Losing weight is a science, but maintaining your weight is an art.
I coined this phrase on Facebook a few months ago as I realized that it was actually more challenging to keep one’s weight constant than to lose weight.
You see, as I’ve found out and written in my book Anyone Can Lose Weight, as long as you stick to some simple calorie counting, you will lose a predictable amount of weight.
The science is rock-solid reliable as long as you don’t give up - every 7700 kcal that you remove from your food intake over time, will result in approximately 1kg of weight loss. (Read my book to better understand this simple science that nobody teaches in schools)
But when you’ve finally reached your desired weight, it gets very tiring to keep counting calories, and your body is telling you that it deserves better than the minimal calories it has been enduring for weeks or months.
The risk of lapsing back into one’s old eating habits is extremely high.
There is also no fixed diet anymore to follow, as I have to eat just my daily requirement of calories to maintain weight. So what dishes should I eat today?
At the same time, your weight can never remain absolutely constant like a non-living object – your body’s fluid and mass is constantly in flux daily as it goes through hormonal changes, water retention, illness, responses to weather conditions and so on. That’s why some diet plans advise you not to weigh yourself daily, but perhaps once a week.
That’s why I believe maintaining weight is an art – it requires a lot of flexibility and there is no hard and fast rule to follow. There are some general guidelines to remember though. Here are some of my personal findings and opinions after maintaining my weight for the past six months. I’m still figuring this out every day, but here goes: Continue reading