The End Of Your Diet Plan
Written by Sky Taylor, Diet Bites
The end of a diet plan can become tricky.
First, there is a fine line which generally separates a true diet plan from a normal daily diet which will fuel the post-dieter with the number of calories necessary to support their goal weight.
Secondly, on a restricted caloric plan, room is available in the daily energy totals to allow for loss of fat. However, as the gap closes - there becomes fewer and fewer calories (energy) to work with.
In turn, unlike the beginning and middle of the plan, weight loss results become smaller and smaller - and grow to a small crawl just before the goal weight is reached.
Think about this...
How many times have you heard someone say, "If only I could lose those last ten pounds" OR "Why are these last ten pounds so difficult to lose?"
100 - 200 Calories Separates 10 Pounds in Body Weight
Sad but so, between every ten pounds of weight - there are generally about 100 to 200 calories separating the gap. This Diet Bites link provides a great example. Let's put the situation in play based on the data chart which indicates the amount of energy necessary to support a particular weight.
Let's pretend that Emma needs to weigh 131 pounds. She currently weighs 140 pounds.
If she leads an inactive lifestyle her body will require 1,703 calories to be at 131 pounds. To be at her current weight of 140 pounds - she is consuming 1,820 calories.
Now let's do the math by using a bit of subtraction; we find that in order to be her goal number - she will need to consume only 117 calories less per day. That's a paltry amount; simply put - it's equal to about two plain rice cakes.
Even when we move up on the chart and elevate Emma's lifestyle to active, there will only be 153 tiny calories separating the gap.
Therefore, at the end of the diet the individual may feel quite crowded where energy supplies are concerned, finding that they must cut back even more in order to reach their set goal.
What else might a dieter feel towards the end of their plan?
1. In addition to experiencing a necessary decline in energy needs in order to be at ideal healthy weight, towards the end the individual may start to feel quite excited as they glide toward that magic number.
Here they are - on the verge of accomplishing everything that they set out to do. This is indeed a very joyous time and one that the individual should relish. They deserve to be proud; and if they can work to keep off those pounds permanently - then they'll have something even bigger to celebrate as time passes.
2. In addition, the individual may also experience a feeling of confusion because now, they have a new problem: Determining the amount of calories they need to maintain their new weight. They may also fear regaining the weight - or being able to resist binge eating once they discard their weight loss plan.
Generally, the dieter will gain back a bit of weight until they have the daily calories balanced so that the amount continues to support their goal weight. The dieter may even go back and forth SLIGHTLY on the scales during this phase, but with patience, the weight does normalize.
During this time it is vital that they keep weighing every single day because it just doesn't take long for all those lost pounds to find their way back home again. And they are a bit like vampires; they will never come into your house (body) unless they are invited (eaten).
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