Can You Be Sure You Will Maintain Lost Weight For Good
Posted Jan 22 2013 5:00am
When can you safely say you are maintaining your weight loss
for good? That’s the million-dollar question.
Is weight-loss maintenance like a cancer cure where you have
to be in remission for a certain period of time before the odds of recurrence
drop way down? It probably is.
What time frame are we talking about when it comes to
maintaining weight loss permanently? Should we measure it in months, or are we
talking years here? The weight-loss research clearly shows that it takes a long
time, at least two to five years, before there’s a significant drop in the odds
so that weight problems are truly in remission.
During the weight maintenance phase it’s not only time that
matters. There is still a lot of weight work to be done. You’ve got to adjust
to no formal weight-loss diet, although it’s a good idea to follow some dietary
guideline that will help you maintain your weight. You will have to get used to
being without the rewards of weight loss. You might even have to learn how to derive
enough satisfaction from maintaining and not losing. Definitely you will have
to confront and cope with instances of return to old eating behaviors that made
you gain that unwanted weight.
With time and this kind of effort you can effectively put
your weight problem into complete remission.