Ever wake up in the morning and jump on the scale and notice that your weight has changed tremendously? Did you notice that you were lighter in the morning? Did you look at the number and feel bad about yourself or jump for joy because you are seeing progress from when you started your new year and had that resolution to lose 20 lbs? Every person should have a goal in some part of his or her life and if your goal is weight loss, take your time in reading this today. Think back to why you set up that weight loss goal. Were you trying to get back to the weight you were in when you played sports, got married, had your baby, and wore a certain size in clothing? Do you want to drop that beer belly? How about losing weight because your Dr. says you must be lighter so that you can benefit from other health benefits? According to Kathleen Zelman, writer of the article Ideal Weight or Happy Weight (www.webmd.com), if you are overweight, losing just 10% of your body weight is linked to many health benefits, including lowering blood pressure, blood cholesterol, and reducing your risk for heart disease.
Think about your temperature. Your body temperature is programmed to stay around 98.6 degrees for your normal functioning and your body also has a set point for your weight. There are many factors that go into your set point such as a complex set of hormones, chemicals, and hunger signals that help keep your body at a certain weight. The biggest factor would be your hunger signals and how you control that. This is where we come into play at Git Right Sports Performance and Fitness. We help you keep track of what you are eating and why you are eating that. Is it because you are fueling your body or because you are emotionally eating to help ease the pain that may be in your life? Overeating drastically effects your internal regulatory system and can raise your set point. Once you raise your set point you then have to consume more calories to satisfy your body’s needs. George Blackburn, MD, wrote in his book, Break Through Your Set Point: How to Finally Lose the Weight You Want and Keep It Off, that losing 10% of your body weight, and keeping it off for a year helps your body reset your set point.
A key point in resetting your set point is maintaining the habits that you created in losing the weight. Hence, the reason that dieting or crash diets do not work in the long term is because you did not develop that proper lifestyle habits that are needed to maintain the loss. When you do a rapid weight loss, you set up an internal challenge and your body begins to release hormones that make you hungry as your body tries the defend its comfortable range. This is why a better method is to change your eating and exercise habits, lose the weight, and then maintain that loss. During this maintenance phase you will have changed your lifestyle and it will be easier to continue to drop more weight as time progresses and you have a better understand of what you can consume and still hit your goal. As the weight comes off, it is has been proven that some people can reduce their medication intake, have less joint pain, have more energy, sleep better, and feel better overall. Who wouldn’t want to have this outcome just from making a few changes in his or her life?
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