What To Do When You Regain Lost Weight
Weight gain after a diet is a common problem, so you’re far from alone if you have worked hard to lose weight only to have it creep back on months or years later. Following is some insight into why it’s so easy to regain lost weight after dieting and what can be done to avoid this pitfall in the future.
Common Reasons for Regaining Lost Weight
There are several reasons why many people regain lost weight.
- Stress can cause weight gain as it releases a hormone that slows down your metabolism.
- Eating too many fatty foods, failing to get enough protein or relying too heavily on processed foods can also bring about weight gain.
- Failing to get enough exercise every week and/or spending too much time sitting down at a desk job can also make it easy to regain lost weight.
Lifestyle changes can also bring about weight gain. A change in careers, getting married and having kids all impact diet, sleep and exercise habits. It’s easy to avoid noticing the weight gain if you are busy with a new career, new family and/or other new responsibilities and many people don’t notice a change in sizes until a few months down the line. Taking certain types of medications can also interfere with weight loss, making it easy to regain unwanted pounds.
Effective Solutions to the Problem
The single most effective way to lose weight and keep it off permanently is to make permanent lifestyle changes instead of relying on fad diets to keep unwanted weight at bay. A healthy diet that is both nutritious and realistic will enable you to steadily lose weight and keep it off. Making time to exercise at least three to five days a week will boost your metabolism while helping you meet your weight loss goals. Examining your lifestyle and looking for ways to reduce stress will prevent unwanted weight from creeping back on; it also reduces the urge to grab unhealthy snacks more often than you should.
It is also imperative to examine your healthy lifestyle commitments if personal circumstances change. You may need to adjust your cooking and eating habits, shopping habits and/or exercise routine in order to maintain a healthy lifestyle while still attending to work, study and/or family responsibilities.
Yo-yo dieting, also known as weight cycling, is the term used to describe the cycle of losing weight after a diet, gaining it back, dieting again to lose weight and then gaining more back. It affects people of all ages and walks of life, causing loss of self-esteem, extreme discouragement and even health problems. However, the good news is that yo-yo dieting does not have to prevent you from losing weight and keeping it off; in fact, a person on a yo-yo diet should be able to lose pounds just as easily as a person who is starting a weight loss plan for the first time.
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