Why do so many of us regain weight that we worked so hard to lose? Here are some of the top reasons.
Your Diet Was Too Restrictive
If you cut out a large amount of calories and spend hours each day at the gym, you will lose the weight. However, it is tough, as well as unhealthy, to continue such a rigorous plan.
Although these types of plans get the weight off quickly, the results have a short-term success and leads to weight regain. What makes it even worse, your hard working efforts can also cause you to lose muscle and negatively affect your metabolism, which can lead you to gain more body fat than you had in the first place!
To keep this from happening, focus on habits that you can stick to. A plan to help make your body healthy and support your metabolism. Hailey and Dyron from Strategic Health and Wellness can create a personal plan for you that will be a long-term solution for your weight loss goals.
You Need A New Focus
You’ve lost the weight – now what? Where should your focus be?
Once you have lost the weight you targeted to lose, you need to re-focus to avoid regaining the weight. In your weight loss journey, hopefully you have discovered a new passion. Maybe it’s cycling, swimming or dancing. Your new passions can help make your weight maintenance an enjoyable time. It is time to set new goals like improving your endurance, joining a team or taking the next step in doing something you thought you could never do. Discovering these passions not only helps make maintaining more fun but, also keeps that weight off for good.
Your Metabolism Changed
Metabolism can change for a many of different reasons.
There are chemical reactions that takes place in the body’s cells that make up metabolism, including sex hormone balance, age, stress hormone levels, thyroid function and cellular health which can cause weight gain and other symptoms that impact our health and appearance.
A crucial part of the Strategic Health and Wellness weight loss plan is comprehensive blood testing which helps dictate your personalized weight loss plan.
You Become Too Relaxed With Your Weightloss
It happens, when your weight loss is long behind you, after “just one” cheat meal or cheat day when you don’t see a negative effect. Then all of the sudden the foods you’ve avoided for years is at every meal and you’re eating processed foods as part of your daily intake.
Consistently following an 80/20 rule (80% on plan with healthy and whole foods, 20% less healthy) will make your long term success with maintenance much easier. By gradually changing the rules to 70/30, 60/40 or 50/50 will result in weight gain.
You Lost Your Accountability Partner
Whether it was a workout partner, exercise class or a nutrition coach, most of us find the best weight loss success when we have some sort of accountability.
After you hit your weight loss goal, try scheduling a monthly check in with a friend or family member to stay accountable and stay the course to maintain your hard earned weight loss.
You’ve Gone Through A Big Life Change
Marriage, kids going off to college, moving or loss of any kind are all major life changes that can cause weight gain. Stress is any physical, chemical, or emotional factor that causes bodily or mental unrest. Any of these major changes can cause an increase in anxiety and stress that can lead to unhealthy behaviors like emotional eating (or drinking), which can throw us right back into a weight gaining mode.
While eliminating all stress is unrealistic, management of stress is a realistic goal. People with strong social support networks report less stress and fewer stress symptoms than those who lack social support. Stress-management techniques include relaxation techniques, time-management skills, counseling or group therapy, bubble baths or whatever helps you relax and address your stress.