If you’re trying to lose weight, you’re probably wondering how to keep it off. Know that experts agree upon one, cold, hard truth: exercise is the only way to sustain a healthy weight. And new findings released by researchers at University of Chicago back this statement up.
Anyone can take it upon himself or herself to adopt a healthier diet, or consume smaller servings for the sake of lesser calories for a short period of time, but it takes a self-motivated, individual determined on testing and growing their character to stick to healthy fitness habits for life.
The Key to Keep the Weight Off
University of Chicago Medicine’s recently released findings provide clarification on why certain individuals so quickly gain back the weight in just two or three years after having worked many more years than that to lose the weight in the first place –it all boils down to a stunted metabolism, which is entirely self-inflicted.
In other words, researchers found that those that decrease their caloric intake over extended periods of time also decrease their metabolism. So diet isn’t the key. In fact, exercise is undeniably less maintenance to incorporate into a lifestyle routine. Furthermore, the occasional workout might take its occasional toll on the muscles, leaving you sore; but at least you’re allowing yourself to consume enough fuel (within healthy reason of course) to regain the energy you burn during the trials of a rigorous workout.
The experts say it’s important not to focus on weight loss, but instead on staying fit. This will help you strike a Zen-like medium between eating healthier and exercising, which more often results in a favorable calorie-burnt deficit that in turn directly results in a slighter figure – a.k.a. weight loss!
Changing Your Mindset
If you can convince yourself to adopt a mental philosophy that values the routine of exercise over the irritable focus on losing weight, the weight loss will inevitably come as an effect. Stop thinking about weight loss and just focus on healthy physical fitness!
Otherwise, you risk relapse, and revisiting an unhealthy lifestyle where you’ll end up having to pull yourself back up from the extra calories, excessive snacking, ludicrous amounts of glaringly unhealthy meals. Do you really want to deal with that? We suspect your rationality suggests, “no!”
How Much Exercise You Need to Lose Weight
According to studies conducted by the crew at University of Chicago Medicine, exercise burning somewhere between 1,500 and 2,000 calories a week are essential for sustaining weight loss.
To sum it up, weight loss will come with patience and self-determined dedication to a lifestyle that holds regular exercise above obsessive focus on losing weight.