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Why is it so hard to maintain results with traditional weight loss programs

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Have you followed any commercial weight loss program for a period of time, get results and stop following it? once you stopped following it did you were able to maintain those results or was it hard to do it? As most of us you may found it hard or impossible to maintain those results.

The reason is because those commercial weight loss programs that help us lose a lot of weight in a short period of time without considering long term damage to our body.

They give us what we want, we want fast results so the programs are designed to helps us lose as much weight as possible in the shortest period of time without considering our health and the negative impact the programs will have.

Most traditional weight loss programs are based on the most common strategy and advice, for nutrition “eat less – move more” the diets are so restrictive and go to low in calories; for training it´s most cardio or circuit training based on cardio which makes the experience so hated. The goal of this programs is to help us lose as much weight as possible and with this we get in more trouble.

This programs don´t focus on making our weight loss journey as healthy as possible and as enjoyable as it can be, even when we´re following a weight loss program we need to have some freedom and not make it so restrictive. So they´re giving us all the reasons to make it impossible to stick to the program.

They focus on losing as much weight as possible without considering body composition so we lose fat, water and muscle, when we stop the program it´s so hard to sustain our results because our metabolism is slower, when we lose muscle our body needs less calories so we need to eat less to sustain our new weight and with all the cardio exercise that leads to muscle loss it also make our body more efficient at using calories so every time we do the same workout our body will be burning less calories. So we end in a worst place than when we started the program.

Fat loss is hard, we need to put the time and effort, we need to work hard and be disciplined with our program until we develop the right habits. When we start a fat loss program we are dealing with physical, emotional and mental pain and discomfort plus we need to add the fact that all unhealthy foods we´ve been eating created addiction in our body so our body and brain will make us feel like if we need those unhealthy foods which is actually not true. Dealing with all this stuff going on is what makes fat loss and getting in shape so difficult.

There´s a way to make fat loss sustainable and that is by developing good healthy habits, eating real, fresh foods and avoiding all unhealthy foods that can cause not only weight gain but can also lead to health problems. Working out at least 30 minutes every day focusing on resistance training to maintain and build muscle, getting enough good quality sleep every night, 7 or 8 hours. Developing the right mindset to get you through the hard times, when our body things we can´t go any further our mindset keeps us going, when you have to make a choice between healthy or unhealthy foods our mindset goes for the healthy options.

Sustainable fat loss is simple if we focus on what matters which is improving body composition and developing good healthy habits, this doesn´t mean that it´s easy but it´s worth it, it´s the best way to do it. We also need to understand that it takes time, even when we can get amazing results in a couple weeks it will take some time to get to our desired weight so we need to focus on progress, seeing progress and results make us happy so use your progress as a way to stay motivated.

The journey is though, this why not everyone is lean, we all dream with having an amazing physique but not everyone is willing to put the time and effort. Those though moments remember your end goal, think about your end result,, if you want that end result so bad you´ll make it through those though moments, this includes all the physical, emotional and mental struggle you will need to get through.

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Pam