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Does Dieting Ever End?
We don't enjoy being the bearer of bad news, but no. Dieting will never end. Sorry. I know; here is a clean tissue.
Eating Addictions Never Go Away Totally
Why so? Because once an individual has become overweight or obese, they have an eating addiction. This addiction tends to follow them for the remainder of their life. Now this doesn't mean that an individual with an eating addiction can't lose weight and keep it off for the remainder of their life.
In fact, I'm living proof. I lost about half of my body weight going on twenty years ago and I've kept it off. However, I know that I have an eating addiction - and I know that I have to exercise control. It's just too easy to let loose, to eat as much as one wants of the foods and drinks they love - and to regain the weight.
And once someone has been overweight, it's much easier to regain the weight.
And if you think about it, EVERYONE on earth is on a daily diet. It's generally restricted in some form or fashion. For example, if someone has health issues, they may have to resist certain foods. If they have an allergy to some foods - such as peanuts or strawberries, these foods must be avoided. Even when one is overweight, they have a restricted diet. They choose to restrict the healthy foods and beverages from their daily eating plan - opting to eat unhealthier foods. No - not always, but much of the time this applies.
Weight gain isn't a sole product of eating unhealthy foods - rather consuming more calories [energy] than the body needs.
Weight Maintenance Phase of Dieting
Increasing Calories After Restricted Diet Plan
The good news is that after you lose the excess fat - you will enter the Weight Maintenance Phase of your diet. If you were restricting calories for fat reduction purposes, you can now increase your calorie intake a bit. In some cases, you may be able to increase it a lot!
Exercise Supports Healthy Body Weight
If you continue to exercise and strengthen those muscles, you'll even be able to eat more because it takes more calories to support muscle than fat - and we all have fat, even thin people.
Improved Health After Weight Loss
There is an old saying, "You can't have your cake and eat it too." This aptly applies to this period in your life. You have accomplished a great feat - losing the excess body fat. Your health improved, as well as your mental outlook, your confidence, and perhaps your pocketbook. Food and drink aren't cheap.
These accomplishments represent your 'cake'.
If you return to 'your pre-dieting ways' you know that you'll quickly regain the weight. So you simply cannot have your cake and eat it too.
Tips for Maintaining Recommended Body Weight After Restricted Diet Ends
Some things you can do to make life a little easier for you are:
- remember what you learned while losing weight and never forget those important lessons!
- stay active
- reach for healthy choices
- create fun menus!
- if you splurge, eat light the following day or the following meal
It's all about wise food management and making healthy food choices and most importantly, WILLPOWER.
Give your body a bit more time to adjust to this new change and soon, you'll know all the right buttons to push regarding weight maintenance!
Staying fit isn't a bowl of roses, rather a wad of roses laced with sharp pointy thorns. With great care and consideration, you can avoid getting stuck on the Old Diet Trail again and turn your thorny diet into a bed of tamed, thornless roses.
Life can indeed be sweet, but keep in mind that losing weight won't solve all your problems. You'll still have bills, you'll still have ills, but life will be so much more of a thrill!
Regaining the Lost Weight
It's very wise to keep in mind that almost everyone who loses weight, regains that weight PLUS additional weight. Don't become a statistic. Keep on track. Keep focused. Keep aware of your surroundings.
You just never know when that chocolate donut will sneak up on you to paste on the pounds - through the lips and to the hips. Speaking of chocolate, some nifty nutrition facts based on a one ounce serving: