Reason #3: Your body adapts to your fitness routine, so may not be burning the same amount of calories that you did when you started your working out.
Been hitting the gym regularly, but the pounds still seem to be creeping back on? Blame the efficiency of your body for that one. “When you do specific movements over and over, your body 'learns' those movements and is naturally programmed to become better at them," Olson says. "In sports, this is quite helpful: professional tennis players can play brutal matches in the heat for hours six or seven days in a row! They expend nowhere near the energy it would take the rest of us. This is why you have to alternate your workouts and find fresh movements and fresh exercise formats if you want to continue to burn a specific number of calories on a regular basis.”
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Reason #4: You can’t stay on a diet forever, and if you cut out certain foods in order to lose weight, adding them back in can cause weight gain.
Been in pasta heaven since going off your diet? Cutting out foods like bread, pasta, potatoes, and other 'carbs' is an easy way to cut calories and lose weight, but what happens when you begin eating them again? The scale will likely take notice.
"It’s not a good idea to cut out a specific food group or stay on a very limited calorie diet," Olson says. "There is nothing magical about cutting out a food group for weight loss. If you limit an entire food group (such as carbs), you are really limiting your overall calories. It is much better to reduce total calories moderately from all food groups to limit normal (and healthy) cravings for those foods and to rid your house of refined snacks such as chips and sweets—food items you can live without (that only add low-nutrient calories)."
Reason #5: Old habits die hard.
Out with friends? They may be more likely to pressure you into old eating habits now that you've "lost the weight." Or, maybe you’re more likely to indulge yourself again, rationalizing that you "deserve" that extra cookie now that you’ve made it back into your skinny jeans.
Set a good example for your friends instead of letting them coerce you back into your old ways. Order up a skinny cocktail and pick smart choices from the menu when out with the girls. And enjoy healthier versions of your favorite treats on occasion. Maintaining your weight doesn’t mean you can’t indulge from time to time, just be sure not to let it become all of the time.