Regain of lost body fat is the most problematic area in the field of weight management. Whoever solves this problem for good will win a Nobel Prize in Medicine. Why do most diets ultimately fail over the long run? Because people go back to their old habits. Here are the two secrets to prevention of weight regain:
- Restrained eating
- Regular physical activity
“Successful losers” apply self-restraint on an almost daily basis, avoiding food they know will lead to weight regain. They limit how much they eat. They consciously choose not to return to their old eating habits, despite urges to the contrary.
The other glaring difference is that, compared to regainers, the successful losers are physically active. Oftentimes, they exercised while losing weight, and almost always continue to exercise in the maintenance phase of their program. This is true in at least eight out of 10 cases. It’s clear that regular exercise isn’t always needed, but it dramatically increases your chances of long-term success.
Steve Parker, M.D.