Since last November, when I was riding my bike pretty regularly, I have gained back 10 lbs. It seems like this is where my body is most comfortable. I am happy with my weight and how I feel right now. I know I can't go to sleep at the wheel, though. Eating right, watching my calories and macros, exercising, drinking water...this is key to maintaining my weight. As I ride my bike more and more this spring and summer, I may lose those 10 lbs. again, I may not. I'm not too worried about it either way.
So, let me be clear, and I am no expert, so take what I say as you please. Losing weight means changing your lifestyle.
This means changing the way you eat, drink, and exercise. But it also means changing the way you think about food. If you get careless, you can't be surprised to see the scale change. If you take shortcuts, the same holds true.
If you go BACK to the way you lived before you lost the weight, you WILL gain the weight back. You will. I can guarantee that. If you maintain your NEW way of living, if it truly is a lifestyle change, then you don't need to fret about gaining the weight back.
It is important to weigh yourself weekly. Monitor changes and make adjustments to your caloric intake accordingly. Do not starve yourself to lose 5-10 lbs. really fast. Cutting back like that will mess with your metabolism. Your weight will fluctuate every day, so weighing in daily can lead to unbalance in your perspective of weight.
So, I ask you again, why bother trying? My life has changed completely. Losing weight has given me freedom to try new things, to meet new people, to enjoy life in a way I never imagined. I am free from chronic pain and fatigue. I have a new bounce in my step. It's worth it. It is.
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