Avoid the trap
Once you’ve decided
it’s time to go on a weight loss diet, it’s panic time! The first instinct
is often: get the weight off as quickly as possible! No wonder there are so
many get-thin-quick schemes. But quick weight loss is one of the first traps
that lead to gaining the weight right back. Here’s what you can do to avoid
Drink and be Merry!
Eat - If you want to keep off the weight you’re working so hard to lose,
then be patient and let the right diet work for you. The optimal rate of
weight loss is no more than 1 to 2 pounds a week for most people. The
miraculous stories of rapid weight loss are the results of water loss -
big deal! Drink a glass of water and the weight is back on.
Five reasons why
"eating" helps you lose weight
The key predictor of weight gain
is a low metabolic rate
Reason 1 -
The goal is to lose body fat, not water and muscle. Eating the right amount
of food helps to protect your body from losing muscle mass. The slower you
lose weight, the greater percentage of body fat loss. The faster you lose,
the more you muscle you lose. Which brings us to reason #2
Reason 2 -
You don’t have to starve to maintain your new weight! Eating
helps maintain your metabolism at a higher rate. (Metabolism is the rate at
which your body burns calories). Because lean muscle mass takes more
energy to maintain it and fat is much less active (it’s like a storage
unit for energy), when you preserve lean muscle mass by eating enough food,
your body needs more calories to function. This means: a lean, muscular body
with less fat (the new you) needs more calories to maintain it weight
compared to someone who loses weight rapidly. So now, you don’t have to
starve to maintain your new weight.... you have arrived and will be more
likely to stay at your goal because you ate!
Eating gives you the energy
you need to lose weight successfully
Reason 3 -
Eating enough calories while you lose weight gives you “staying power”.
It makes sense: it's much harder to stay on a
very low calorie diet long enough to lose the weight you want. Being hungry
is o.k.. Feeling deprived and starved is not. And, did you know that very
low calorie diets are associated with an increase in “binge” eating?
Definitely not a good outcome.
Reason 4 -
When you eat enough food, you will have more energy to burn off the calories
through physical activity. Too many
times, I have heard from people who feel
tired all the time because they are trying to eat too few calories. They
don’t have the energy to get through the day, much less do extra exercise
to build lean body mass and burn fat. This happens especially in women who
are exercising a lot and cutting calories at the same time - it multiplies
the effect of too few calories.
Reason 5 -
This last reason is quite simple: if you don’t eat enough food, you
won’t get the nutrition you need to stay healthy. One of the two main
reasons people want to lose weight is to get healthier and to look better.
People who are not eating enough simply don’t look well because they
aren’t as healthy as they need to be. Healthy people have better looking
skin, hair and teeth, and overall their higher energy level is much more
attractive than someone dragging around. So fast weight loss really
doesn’t accomplish either the goal of looking or feeling better over the
the right amount of calories for you?
Your Personal Diet
gives you a diet with the right amount of calories to
lose weight safely and to optimize your body composition - losing more fat and
less muscle. This is absolutely key to making you successful at staying at
your new lower weight. Your weight loss calories are determined based upon
your age, physical activity, sex, height, current weight, and special needs.
If and when you need an adjustment, we will do that as part of your plan. And,
when you reach your goal weight, we’ll help you determine your maintenance
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