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Keeping the Weight Off

By some estimates, more than 80 percent of people who have lost weight regain all of it, or more, after two years. Researchers at the University of California at Los Angeles analyzed 31 long-term diet studies and found that about two-thirds of dieters regained more weight within four or five years than they initially lost.

Along with the emotional toll is a physical one: Not only is the extra weight a health risk, but recent studies have linked the gain-lose-gain cycle to such potentially life-threatening conditions as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, depression, heart disease, and cancer.

My personal experience in the training industry and working with clients for weight loss, is teaching people a workout regimen for building and maintaining muscle.  But one of the most important factors when training persons to lose the weight is the nutritional program that you put them on. First, of all no dieting.  You are cutting the calories initially, so that you burn more than you take in on a daily basis, but you cannot starve the body.  The average person should be allowed to eat 5-6 small meals daily, of a healthy protein and a carbohydrate.   You should never starve the body.  When a person is conditioned and has learned to eat healthy it is a lot easier  to maintain their weight because they have formed a habit.  Evidence shows, that this reaction is partially learned, and that through conditioning, you can rewire your brain.

Emotional triggers play a huge role too.  A study at Brown University, US found that dieters who ate in response to emotions like stress, as opposed to external events like overdoing it at the salad bar, were more likely to regain the weight..  Once again they never learned the skills needed for long-term behavior change.  They were not taught to motivate themselves every day to eat healthy and recognize a mistake as a onetime thing.  The bottom line is once you have lost the weight and you realize what it took to lose it, and it was contributed to healthy eating and exercise,  you are more likely to have the willpower you need to keep the weight off.  For more information on the subject you may contact Brenda Bark at Brenda@myfocusonfitness.com or call 480-699-3162 or check out my website at www.myfocusonfitness.com

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