Every day, our body burns calories simply by existing. When we consume more calories than our body uses for energy, we gain weight. When we consume less calories than our body uses for energy, we lose weight.When we consume the same amount of calories that our body uses for energy, we maintain weight. But there is a catch - the less a person weighs, the less energy their body uses to simply exist.
Therefore, weight loss will slow down the longer a person is on a diet. (Additionally, people tend to lose less water weight as a diet progresses, so there is a marked difference in the scale). This is why when people lose all of their extra weight and are working to only maintain their current weight they are not able to go back to eating the way they did before they started the diet. They simply don’t need as many calories anymore. As a diet progresses, because we weigh less and our body therefore burns less calories, we don’t see the same results from following the diet. Also, because we weigh less, a “cheat” will result in more weight gain than if it would’ve happened earlier on in the diet.
As time goes on, if you follow the diet to the letter, you will become less hungry and be able to eat even less without feeling deprived. This way you can continue losing nicely even though your body is burning less calories. However, if you are constantly modifying the diet on your own, you may get hungrier as the diet progresses and make things unnecessarily challenging for yourself. As we continue, we will discuss why people can’t just simply “eat less” and expect to lose weight. It’s a lot more sophisticated than this.