A: Studies show that the more slowly you reduce your weight, the more likely you are to keep it off. Mary Wilson, R.D. explains the reasoning behind this:
First, a slow, steady rate of weight loss ensures that pounds come off as fat, not water and lean tissue.
Second, the less drastic the calorie reduction, the less the body will try to hold on to calories by using less energy.
Finally, it’s easier to convert small reductions in calorie intake into daily habits that become routine than it is to incorporate larger calorie cuts.
For weight management programs to work, you need to avoid extra calories that contributed to your original problem. Look at your usual diet and see where you can cut calories without foregoing nutritional value. Whatever your choice or combination of choices, make them something that becomes so routine, you almost forget you’re eliminating them. Also, your chances of keeping weight off greatly improves if you exercise on a regular basis.
What ways have you been able to cut extra calories?