"I know I how to lose weight. I don't know how to maintain it." A young lady, I would guess in her early 30s, said this to me today. Perhaps you've said something similar at one point. It's frustrating isn't it? Taking two steps forward only to take four steps back. Know that you are not alone. I've been there and done that and have a t-shirt and a key chain to prove it.
In 2008, I lost over 70 pounds in 10 months, but that wasn't my first rodeo. Prior to that I had tried and failed to lose weight over and over again. I would experience a degree of success only to end up right back where I started in a matter of weeks or months. I eventually became so frustrated that I gave up on losing weight completely. It was "too hard." I just didn't "have what it takes." And I believed that lie with every fiber of my being. The truth was I did have what it takes -- I was capable of change. My problem was that I wasn't knowledgeable.
What I failed to realize in all of those attempts was that whatever I did to lose the weight, I would have to continue to do (and then some) to maintain it. I mistakenly thought that when I achieved my goal weight, I would somehow be able to maintain it -- without eating right or exercising consistently. I didn't realize that weight loss wasn't a guessing game; it' science.
Calories burned - calories eaten = calorie deficit
If you burn more calories than you eat on a weekly basis, you lose fat. If you eat more calories than you burn, you gain fat (or muscle depending on how you train). If your average calories burned is equivalent to your average daily food intake, you weight will remain the same.
If you want to lose the weight and keep it off, you have to keep your numbers in check. Easier said than done? Sure. Impossible? Absolutely not.
It IS possible. I believe; do you?
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