Have you guys read the New York Times article about the Biggest Loser Contestants that regained weight that sent kicked up a lot of dust and had a lot of fitness related people in the industry losing their entire minds over it?
If you haven’t you should. When I initially read the article I didn’t know how to feel–honestly I thought everyone knew that most of the contestants gained back the weight for many reasons but mainly that it is nearly impossible to keep the same kind of diet and exercise regiment that they experienced on the ranch. Somehow when I read through it a second time I realized that not only are they talking about the show contestants but they were talking about ME too. It turns out that it’s a lot deeper than not eating properly or exercising less.
Let me explain.
The article mentions that people who are obese (me, by BMI standards) can never lose weight successfully because their metabolism basically stops working at the rate it used to. While losing weight the metabolism effectively stops working and it becomes harder and harder to lose weight because your body is working against you in all of your effort.
I was struck by this because I am a repeat “loser”. I’ve lost the same 30 pounds for years. Twice pregnancy related, once all on my own. It was discouraging to read because I saw so much of myself in the article…1200 calorie diets…excessive amount of exercise…eating all the healthy things yet–the weight is slow to drop or worst of all I gain. I swear, nothing screwed more with my psyche than GAINING weight (10lbs+!!) during marathon training last year.
Reading about the fact that my body may not ever be able to properly lose weight was simply demoralizing. What am I working towards? If science says I’m destined to fail then what is the point?!
Where do I go from here?
I know that I can’t be discouraged because of one article. I know 1200 calories is not my magic number (or the best number) but I’m trying different calorie amounts to find my sweet spot. In addition to “just eating healthy” I need to maintain a caloric goal because honestly it keeps me accountable.
Don’t give up
I am here to encourage every person who is restarting on yet another weight loss journey or maybe even their first. It will take hard work, and a lot of sweat and tears. Whether our bodies are actually working against us or not, our minds are the most powerful weapon. Our metabolisms may be slower, and we simply may not be able to eat the way we want to. It is up to us to fight back, stay focused and win the race.
What did you guys think about the article? How would you advise someone who feels like giving up because science is against them?