The diet bomb
I read somewhere: “Once you have followed a (calorie limiting) diet, you can never eat the same as before without gaining weight.” Never. Of course I heard of the yo-yo effect before, but something about this sentence hit me like a bomb. I knew that following a diet is unhealthy, because you gain weight faster afterwards. Unless you keep up with it your whole life. During the diet, your body enters a sort of ‘famine-state’. As soon as you start eating normal again, which you will, your body will put extra effort into storing fat. You know, because it wants to be prepared this time, when the next famine hits. And, there is bonus-effect: your metabolism slows down during the diet (because the fat-muscle ratio changes), so every bite puts some extra weight in (pun intended).
So now for the shock. The thing I never realized before, is that this effect is Never. Going. Away. It’s like setting a new baseline. Say you could eat 2000 calories before you started your diet. Then you limit that to 1500 calories while losing weight. By doing that, you are making 1500 calories your new maximum. So now, for the rest of your life, you’ll be gaining weight above that number, instead of over 2000. So basically, you’re putting yourself on a lifelong chain by starting a diet.
What you can do
But, there is hop on the horizon. You can do something to eat more than those 1500 calories, without gaining weight. By adding some extra exercise, you can compensate whatever more you’re consuming. Just make sure you don’t get so hungry from working out, that you’ll start eating even more. Lucky me, I was always sort of lazy. So now at least I can make use of this hack and make every step I take weigh in.