Keeping Weight Off
Saturday, October 11, 2008
Board Certified Clinical Nutritionist Byron J. Richards,
Losing weight is hard enough, keeping it off is even harder. New research shows that even after maintaining an amount of weight loss for greater than one year, basal metabolism may still be in “hibernation” mode1. This is the first time this has been demonstrated in humans. It means that many people will easily gain weight if they eat too much, even if their weight has been stable for a while.
Many people lose weight simply by cleaning up the junk in their diets and cutting back a bit. As weight problems get more locked into place then stricter dieting approaches are typically employed. Those who restrict too much too fast, even though they may drop weight quickly for a time, are inducing low-leptin “hibernation” metabolism, as described in my book The Leptin Diet. This new study shows that this hibernation mode can persist for quite a while after weight has been lost – meaning it will be quite easy to gain weight back if you simply get off track for a few days.
By following the Leptin Diet you can reduce the chance of metabolic slow down while you are losing weight. If you exercise consistently at your new weight you will ensure that “hibernation” metabolism is much less likely to be an issue. Doing it right will help you keep the weight off over the long haul.
One of the great values of the Leptin Diet is that it is a lifestyle of eating that you can easily follow for the rest of your life – and it works!
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