If you have tried to lose weight only to see some results for a few weeks but those results erased in a few days, then it is easy to become discouraged. What is the point of losing weight now if in a couple of weeks you will gain it right back? The truth is that it is not all your fault. It is not easy to drop pounds despite what some programs will tell you. Some diet programs are in fact setting you up for failure and gaining the weight that you lost or more. Here are a few of the reasons people see the weight gain as soon as the diet program is over.
Using Crash Diets
Crash diets will help you lose weight, but in most cases they do so by ignoring your nutritional needs. A crash diet is one that has you make extreme changes to see results in a short time. A lot of these diets are not sustainable as they will cut the amount of calories that you take in to what doctors know as unhealthy levels. Keep in mind that the first few pounds of weight loss are the “easy” ones to lose. This is when people see results and feel that the diet actually works, but as easy as it is to lose those pounds it is also easy to gain them back.
Usually after the first week, the weight loss becomes a bit more difficult. Unfortunately because these diets are not designed as a long-term solution, nor are they sustainable they become an easy way to fail in your quest for weight loss. They can help you lose the easy pounds, but if you tried to extend the program you could find yourself at a high risk for severe side effects.
While healthy eating is a great way to lose weight, you still have to include exercise in your program. If you decide to go only with the diet you will lose weight very slowly and when the diet is over you will start accumulating calories again and not burning them. Those calories will become fat and soon you will be back where you started if not worse. For a diet plan to work, you need to include exercise in it and stick with exercising even after the diet program is over.
Some plans are very good in giving you a life changing guide when it comes to the food that you consume, but exercise is vital to health. There are a lot of people out there who are not overweight, but that does not mean that they are healthy.
A lot of times people will stay in a program and see no results. The problem could be lack of exercise and the consumption of "empty calories". Those are calories that you will find in sugary foods and drinks that give you absolutely no nutrition. One of the most common places where people will find these empty calories is in soda. If you look at the ingredients in these drinks you will realize that their nutritional value is almost non-existent and yet there are calories and sugars in them that your body stores as fat.
It is important to start making yourself read the labels of the food that you consume. Sometimes you may think that something is a healthy option because it says the word "diet", but the truth is that it is just as bad as the regular recipe. When you find that you have "empty calories" in the ingredients you use for recipes try to exchange them for something more nutritious instead.
No Lifestyle Change
If you are going to start a diet program, then you need to make sure that the program is something that you can do for the rest of your life. A change in lifestyle is the best way to lose weight and keep it off. Look for a program which has healthy recipes that you like to eat and that you can prepare as much as you want. Start looking at labels in the food that you buy and learn about ingredients that you do not want. Stay active every day. Even if you do not feel you have time you should make time for a walk. Go up the stairs instead of taking the elevator, walk faster when you are moving from one place to the next, or maybe use a standing desk at work. There are small things that you can do to change your lifestyle that will add up to weight loss and weight maintenance.
The important thing is that you look at the things that you have done in the past, and check what has gotten you to where you are today. You may consume fast food every day at work and that can negatively impact your health. Do not allow the things that are easy to stand in the way to a healthier you. The journey is not easy, but with some hard work you will be able to get there.
Even if you feel that you do not really know why you are gaining the weight back, the truth is that most of us know the things that will be harmful to our health. When the diet stops we feel as if the dieting was a success, but the reality is that the goal of your health is different from others. The goal is not to reach the target weight, but to stay there, and that is why your goal is something that needs an update every day.
No one is saying that you should never have dessert or that you cannot have fast food once in a while, but you need to make that be a once every couple of weeks thing at most. If you keep yourself in check then you will remain the healthy person that you always saw yourself as being. Really pay attention to everything you do as a lifestyle change and you will not find a surprise weight gain the next time that you step on the scale.