long-term changes to your diet and lifestyle if you’re to have any hope of keeping the weight off.
Low calorie eating
The first place you’re going to need make changes is your diet. Weight loss experts have long maintained that a proper diet is even more important than exercise when it comes to shedding the pounds. Why? Well, there’s a limit to how many calories you can burn in a day. If you then proceed to consume more than you should, you’re just going to gain all those calories back, so it’s vital to stick to a high protein and low fat diet. The protein should make your stomach feel full quicker and keep you from snacking or eating junk foods.
Building up your levels of physical activity can do wonders for losing weight. The more you move, the more you stop your body from returning to its initial size. Step up your exercise routine, so if you’ve already been walking or swimming, increase the time you spend on those activities.
Exercise does more than just burn rogue calories away. Remember those biological systems we talked about in the introduction? Well, an active lifestyle can urge them to come over to your side. Exercise can stimulate hormones like adiponectin and epinephrine to reduce the fat stores in your body, and these hormones remain in circulation in the body for a whole day after you exercise! And then there’s the whole psychological aspect to it too: active people feel better about themselves and make better diet choices. It’s a virtuous cycle.
If all else fails…
Of course, as we said earlier, weight loss can be an extremely challenging struggle to master. The effects of eating well and working out differ from person to person, so two people following the exact same diet plan and exercise routine may actually experience wildly different results. If it remains too difficult to lose weight using traditional methods, you might want to considertechniques like a tummy tuck as an alternative instead.
There is a variety of weight loss or bariatric surgical options available nowadays, but it’s important that you go through the pros and cons of these in detail before going under the knife. And don’t forget that patients still have to look after their diets following the surgery. If you opt for plastic surgery, remember to follow your doctor’s aftercare advice.