Weight Maintenance Versus Weight Loss

Natalie Buscemi Men's Health, Weight loss

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If you ever open a web browser and search for information on “weight loss” you’ll be inundated with all kinds of blogs, articles, and instructional videos about how to shed that unwanted weight.  But sometimes weight loss isn’t the outright goal. Sometimes the object isn’t to lose weight, it’s to maintain weight.  

 When men and women reach their “ideal” weight, they have to make the mental shift. They have to get their minds out of “weight loss” mode and get their minds into “weight maintenance” mode. But making that transition is easier in theory than it is in practice because once people reach their ideal weight, they tend to forget about all the hard work they’ve done—all the dietary rules and regulations they’ve followed to make their ideal weight. So, if you’ve reached a weight you’re comfortable with, how do you maintain that weight? Answering that question is why the team at Allure Medical wrote this article for you (and why Dr. Mok has written so many of his books)!  

Know your metabolism is slower 

One of the unfortunate consequences of losing weight is that it inadvertently slows your metabolism down.  When you lose weight, your body notices because it’s taking in fewer calories than it’s expending every single day. In nature, such a scenario is dangerous because it can lead to starvation, so the body slows your metabolism in an attempt to preserve its nutritional stores. Remember that your body doesn’t know you want to lose the weight, it just thinks you’re losing weight because external dietary supplies haven become scare.  

 Lower leptin levels 

As we’ve mentioned in previous articles, leptin is the all-powerful hormone that your body produces to tell the brain “we’re not hungry.” Without leptin we could eat and eat and eat all day long. 

 The problem with losing weight is that the body produces less and less leptin the more weight you lose because it perceives negative calorie intake (burning more calories than you consume) as a danger. That means it’s easier to feel “hungry” the more weight you lose.  

 When you reach your ideal weight, it will take time for your leptin levels to adjust and get back to normal, so you need to be disciplined and vigilant to fight off the hunger pangs. If you don’t, you won’t be able to keep your ideal weight. 

 Know you still need exercise 

Exercise is a keep component of the weight loss process. But what people forget is that it’s also a key component of the weight maintenance process as well, which is why so many people struggle to maintain their ideal weight after they’ve hit it.  

 Continuing with a regular workout regimen that features equal parts anaerobic and aerobic exercises is the best way to ensure the unwanted pounds don’t find their way back to your waistline. Do you need to work out as hard as you did when you were trying to lose the weight? No. But you still need to make a habit of heading to the gym several times per week. 

 Questions? 

If you ever have any questions about weight loss or weight maintenance, don’t hesitate to contact the friendly staff at Allure Medical. Remember—we’re here to help you with your health and wellness goals! 

 In Health, 

 

 

 

 

 

Shana Loggins 

Nutritionist