According to an article in the Journal of the American Medical Association (2012;307:2627–34) the proportions of carbohydrates, protein and fat that we eat may play a role in minimizing weight regain.
The amount of energy one uses at rest usually drops with weight loss because it takes fewer calories to maintain the new, lower weight. The decreased amount of calories burned when at rest must be balanced by exercising more, or eating less for the rest of one’s life! Without taking this ongoing action, the pounds inevitably, and frustratingly, return. And, since the experts seem to disagree on what dietary composition is right for everyone, we recommend you see what works best for you:
- Stick to basics. All weight-maintenance plans should include plenty of vegetables and fiber.
- Find your formula. You can vary your intake of carbohydrates, protein, and fat to suit your needs; find the formula that works best for you.
- Move more. Regardless of diet, exercise is key for keeping pounds from returning. Start slow, strive for consistency and slowly and gradually increase intensity and frequency.
- Seek support. This helps keep you both committed and accountable.
It’s become common knowledge to know that either our weight controls us (through inactivity, illness and fatigue) or we control it by getting out and doing the things we know will help us be and remain as healthy as possible. In this life, it seems, there is always a “hard” part and an “easy” part. Unfortunately, by taking the easy part first, we must deal with the hard part later. Why not switch it up and do the hard part first so you can have it easier and healthier later!