Thursday, April 25, 2013

Why Does Weight Loss Really Plateau?

Why do we always find ourselves in a constant uphill fight when it comes to weight loss?  Every website known to man tells you that cutting your calories and doing the so called "cardio" is the key. Many times when I see these websites I can't help but to laugh because all I hear is blah blah blah. The same stuff repeatedly drilled into every weight conscious persons mind. Let's be honest, their are thousands of people out their looking for the million dollar answer to weight loss. Is their really an answer though? Their have been thousands of diets invented that promote this and that but most times they seem to fall short of expectations. One cannot hold high hopes of any diet providing the key to weight loss. Any diet we as humans do will only have a very acute effect on our body. That is the main reason why we feel that any diet might be "working" in the beginning stages. The diet seems to be just "perfect" as we start, but our hopefulness in the beginning turns into grave disappointment and frustration by the end. Their is one simple answer for this crazy phenomenon, it is called homeostasis, the bodies way of maintaining our boundaries. It is a system designed to keep us in check from any positive or negative extremes. For example, when a person loses a large amount of weight in a short period of time they should not make hopeful dreams of keeping the weight off. In the end, their body will adapt to the large deficiency in calories and through the homeostasis process the body will slow down the metabolism to accompany for the reduction in calories. Their is no nice way to put this but the body will always try as hard as it can to keep itself at a point it favors. Only through long-term positive lifestyle changes can one expect to really see the results that they want. With persistence and duration, accompanied by good nutrition habits and no yo-yo diets a person can make big impacts on their physique. It is all about finding what works best for you and tweaking it to your favor.
Samet Galiboglu, ACE-CPT
American Council of Exercise National Certification
NETA Specialty Certification