If you’re one of the many Americans trying to lose weight, you know it’s hard.
The math seems so simple: Expend more calories than you eat and off come the pounds. But it doesn’t always work that way. When it does, the next challenge is keeping those pesky pounds off. Seems that more often than not they find their way back to you.
The process is rather complicated. First of all, the less you weigh, the fewer calories you require. This means that once you’ve lost 10 pounds, you’ll likely gain weight if you go back to eating the same amount you did before this loss,
Next, your metabolism shifts in a way that is not helpful. To sustain your new weight, you have to eat less than someone who’s been that weight their whole life.
Finally, as you lose weight, your appetite increases, a gain that can last for up to a year.
The weight loss equation is a bit longer. Food and fitness, the physical factor, add up to about 16% of your long-term success. A number of factors make up the balance and help you maximize your quality of life for years.
Weight loss and overall health are affected by:
- How connected you feel to others and your ability to be authentic in your relationships
- Whether you have a sense of purpose to your life and work
- Your ability to express varied emotions in a way that is appropriate
- Being alert, competent, focused and able to solve problems
- Living in an environment that is safe and contributes to your well-being.