The Four Reasons You Keep Losing Weight then Gaining it Back
Losing weight is easy, but maintaining the body of your dreams seems to be nearly impossible for most people. You’ve lost weight multiple times throughout your life. In fact, there was even a time when you achieved your ideal weight. But what happens every time? You gain it all back, and then some. There are four key reasons this weight-loss, weight-gain cycle has continued and if these reasons aren’t addressed, it’s going to continue for the rest of your life.
Reason #1: Diets that cause big weight loss quickly are never sustainable.
The human body and mind are capable of doing incredible things – when they have laser focus. The reason you’ve been able to lose weight quickly with your previous diets is that you decided you were going to do it and nothing would stop you. Each time you’ve gone off with a new set of instructions from a new book, a new talk show host, or maybe even a doctor it worked. Why? Because no matter how tough the process or painful the methods you were so focused on the end result that you plowed through it all anyway. The problem is that laser focus is not something that most people can maintain for a lifetime.
Reason #2: You lost a lot of the weight doing cardio.
Running on a treadmill for hours a day is a great short-term solution to losing some weight when you have a great diet, limit your calories, and avoid the foods that pack on the weight. Unfortunately, this method can’t possibly work in the long term. When you make long cardiovascular sessions part of your lifestyle, your body quickly adjusts to the increased activity, becoming more efficient at burning calories.
While some cardiovascular exercise is necessary for good health, excessive cardio done purely to lose weight, and not for the joy or fun of the game, is not only unsustainable but will actually give you the reverse effect! If you lose weight by doing cardio, be prepared to do that same cardio for the rest of your life, because you have now programmed your body to expect it in order to maintain your weight.
Reason #3: Many weight loss methods that work in the short term physiologically are not successful in the long term.
At the beginning of a weight loss regimen, you are often losing mostly water weight. By simply cutting down overconsumption of food, you are also reducing the amount of solid food (waste) inside your body. Because most diets immediately get people to cut out fast food and other prepared food, you also limit the amount of salt in your body, further reducing your water weight. While all three of these things are great to do, it’s important to realize that as soon as you stop the diet, all that weight will almost instantaneously go back on. That’s because it wasn’t truly caused by a reduction of fat in your body.
Reason #4: It’s easier to avoid something completely than to tease yourself with it on occasion.
When you were on your last 90-day diet you knew that eating a brownie, a bowl of ice cream, or drinking a soda was out of the question. So when you walked into Starbucks and saw that delicious brownie in the case, you simply kept walking and ordered your coffee because you knew without a doubt that eating that brownie was out of the question. Today, however, when you walk into Starbucks, you know you are not on a 100% strict diet so there is always the thought in the back of your mind of that you could have just this one.
Of course, combining this attitude with cardiovascular exercise means you can lie to yourself. You’ll say that you can eat the brownie now and then work it off on the treadmill tomorrow. The problem is you probably will never make it onto the treadmill. Even if you do, there is no way you are going to burn enough extra calories to make up for the junk you ate the day before.
Now you’ve learned these four reasons you may be wondering how it’s possible to lose weight and keep it off. The answer is to start with the end in mind. That means a lifestyle you are willing to sustain for a lifetime. Cut out the foods you are willing to give up for a lifetime and limit other foods. While you may not be willing to give all of them up forever, find things you are willing to massively cut back on, thing you may even be willing to give up completely for a short duration.
Losing weight this way means that you first establish a diet that will maintain your weight and then you cut out just a little bit more in order to lose small amounts of weight every single week, consistently. One way of doing this is to follow the Titanium Nutrition Revolution formula, which breaks all foods into four categories. The first category of foods is those you must completely cut out during times of weight loss and indulge in very seldom when maintaining weight. The second category of foods is those that you should be very careful of eating; foods you should cut out completely unless you really love them!, If you do love them, then simply limit the amount that you consume. Category Three and Four foods are those that are typically hard to abuse unless consumed in very large volumes.
By following this simple method of breaking foods into four categories, you can lose weight and, more importantly, you can keep the weight off for a lifetime. The key during the weight loss phase is to lose weight consistently on a daily and weekly basis, which means you must weigh yourself every day and ensure that you are consistently on a slow downward trend with your weight. Instead of giving yourself the goal of losing 30 pounds in 90 days, you are much better off giving yourself the goal of losing one pound per week for the next 90 days, or even 1.5 pounds if you want to move quickly. While that will only add up to between 13 and 20 pounds, just imagine where you will be in two, five, and ten years by following this system.
Even someone who is 150 pounds overweight can have the body of their dreams, and keep it for the rest of their life, in a matter of three years or fewer, losing just one pound per week. The key is to make sure that you never have a week when your weight goes the wrong way. Once you have reached your ideal weight, you must continue to weigh yourself daily and establish a maximum weight for yourself, which you promise yourself you will never exceed. Focus on never getting close to that maximum weight, but if you ever do find yourself there, say after spending a week on a cruise ship, or a few days of indulging in the wrong foods, you must immediately put yourself back into weight loss mode. You can reach your ideal weight again. The goal is again consistently losing one to one and a half pounds per week until you’re there. Follow this simple process and enjoy the healthy, sexy, and incredible body you have always wanted – for the rest of your life.