I am somewhat of a yo-yo dieter. Meaning, that about every two years I have to go on a diet to lose about twenty pounds. Yes, it’s frustrating, but its just the way it goes, and I know what causes the weight gain, I know how to lose it, and at my age I’m just happy to be able to see my…shoes. However, over the years I’ve learned that when you tell others you are on a diet they will say one of three things, and I want to discuss them.
1-On that die you’ll lose the weight fast, but you’ll gain it right back.
Over 80% of people gain their weight back on ALL diets. Follow the plan and increase exercise as you reach your goal weight. Doctors say being overweight still outweighs the risks of yo-yoing
2-Don’t call it a diet, it’s a lifestyle change.
No, it’s a diet. You are changing your diet to include healthy foods and reduce or get rid of bad food. If you don’t eat less then you won’t lose weight. Call it eating crap, call it hell, call it a lifestyle change if you want, but follow the plan and you’ll be successful.
3-You just need to exercise and eat better.
No shit! But increasing exercise while dieting may actually work against you for weight loss. Donald Hensrud, M.D who is a preventive medical specialist at the Mayo Clinic says that reducing calories is the most effective way of losing weight. The key is to consume less calories than you burn. Cut 500 calories a day from your diet and you will shed a pound of fat in a week, far more quickly than trying to burn it off by exercising. Don’t believe me? Train for a marathon and see if you lose weight.
My point is this, if you want to lose weight then find a healthy plan, and get on it. If you stick with the plan then you will lose weight, and if you begin exercising while eating healthier you will keep it off.