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No More Yoyo Diets!!!

When the New Year comes upon us, one of the most common resolutions is to lose weight. However, statistics show that the majority of successful individuals’ that achieve their weight loss goals will eventually end up regaining their lost pounds or more after they stop their diet. So, how do we avoid the common yoyo effect in the weight loss industry? More importantly, how do we maintain the dual aesthetic and health benefits that come with losing weight?

One thing that is important to understand in order to avoid regaining your weight, is what happens to our body when we lose weight. In order to burn fat and lose weight our body must first use up it’s readily available storage of carbohydrates (sugar), which is the preferred gas or “energy” of our muscles. Once we have gone through the majority of this fuel and our sugar is relatively low, this triggers the body to begin using it’s alternative fuel source, fat. Fat then becomes the primary fuel source but our muscles can and will continue to try to use sugar. Since sugar continues to be used and it’s already relatively low, any further drop would start causing a feeling dizziness and eventually cause the person to pass out. So Mother Nature has figured out a way of preventing this excessive fall in blood sugar while we engage in prolonged exercise or have limited food intake. The primary way that the body avoids the sugar from dropping too low is by producing small amounts of sugar itself. In order to make sugar the body must first breakdown muscle in the body to obtain the necessary protein needed in the sugar making process (a process called gluconeogenesis – and you thought you would never use that high school biology). While this is great and vital to our survival, it is not good when it comes to losing and maintaining weight loss long term. The reason for this is that muscle is a crucial part of our body’s metabolism, the more we have the more calories we burn a day and vice versa. Calculate that an average rate of muscle loss with weight loss is approximately 8 to 10% of the total pounds lost. Say someone loses 10 pounds, then approximately 0.8 to 1 pound of the weight loss was actual loss in muscle! In general the more weight loss achieved, the greater the muscle loss. As our levels of muscle go down, so does our metabolism! So when you reach your weight loss goals and you look and feel great, just remember that your only half way through your quest in reaching long term weight loss results. The process of rebuilding and restoring muscle you lost during the weight loss process back to normal must now begin and is just as important as losing weight itself. If this muscle is not restored you may be thinner but at a price of overall slower metabolism. This significantly increases the chances of regaining weight and initiating the so called yoyo effect.

At our weight loss center, we not only help you attain your weight loss goals, but have developed a maintenance program designed to address the feared yoyo effect. So start to lose that unwanted fat but not your precious muscle!

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