How often have you noticed that formerly normal weight people have gradually gained weight throughout the years? Or people who have lost a significant amount of weight, gain it back rather quickly? Should people even try to lose weight at all? The answer is YES, if they are already having weight-related health problems or if they are putting on extra weight every year and are likely to have health problems in the future.
On the other hand, studies that have examined how much weight people are able to lose and how much they are able to keep off long term are fairly poor. Most people gain weight back. Wonder why?
5 ways To Gain Unwanted Weight:
- You lose weight too quickly.
- You go back to your old eating habits after you have lost the weight.
- You continue to eat and exercise exactly the someway despite you getting older.
- You feel entitled to eat the same way as “everyone else”.
- You make excuses for why it’s okay to eat when you shouldn’t.
Each of these items is explained below.
- You lose weight too quickly: One of the best ways to gain weight quickly is to drastically cut your calories. Research shows that the faster people lose weight, the faster they tend to regain it.
- You go back to your old eating habits after you have lost the weight: It’s plain biology. If you lose weight on 1200 calories a day, for example, and then your weight plateaus, you will start to gain weight back once you go up to 1300 calories a day. That’s the equivalent of one good sized apple or 1 tbsp almond butter. And if you return to eating 2,000 or 3,000 calories, as perhaps you did before, of course your weight will increase.
- You continue to eat and exercise exactly the someway despite you getting older: It seems unfair, but it’s true. Metabolism tends to decrease with age. If you don’t start eating less and/or exercising more, you’ll gain weight. Now it’s reasonable to gain a little weight, especially if you’re eating in a healthy way, but those pounds can really add up as the years go by.
- You feel entitled to eat the same way as “everyone else”: It’s possible that you know the rare person who can consume a great number of calories a day and not gain weight. But it’s more likely that the people you know (especially if they’re over 35), are either restricting their eating in some way or are themselves gaining weight each year. In any case, it’s irrelevant. If you don’t want to gain weight, you’ll need to figure out what’s right for you to eat; which isn’t necessarily right for another person.
- You make excuses for why it’s okay to eat when you shouldn’t: Your body processes calories in exactly the same way, regardless of circumstances. It doesn’t care if you’re stressed, tired, or celebrating; if it’s a special occasion; if no one is watching you eat; or if the food is free. It may be reasonable to plan in advance to eat a little more in some circumstances but understand that if you don’t compensate by exercising more or cutting an equivalent number of calories another time, you will gain weight.
It seems unfair. It’s so hard to lose weight and so easy to gain it back. But once you learn the foundational skills grounded in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) that you need, the process of losing and maintaining a weight loss (it’s the same process!) becomes much easier.
If you are ready to look at your weight loss in a NEW WAY & learn CBT Food & Fitness skills to go along with a custom diet and training plan; then send me a message today! Limited spots available for the CBT coaching program!