Oprah's TV show recently featured some former contestants from the "Biggest Loser". Unfortunately, some of these folks had regained up to 100 pounds since their weight loss on the show. If you want to know how to maintain your weight loss and avoid the same fate, here are some tips.
While losing weight is hard, not enough attention is given to the equally difficult process of maintaining weight loss. Plus, what most people don't realize is that the method of weight loss also helps determine how difficult weight maintenance will be.
Researchers from the City University of New York studied folks who were successful at losing weight and then maintaining the weight loss.
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Subjects were entered into a study if they had lost 10% of their body weight in the last year, and were separated into three groups. Group one lost the weight with a very-low calorie diet (VLCD), group two lost the weight with a commercial weight loss program, and the third group lost the weight all by themselves.
Researchers found that although the VLCD group initially had a greater weight loss (24% of bodyweight) compared to the two other groups (17%), it was the VLCD group that quickly regained the most weight.
On the other hand, those folks who lost the weight on their own - using lifestyle changes - were able to maintain their weight loss for 18 months.
So besides not being a contestant on the Biggest Loser, what can you learn here?
Well, it's like many weight loss experts keep saying, you must make simple, easy-to-stick-to lifestyle changes if you want to lose weight and keep it off.
Crash diets and excessive exercise programs might work for a while, but they won't help you in the long run.
Start your long-term weight loss program today by finding a form of exercise you enjoy, a diet that suits your personality, and by surrounding yourself with social support - people who are generally interested in seeing you succeed.
Get help to lose weight and maintain your weight loss,
Craig Ballantyne, CSCS, MS
Author, Just Say NO To Cardio