Weight loss isn’t a pill you take in the morning. It is a commitment you make all day long.
Permanent weight loss is something you carry with you into bed every night. And wake up with, refreshed in the morning.
The problem with weight loss is that it is difficult. It took years for you to get to the weight you are now. All those extra pounds settled on you seemingly without notice. They just appeared. Without much effort. Now, years later, you know you are overweight, you want to do something about it, and it takes effort. Daily effort. Why was it so easy going on, and so difficult coming off?
You see, you and I, and most of us, are genetically fat. Our bodies are organized to make us gain weight easily, and lose weight slowly. Lots of health reasons for that, and not a little to do with having babies. But knowing that doesn’t help us get the weight off – and keep it off – which is where we want it to be.
There certainly are some “natural” products that can assist your weight loss. Plus, the big weight loss companies want you to believe they can help you lose weight. Truth is, they can, too. Weight loss is amazingly easy if you eat a lot less than you were eating when you were gaining weight. Starving yourself skinny works. Quite well, too.
But, here is where it gets scary. When you are eating 1,000 calories less a day (Weight Watchers cuts your calories in half, the HCG diet has you on 1/4 your normal daily calories) something goes terribly wrong inside of your body. It hurts your long-term weight loss goals in several ways:
- low calorie diets tell your body to hold on to body fat, because you may need it later
- these diets make you hungrier, so sooner or later you are going to binge and devour everything in sight
- the diet tells your body to store more fat at each meal, because you are starving and will need it later
- low calorie diets lower your metabolism
The “it lowers your metabolism” part is the key to understanding why you quickly regain lost weight, plus some extra. Once off the diet you resume eating much the same way you did before. Trouble is, you have lower metabolism now. Eating the same food, but with a lower basic metabolism, means you quickly regain. That’s why I call the weight loss companies “weight re-gain companies.”
So, what can you do?