#4 – Those who Finish Last are the Big Winners
Fact: The most important part of any weight loss program is the maintenance portion. Of course, the actual weight loss phase is highly essential as well, but the maintenance phase is quite often neglected. Think about it – you start a program, do extremely well and lose your weight; then what happens? You think to yourself, “Man, I’ve done so well and I feel great! I have totally conquered this weight loss thing! I think I can start eating regular food again!” Now, this confidence is wonderful and much deserved; however, re-read that last sentence again. What is this “regular” food? The chips, burgers, ice cream, etc… that you used to eat? Ok, of course, you can eat those on occasion, but when you go straight from a specific weight loss program back out into the “real world”, so to speak, things can get a little shaky.
Why? Well, for one, eating those “regular” foods will likely make you feel like sick afterward. I can’t tell you how many times I have heard clients say they went on vacation, out to eat or where ever and made a poor choice in foods, only to be sorry that they did. (I’ve been there, I’m only human. J) After eating a diet of whole foods, such as fruit, vegetables, lean meats and whole grains, your body begins to recognize those processed foods as poison and rejects them, making you feel fairly terrible for a while.
So how do you transition from your weight loss plan into a ‘rest-of-your-life’ plan? With our help, of course! 😉 Our method – the calorie adjustment phase – is tried and true, and it helps clients both physically and mentally as they add in different foods and gradually more calories. This smooth transition leads into the maintenance phase. During this six month phase you are making your own food choices following some basic guidelines, and as always, guidance from us when you need it. Our clients who follow program completely through the maintenance phase have the highest success rate because they have truly made it a lifestyle change. I know it sounds cliché, but it’s the truth: When it becomes a lifestyle change, it becomes a habit, and when it becomes a habit it becomes second nature. Which is exactly what we want to get back to, eating foods from nature, not the processing plant.
P.S. – If you’re a client of ours, you understand the meaning of the rock in the pic. And remember, a river cuts through rock not because of its power, but its persistence.