New Year, New Message!
Maintain, Don’t Gain
Are you in the throes of yet another year with a New Year’s resolution to lose weight, or has that already gone by the wayside.
I have worked with clients for the last two decades and to lose weight takes A LOT of commitment & dedication. Some of my clients have lost upwards of 60lbs and kept it OFF (that’s key!) Some clients have lost a significant amount of weight and still should lose more for health reasons, but have MAINTAINED their weight loss for 2 years – this is FANTASTIC. And some clients have stayed the same weight but are stronger, leaner and healthier (less aches and pains).
A recent Gallup poll said that 51% of people want to lose weight but only 25% are seriously committed to making the changes necessary. So if you are in the 25% – super – make long lasting changes void of quick fixes and empty promises, if you are in the 26% that want to lose weight and are hoping magically that it will happen….well, focusing on maintaining your weight may be a better choice.
The Skinny Behind This New Message
“It’s easier to prevent weight gain than to lose weight”, says Gary Bennent, PhD and I agree. Losing weight is not FUN! Studies show that you need to be super focused , have a support system and keep track of your food & physical activity while maintaining a 500 calorie deficient and really knowing what to do to keep the weight off ( sorry we can all lose a quick 5-10 lbs with extra exercise and a week of deprivation!)
Maintaining your current weight will take less willpower and some minor tweaks, such as
- Remember that as we age, we lose muscle mass (so you need to be lifting weights properly) – check out the perfect class – Muscle Mania Thursday’s at 8:15am or Monday nights at 6:30pm
- Our bodies don’t require as much food so your food choices & amounts need to be tweaked slightly (check out Toxic vs True Hunger)
- You may be under more stress and therefore need appropriate ways to deal with your stress to positively affect your cortisol levels
- Simple switches such as, taking the stairs instead of the escalator, parking further away from the store door, park once and run your errands, switch your liquids to water, add chia seeds to your diet etc.
Have a look at The Secret to Weight Loss for more simple shifts.
Weight Loss is NOT a Moot Point
If you are obese, it is imperative for your health to lose weight, so get the help that you need. Carrying around extra weight puts a huge financial strain on our SICK, whoops sorry, HealthCare system, and personally affects YOU – diabetes, sleep apnea, high blood pressure etc.
So, as you continue your adventure towards living a healthier lifestyle, perhaps losing or maintaining your weight, enjoy the journey!
Need inspiration, check out Holly’s Story
You definitely kick started me into being more mindful of the things that are under my control.
Tanya and I worked together for a few months and then I moved away. When we started I weighted about 175 lbs. Since I moved, I’ve continued to learn more about nutrition, sleep and moving my body and keeping on the path we discussed. I am now down to 145 lbs, eating better, sleeping better and much more active. Thanks for giving me that push to really start THINKING about what I was doing. Mindfulness has been a real saviour to improving my health. Thank you, Carolyn R.
Ready to change up your routine or need renewed motivation? Classes offered at Move Your Body Studio are the best place to start. Know that what you are doing really works and can make a difference in your life…..
Best of Health,