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Why you regain weight

Aug 31, 2011

Your body doesn't like to lose weight. In fact, your body may fight you tooth and nail when you start cutting calories here and burning calories there. Your body will panic, deciding that there must be some kind of famine or perhaps a nuclear war because why else would you be cutting your calories? There must be no food left!

If you do manage to calm your body down, stick with your plan and lose weight, something else often happens: You stop following the diet or the exercise program and you gain it right back.

One important fact that can help you avoid weight regain is this: You have to do at least the same amount of work to maintain weight loss as you did to lose it in the first place. When I mentioned this to one of my clients, she wailed, "You mean, I have to do this forever? I'm never home free?"

My response was, "Yes. And since I'm immortal, that means you have to work with me for the rest of your life." After which, she fainted.

If you've struggled with weight loss/weight gain, it helps to know what you're up against so you can start off on the right foot and, more importantly, stay there

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