Losing weight is a lot easier than keeping it off. Truth is, diets can work-in the short-term. Whether it’s going low-carb, tallying factors, or counting calories from fat, many plans (when implemented) will indeed result in dropped pounds. But most diets fail because you eventually feel hungry and deprived ultimately, scrap the plan, and regain the lost weight (and, in many cases, even more).
It’s no wonder: As your weight decreases, your metabolism drops, and you will need less food every day. Yet as you restrict how much you take in, your body’s hunger hormones nudge one to eat more. It becomes a physical and psychological struggle that can feel impossible (not forgetting miserable).
“Food restriction is not a long term answer to weight problems,” says obesity researcher James Hill, PhD. Sure, you will need to eat less than you were before, says Hill. Nevertheless, you should prioritize finding a lesser intake that feels satisfying–then constitute the difference with exercise. For example, let’s say you’ve lost 10 percent of your weight, a day to maintain that new weight and you also now need 150-200 fewer calories. You have to permanently fill that distance. You could eat 150-200 fewer calories by never having an afternoon snack or eating an extremely small breakfast-both of which will probably cause you to hungry.
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Or you could increase your activity by 150-200 calories from fat by going for a power walk, taking a fitness class, or biking. “Physical activity should be traveling the bus during weight maintenance,” says Hill, Director of the Nutrition Obesity Research Center at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. How much exercise will do? For many people, the sweet spot is 60 minutes a day, though some social people will need more and some less. Hill, co-founder of the National Weight Control Registry (a registry of individuals who’ve successfully lost weight and kept it off), a day says people in the Registry exercise for typically an hour. And as you’ve heard before, you don’t have to get it all at once. The day accumulates too Movement throughout.
But these weight limits are pushing me near the breaking point. The Scout fitness-fascist leaders hope these weight limitations will motivate unwanted fat folks to get off their butts and lose weight, and that the final result will be a more fit society. They think it will motivate fat people to lose weight if they are not allowed to take part in some activities. I believe they’re wrong. I think extra fat kids in Scouts shall only feel more isolated and stigmatized, opt out of the more challenging outings, drop out at earlier ages, or worse yet, won’t join Scouts in any way.
And that will barely promote Scouting’s goal of enhancing society’s fitness levels, getting more kids out into character, and developing future market leaders. I don’t believe the answer is more restrictive weight limits but instead more inclusiveness and focus on fitness as the target, instead of on arbitrary weight limits. The purpose of increasing fitness in Scouts is a valid one. But this isn’t the true way to encourage it.