Monday, November 05, 2012
I was happy to come across an article on CNN that discussed a study that demonstrated the importance of understanding weight maintenance before weight loss begins. Most people worry about losing the weight and then either mistakenly believe that maintenance will be natural, or, that "being thin is it's own reward" and that they will be so ecstatic to be thin that they will not let the weight come back on. The unfortunate truth is that a lot of people who lose weight regain it (myself included). This time, I armed myself with some knowledge and practice of weight maintenance before I started losing weight 2 years ago.
I wrote a blog last year about learning about maintenance before and during weight loss. It is important to understand the significance of weight maintenance partially because plateaus occur during weight loss and so that there is a game plan after reaching goal weight. I have "only" lost about 50 pounds over the past 2 years. I tend to go through long periods of maintaining my weight and then have a few weeks of losses. Considering I train hard for Jiu Jitsu, I am okay with this pattern because it means I am minimizing muscle loss. Learning about maintenance has also helped teach me to be patient with my weight loss. In any case, studies like this one might help steer weight loss methods in a new direction.
Here is the CNN article:
Here is my blog titled "Getting Ready to Stay the Same: Considering Maintenance While Losing":