It seems like such a simple concept.
Expend more calories than you eat, and BOOM. Off go the pounds.
Not so fast.
There are lots of reasons why it’s more complicated. Here are a few of the big ones from some really smart scientists who study this stuff for a living.
Reason #1. Once you’ve lost some weight, you burn fewer calories. Think about it, in case you haven’t. A person weighing 100 pounds needs to consume less calories than someone who weighs 150 pounds. Even a 5-pound decrease in weight means you need fewer calories. Bummer.
Reason #2. Your metabolism shifts in a way that is not helpful. For instance, let’s say you have been the same 100 pounds most of your adult life, and your friend lost 20 pounds and now weighs 100 pounds. Your friend has to eat less in order to stay at that 100 pounds than if she’d been that weight most of her life. SO not fair for your friend!
Reason #3. As you lose weight, your appetite increases. This increase in appetite can last for up to a year. WHAT? I know, it’s crazy!
If you’ve struggled to lose those same pesky pounds for years, now you know why.
It’s not that you don’t have enough willpower or discipline. If you’ve been saying that to yourself, STOP IT!
Weight loss isn’t only about what you eat (or don’t eat) and how much you exercise. Although this is a big part of it, there’s much more.
The scientists who have done these studies say that “promoting a holistic approach to achieve a healthier lifestyle is necessary to maximize quality of life.”
It’s not just about a number on the scale.
A few weeks ago, I mentioned the concept of Deep Health: relational, existential, mental, physical, emotional, environmental.
These are all connected, which also explains why sustained weight loss can be hard. There are no quick fixes.
Needing guidance and help along the way is the norm, not the exception.
I’m here for you.
Connect with me by email. We’ll look at what’s getting in the way of maximizing your quality of life—and losing those pesky pounds.
“We do life. We do it abundantly. And we have a good time.”—Carol Slager