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Permanent Weight Loss: Why It Is So Hard to Achieve

Posted Jul 08 2013 8:39am

Is the old more powerful than the new? The answer is a resounding yes. That’s why it’s so difficult to maintain weight loss, even after you work so hard and so well to lose your unwanted weight.

In terms of losing your unwanted weight, dieting and exercise alone do not get rid of the old weight gaining behaviors. Your weight gaining behaviors may seem to disappear after you’ve been exercising and dieting for a time. But they are still there inside of you just waiting for the right signals to make their return.

The weight loss maintenance phase has all the right signals. If you think of it, you are no longer guided by your diet plan. You are back to eating off a diet because you don’t want to lose more weight. You’ve reached your goal weight and you are trying to maintain. Maintaining reminds you of what it was like for you before going on a diet. All the old signals are there and you are inclined to do what you used to do. Your old ways that looked like they were gone in the dieting phase can come back so easily during the weight maintaining phase.

A good thing to do to prevent the recurrence of these old behaviors is to practice maintaining your weight while you are dieting. In other words, deliberately go off your diet and try maintaining the weight you lost. Do this for a meal, for a day, or for a few days here and there. Then go back on your diet because you still want to keep losing weight.

When you finally reach the weight maintenance phase, you will have had a taste of what it’s like, and you will have practiced maintaining here and there. This should help you cope better with the all-too-familiar old signals when you are eating once again without a specific diet food plan to guide you.  


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