weight maintenance FAQs
You've lost the weight . . . now what? Get answers to common weight maintenance questions.
Does there come a time that your body says you are where you need to be?
By dotFIT experts
on October 07, 2008
You may be at a plateau, which eventually happens to everyone. As you get in shape, you become more efficient at burning calories (like getting a tune-up for your car) which means that you burn fewer calories than you used to.
Will eating after 7 p.m. result in weight gain?
By dotFIT experts
on November 18, 2008
No. Weight gain is a result of eating more calories than you burn on a regular basis, not when you eat.
Can you give me some tips for maintaining my weight loss?
By dotFIT experts
on October 06, 2008
If you are determined to keep the weight off then you will be motivated enough to do what it takes to maintain. The maintenance phase of weight loss is the most challenging because the excitement of the weight loss experience has come to an end, and the old habits start to creep back.
What can be used to boost metabolism?
Anyone can boost their metabolism by simply consistently increasing their physical activities, including standing and moving in
What happens when I reach a healthy weight?
The goal will be to maintain your healthy weight, which has been an elusive proposition for most dieters. The large majority of
How much physical activity do I need to control my weight?
If you are watching and controlling your caloric intake, you can probably get away with the minimum recommendation of 150 min/week of what
What are the characteristics of successful weight losers?
Successful weight losers would be defined as people that lose weight and keep it off for at least 3 years. Successful weight losers/maintainers never
Why do you gain weight when you're stressed?
Not everybody does; in fact it’s quite common to lose weight when highly stressed. Stress affects everyone differently and that includes how
Why does a high-fat diet cause more weight gain than a high-protein diet?
In very simple terms, a high-fat diet cannot satisfy your appetite as well as a high-protein diet when the calories are equal in both. This
Is there a safe medication that can be used to lose weight?
Yes, but not many. The most popular drugs prescribed for weight loss are Phenterimine (an appetite suppressant) and Xenical, which blocks
Is it true that 60 percent of Americans are overweight?
No, 65% are—and believe it or not, that’s the good news. According to a new study, the majority of the remaining 35% are simply
Why is it important to understand the difference between fat loss and weight loss?
Losing muscle is not generally healthy, slows our metabolism and can be debilitating in the long run when it comes to daily functioning. Therefore the
I only eat 1000 calories daily but can't lose weight. Do I have a slow metabolism? What should I do?
With all due respect, only a 90LB bedridden person would burn so few calories daily. Therefore, unless that describes you, you need to improve the
I am struggling to lose that last little bit of belly fat. What is the best way to lose that little pooch below the belly button?
There is no such thing a spot reducing so no exercise by itself will work for your "pooch." Unfortunately it’s going to be all about your calorie balance, meaning you
Is it possible to lose fat and build muscle without losing weight?
Yes, and it’s very common among athletes, especially bodybuilders and people new to weight training but it requires daily food planning and supplementation
What happens to a person's metabolism when they consistently eat too little?
Contrary to popular belief, nothing truly significant happens to your metabolism at anytime except in severe starvation when your body fat would be EXTREMELY low
How can I stop eating so much?
You are not alone; in fact, we are all "wired to eat" whenever food is available as it is a leftover survival trait that allowed our species to survive
How can a female athlete maintain a healthy body?
By definition a female athlete should have a healthy body if they are following proper athletic eating, supplementing and training plans. Therefore