As non intuitive as it appears the answer is that people try to lose weight by dieting! There are two main issues with dieting:
- You lose weight quickly and that weight lose includes the loss of lean muscle mass ( muscles ). Muscles are metabolic tissues and help burn calories. Losing muscles will decrease your ability to burn fat and thus make it harder to keep the weight off.
- Diets are by nature transient. Once they are over, people normally return to their normal way of living and inevitably the pounds come back.
Now for the good news: with lifestyle changes you can lose weight and maintain that weight loss.
We all know it intuitively: Eat less, move more!
Think about lifestyle changes. Implement small changes, one or two at a time and build on it. Take it slow, remember you put that weight over a long time. It will take some time to shed it off if you want to do it properly.
Here are some tips:
- Stop drinking your calories! Limit the amount of sodas, sugary drinks, lattes and even juices. Try to drink more water and tea!
- Read labels. You may be surprised that two brands that taste the same could have drastically different calories.
- Stir fry or roast instead of deep frying
- Use smaller plates
- Start moving more. Select an activity you enjoy! A short walk, a game of football, a swim in the lake. Aim for 30 minutes a day
- Add some resistance training. You need this to build/preserve your muscles. You can use your own weight for resistance, gym equipment or even the reformer!