Every year people make weight loss resolutions or set goals to develop healthy behaviors. Many times they start well and even begin to lose weight but it does not continue. Why do you think it is easy to get started losing weight, but not nearly as easy to keep losing weight? If you have experienced this same situation you’re certainly not the only one.
We’ve all heard about it, and most of us have probably even done it a time or two… lost 10 or 15 pounds with diets and boot camps. But then after a few weeks or months all of that weight that felt so easy to lose suddenly felt really hard to maintain. Maybe you got busy at work or the weather changed that set you on the wrong path. Losing weight was easy at first but got harder and harder to maintain as the days or weeks went by.
Have you ever heard people talking about a diet or boot camp that completely changed their lives forever? Chances are that you rarely hear people talking about a diet that changed their lives forever. That’s because diets don’t work long-term. Average American stops dieting in 3 months or less. They’re simply not sustainable. But what if it is possible to learn a new way of eating that is healthy, sustainable, and enjoyable? Could that be the missing link we’ve all been searching for?
Weight Loss: Getting started
Getting started may seem easy for most people when you imagine yourself looking skinnier and fit. Envisioning what your life would be like if you look thinner; how great you’ll feel when you see yourself in photos, all of the activities you’ve been dying to try but haven’t felt confident enough to go for. This big picture is what gets you started. It provides you the initial motivation to do something. You search Dr. Google and find puzzling options. You look for reviews and the one that has the most reviews and testimonials is the diet or boot camp you chose.
Here’s what happens next… with any diet you choose, chances are that you’re going to be asked to make some pretty drastic changes to your usual eating habits. Some of those changes are not only drastic but also nutritionally dangerous. You could be cutting out all carbs, only eating at certain times of the day, or going on a juice clean for days at a time. When you go through such drastic eating changes with low calories, you may lose weight quickly. However, many times you end up losing lean body mass (muscle and water) and not fat. You do feel great looking at the number go down on the weight scale, but it is not the kind of weight loss that will give you long-lasting results. When you lose muscle and water, it slows down your metabolic rate (metabolism). This diminished metabolism makes it difficult to maintain weight loss. Also, quick weight loss affects hormones in the body that stimulate hunger to try to gain the weight back. This is all well studied in literature and is based on set-point theory.
When you stop losing weight at the rate you started to lose initially, you begin to get frustrated. Also, the drastic way of eating becomes challenging because it begins to affect your social circle. You get invited to your friend’s party, but your dietary restrictions do not allow you to eat much there. You begin to get stronger cravings for food that you are avoiding due to restrictions of the diet you are following. These types of roadblocks are bound to pop up along the way. And this is the point at which things usually being to feel really difficult.
Weight Loss: Struggling to Progress
This is the point where what you thought was easy (losing weight) becomes a challenge (maintaining weight loss). Diets don’t address these types of frustrations and cravings at all. Not even one bit. They’ll probably tell you exactly what to eat, what not to eat, and they might even tell you exactly when to eat. But they won’t help you understand why you make the food choices that you make each day.
A diet probably won’t help you learn lifestyle skills that involve your thoughts, behavior, mindset. These lifestyle skills help you make those new healthier choices each day feels easy. And even worse, diets definitely won’t provide a supportive shoulder to lean on in those moments after you’ve hit your first plateau, when you totally blew it over the weekend, or when weight loss simply begins to feel really hard again. You need a coach who can guide you in these situations and help you stay on track. At Valley Forge Weight Management Center, you will get this support and guidance to help you learn the lifestyle skills to see long-lasting success. Download our ebook (Lifestyle Skills for Weight Loss) to get started.
Weight Loss: Making it stick with AKG Method at our center
But what if there was a weight loss program that could do all of this and more? The good news is that–there is! Our AKG Method won’t simply tell you exactly what to eat and when. Instead, it will provide you with an entire set of practical tools that will teach you how to make these choices confidently on your own each day, now, and forever.
The best part is, you can access these tools from the comfort of your own phone at any time during the day or night, right when you need them most. With these tools, you will lose the diet mentality, focus instead on a lifestyle mentality, and weight loss will begin to feel easy again:
- Self-monitoring tools to track daily weight, calorie intake, and physical activity
- An evidence-based courses built on nutrition and psychology
- Personalized coaching to guide you through your weight loss journey
- Resources for healthy recipes and workout plans to suit your needs
Weight Loss: Try AKG Method and keep it off for good
If you’re tired of feeling like weight loss is impossible, or if you want to lose weight without having to feel miserable in the process, get started on your journey with our AKG Method today, and let us remind you just how easy weight loss can be with the right tools and the right mentality.
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