Have You Been Through A Weight Or Fat-Loss Journey But Can't Keep The Kilos Off?
Oxygen Magazine Australia|Issue 99

Or are you struggling to bust a plateau? This may be why…

Matt Legge

Everything from water weight and muscle-loss versus fat-loss to your hormones (hello dodgy thyroid) and sugar-crazed gut bugs. We give you the lowdown on keeping off the rebound weight and busting through those pesky plateaus.

So, you look amazing! Congratulations - you made the commitment to a weight loss campaign. You had a vision, created a plan and some deadlines and dates to turn your dream into a goal… and you did it! All that sacrifice by you and your family and friends, your dedication and hard work paid off. You look great! You have never looked and felt so great and now our campaign is over. Congratulations! High-five and goodbye.

So, what do I do now?

We have two options:

1 Reward ourselves excessively in the short term before “rebounding” or “yo-yo-ing” until we are back where we started or, in some cases, a worse place. OR

2 Create a new plan to keep our new body and then start fine tuning to see what this new machine is capable of. Statistics say there is a fair chance we will go with option 1 if we do not create a plan for option 2. I don’t know the exact statistics but based on how many people ask about “metabolic damage”, “reverse dieting”, “rebound weight gain” or just complain that their coach or practitioner let them down or wrecked them, I know it is lots. You are different now. Your life must change to fit this new you. Your old ways will recreate the ‘old you’.

Let’s create a plan to keep the weight off

Notice how I said weight up until now and not fat. It is important to know what you are made of before, during and after your “weight-loss” campaign. What makes up your “weight” and when your weight changes; what is changing? Muscle, fat or fluid? The one you are losing or gaining may be a major factor in your ability to keep the weight off.

And by the way, we want fat loss, not weight loss. So, we need to measure muscle, fat and fluid to know what is happening. Work with your coach or healthcare professional to measure and monitor your body properly. Do not measure your progress using the scales alone.

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