- Diet & Weight Loss
4 Reasons Why You Can't Get Off the Weight Loss Roller Coaster
The Lose/Gain Cycle
If you’re like most people, losing weight can be challenging. But with a little restriction, dedication, and patience almost anyone can lose 5 to 10 pounds or more. While many may struggle along the way, losing the weight wasn’t an impossible task; the real challenge is actually keeping it off. If you’re having trouble with losing and gaining, and want to get off of that lose/gain cycle and finally settle down to the weight you desire, you might want to consider the following four ways people get stuck in this cycle in the first place.
1. Always Switching Up Weight Loss Plans:
- To lose weight you just need to find a way to take in fewer calories than you’re burning. That’s it. Any method you choose is fine as long as you can keep it up and it’s not too extreme to work. A lot of people tend to switch up their weight loss plan or keep trying new things if the weight doesn’t come off fast enough. Weight loss is a slow process and if you can’t come to realize and accept that, the lose/gain cycle will continue. Just trust that what you are doing is working and even though the progress may be slow, in five months time will be glad you stuck with it.
2. Breaking the Momentum:
- There’s a certain momentum that needs to be kept up in order to make your weight loss plan turn into a habit, and then turn into a lifestyle. This means something you must keep up everyday. For example it’s better to workout for 30 minutes everyday, than to workout for an hour only 4 days a week. If you do something everyday it becomes a habit. If you only do it every so often, you can easily find yourself giving excuses on how you’ll do it tomorrow. This is because you broke the momentum and did not allow it to become a habit. Since you are dedicated to doing something everyday, there is no tomorrow. This is a reason why I don’t believe in cheat days. All it’s doing is allowing yourself to break the habit and before you know it, the cheat day becomes a cheat week. To keep up the momentum do something you can do everyday. Exercise should not be strenuous and you should eat something you enjoy everyday.
3. Keeping Old Clothes That Are Now Too Big For You:
- Another way we secretly sabotage ourselves is that when we do lose weight, we still hang on to our old clothes (just in case). Don’t give yourself the option to go back to your old life and gain the weight back. Be confident that this is your new body and with your new lifestyle you won’t gain the weight back. Buying new clothes right away really helps because if you gain even a little bit, you can tell. When you keep old clothes (even if they’re not too baggy) and gain a little weight, it harder to tell or feel like it’s top priority to lose it because you can still fit into your clothes. Bottom line is this: toss out old clothes and update your wardrobe after losing weight. If you have a lot to lose you might want to make a switch halfway through as well. It might be more costly but in the end it will make gaining a little weight back a big problem.
4. Going on a Plan That is Too Restrictive:
- As discussed earlier, all you need to do is take in fewer calories than you are currently burning to lose weight. But don’t over-do it. Losing weight is and should be a slow process for long-term results. Choosing a plan that is too restrictive most likely will end up with you quitting. You’ll probably lose a lot of weight in the beginning, but when the stress of it finally wears you down you’ll most likely quit and gain all the weight back, which makes it totally pointless. The goal should be to lose weight permanently, not in 30 days. You could be too restrictive in many ways. Such as too restrictive on the number of calories, too restrictive on what you can eat, or too restrictive on things you can do in your daily life (like going out with friends, or what you can wear until you lose weight). The best way to counteract the restrictive mentality is make little, consistent changes, don’t obsess about the number on the scale, don’t make losing weight your whole life, and learn to appreciate the little successes. If you do this you’re more likely to consistently lose weight until you’re ready to maintain, and not gain the weight back before you had a chance to get there.
Which of the 4 reasons do you think contributes most to the lose/gain cycle of weight loss?
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© 2013 Michelle Barnes