Archive for July 6th, 2009

The Key to Lasting Weight Loss

Let’s face it. If we are overweight, obese or even morbidly obese (I was, even though my family would cringe when I said it), we know what we need to do to lose weight. We need to eat less and move more. Period. Less calories in, more calories out. Anybody disagree?

And then as our bodies become smaller and more efficient, we need to eat even less and move even more, which is kind of unfair. But as we get healthier, our bodies get more efficient and come to expect us to keep treating them right. And just think of all the cool things you can do with a lean, healthy body. Not to mention you look hot and get to buy new clothes.

Different plans work for different people, but those are the basics, and anyone trying to lose weight or get fit, whether on low-fat, low-carb, diet pills, a healthy balanced eating plan and exercise (i choose this one), will still need to take in less calories than they expend to reach their goals.

There is a great article by @BodyForWife (I just love Twitter and all the cool people and information I can find there) busting metabolism myths. The article is designed for men, but so much of this information is about metabolism and weight loss in general, it works for women too. And it just makes sense. Common sense. Go figure.

Bottom line is it’s impossible to lose 20 pounds a month, month after month, and be healthy. Oh and those nasty little plateaus? We can thank our own efforts for that. Those are our bodies’ way of rewarding us for working hard for them. To get to the next level, we just have to work a little harder. And be patient. But if we want it, we can do it. I’m off to the gym!