Changing our mindset or our behaviors is very difficult. Especially when we are speaking of changing our eating habits. Most people start a “diet” (forbidden word) or healthy eating plan to lose weight. However, what you really want is fat loss.
Diets that severely restrict caloric intake may offer results, but they trigger a “starvation response” in which the body slows down its metabolic rate to conserve energy. Once the goal weight is reached and normal eating resumes, the body gains weight even faster because it requires fewer calories just to maintain normal body functions.
In addition, rapid weight loss results in the loss of large amounts of glycogen, water, minerals, and muscle and organ protein. These undesirable losses of lean body mass are coupled with only minimal losses in fat.
So, when you are ready to make a change for your health. Make sure you seek out a certified and licensed professional to guide you through your changes. And, in addition to using the scale as a measurement tool, have your body fat percentage taken as well.