It is an on going battle. One that is never one. Once you lose weight, you still have to work at keeping it off.
I exercise almost daily to keep myself in shape, and to keep weight off. I know that if I stop exercising and stop watching what I eat, I will gain weight.
Losing weight is a lot harder than it is to gain it. You can gain it a lot faster then you can lose it. That’s where people get into trouble. Even though it may have taken a few years to pack on 20 extra pounds, people want to lose that 20 pounds in 2 weeks. It just is not going to happen.
Any weight loss system that claims you can lose over 5 pounds per week is lying. It is trying to sell you something that does not exist. It is playing on your irrational fears of being over weight and your lack of knowledge on how to lose it.
There is no substitute for exercise and eating right. Exercising is the best way to burn calories. It is the best way to strengthen and stabilize painful and irritated joints. Exercise is the only way to prevent more weight gain. Exercise is more effective than eating right for losing weight, but eating right really helps speed up the process.
Eating right will fuel your body with what it needs to deal with the rigors and stresses of daily life. Eating right will help to get rid of all of the free radicals that build up in your body. These free radicals will cause your body to break down and age prematurely. Eating right will provide your body with the proper vitamins, minerals, and nutrients that it needs to adequately repair muscles, tendons and ligaments which will prevent further injuries, and can prevent arthritis or at least slow its’ progression.
It is important to understand that with weight loss, there is no quick fix. There are no get thin quick schemes, just like there are no get rich quick schemes. Otherwise everyone would be thin and rich.
In most cases, weight gain occurs over years. Usually over 10 to 20 years, if not more. Weight loss can take just as long. Realize though, that as long as you are exercising and eating right, even if you don’t see a difference on the scale, at the very least you won’t be gaining any more weight.
Look at things long term. 10 years from now you can be heavier, where you weigh now, or less heavy. If you continue with your old habits and patterns that caused weight gain, then you are only going to gain more weight in the future if you do not change these habits. If you can change around your habits through small, subtle changes slowly introduced over time, then it is easy to change your old, unhealthy habits and patterns to healthy ones.
Look at exercise and eating right long term and in a sustainable way. Are these changes you can stick with for many years? I am not going to never eat carbs again for the rest of my life. I am not going to do an extreme exercise or boot camp routine for the rest of my life.
Eat healthy most of the time. Exercise most of the time. You will get much more out of doing these things consistently and long term with low intensity than from doing these things at a high intensity for a short period of time.
Treat your body sustainably. Exercise and eat right in a sustainable way. Train smarter, not harder. It is the Pain Free Way.
Here is a link to an article about a couple who lost weight only to gain it back an then lose it again. They talk about how hard it is to lose weight. But it is even harder to keep it off.