Written by Diet Bites
Think that losing weight was difficult? Then get ready for the final phase - weight maintenance. You'll be stuck in this spot until the hereafter because once you put down your veil - weight gain can return, and after all your hard work to lose those unhealthy pounds, that's the last thing you want to happen.
And they return quite slowly, quite craftily. Think about the situation like this; baby it's cold outside and the world is locked in Winter Wonderland; slowly the days began to grow warmer - and we can see some relief from the bitter cold. The trees are still naked, their leaves fanned about their trunks upon the still-frigid ground.
Then one day we walk outside because the sun is shinning so brightly in the sky, hinged with puffy white clouds and we start to dig-up a nice little patch in the yard for our spring garden. Whew, after all this digging, it's getting hot so we stretch our backs which has been too-warmed by the sun, and we walk over to stand beneath the shade of the old oak tree.
Shade? We gaze upwards and see leaves. When did they get there? Only a short time back, the limbs were empty and here they are, full of leaves and singing birds - and on that note, don't look up too long.
It seems as if the leaves suddenly popped onto the limbs of the trees, doesn't it? This is like gaining weight. We start with a thinner body frame - which is representative of the limbs or branches of the tree. The tree itself represents our body. We are at our recommended weight - and we worked so hard to get there.
Yet, all around us we have a cold feeling; we sorta miss that warm and cozy comfort of our former foods. And by golly, we lost all those unwanted pounds - and it's time to celebrate with a special-something.....like fully-loaded pizza and raspberry cheesecake dipped in dark chocolate; in fact - that dark chocolate is quite healthy for the heart so we're not going to worry about how much of it we consume amid our celebratory moment.
The following day arrives and we're feeling just a tab warmer, the embers of the pizza and cheesecake still playing through our short-term memories. And today we do so well on our meal plates, and we choose wise snacks for snack times.
That evening, we are invited to the movies to view a funny chick flick and once we get there, everyone in the group is ordering hot buttered popcorn, and good grief - does it smell great. Not wanting to be the odd woman out, we do the same - and we ask for extra butter. After all, it's just popcorn and it's just 'this one time'. We'll be good tomorrow.
Two weeks later, we're still struggling to get back on track with weight maintenance and find it more difficult that losing weight ever had been! It's because we're not overweight anymore and we feel like we have room to add foods into our daily menus. It's also because it's difficult having so much newfound freedom. Before, we had a weight loss plan; we ate this food at this time of day, we did our activity at that time of day and so forth. Pretty much, everything was set in stone. Not anymore.
We go to the closet and pull out that brand new summer dress that we purchased after losing all of those unhealthy pounds. Whoops, it doesn't fit right; we've suddenly sprouted those unsightly bat wings again; and what's this puffy stuff at the tops of our legs and why is our cellulite looking so dimpled again, and where did this muffin top come from - and how did those old love handles find their way back again?
We run to the bathroom scales and let out a shriek, discovering that we've gained ten pounds of that lost weight back. It found us. Just like the leaves that suddenly sprouted on the old oak tree - we've sprouted unwanted pounds.
Now what do we do? Keep that warm and fuzzy feeling along with our love handles, bat wings, dimpled cellulite, muffin top and puffy stuff? Or get right back on track with our weight maintenance plan? It's a life-time affair and it won't go away. This is why almost 100% of weight loss plans fail with dieters running back to their former diet. It's difficult to break habits - but it can be done. Many dieter march forward, embracing their thinner self and never looking back. They know that the moment that they do, they just may end up like good old Sally Lot, turning into a pillar of salt - and every good dieter knows how bloating salt can be.
Work hard - don't look back. You can still feel warm and cozy with your new,healthier diet plan. Occupy your thoughts elsewhere - keep them off of food. Continue with your activity plan and those healthy rewards will overfill your life in a positive 'weigh'.