I bet you know someone that has dieted for a little bit, lost some weight and looked great then gained it ALL back. Maybe that has happened to you and you can’t figure out WHY it happens.
You even see it with celebrities who have all the money in the world to hire cooks and trainers to literally plan their weight loss out hour after hour but they can’t even keep it off. A recent study has shown that only 17% of Americans are able to maintain a 10% weight loss after one year of dieting.
That’s just crazy…
Why does it happen?
Here’s what we know…
2. Your body does whatever it can to resist weight loss. If you’re used to eating a certain amount of calories then drop those calories, you get hungry and eat more which raises the amount of food coming in.
3. It doesn’t just happen with food either. Your body doesn’t just respond by making you eat more food, your body also regulates your metabolism which causes you to burn LESS in the gym.
So why is it so hard to keep the weight off?
First, let’s look at the three ways to burn calories during the day.
1) Your “metabolism” or known to those in research as your resting energy expenditure. This is the number of calories that you burn to maintain your daily life functions and is regulated by your muscle mass and body fat. On average this accounts for about 50-70% of daily caloric burn in most people. Active individuals will be lower on the scale.
2) Your active energy expenditure refers to the number of calories that you burn due to any type of physical activity from working out to mowing the lawn to standing up and sitting down burn the day. ANY physical activity will cause some caloric burn.The amount of calories that you can burn here range from 15-35% depending on how active you are.
3) Your food, better known as the thermic effect of feeding. Basically, you’ll burn a certain amount of calories depending on your food choices. This can range from anywhere to 5-10% depending on your food composition at the end of the day.
In part two you’ll discover…
-If we can raise the powerful effects of resting energy expenditure through our food intake.
-If our body becomes more energy efficient or less if we eat less calories then we’re used to.
So how do these three important measures change when you lose weight? How do they change when you go back to to a “normal” eating pattern?
At least 15 comments on the blog and I’ll be back tomorrow with part 2.
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