Fall is Coming....

Labor Day usually signifies a time of transition and getting back to our routines. The kids are back in school and summer parties and backyard barbecue’s begin to wind down.

Autumn is just around the corner and it seems like the perfect time for me to share what just might be the “secret sauce” for success with the LeanMD program.

What I am referring to is the second part of the program called the Transition phase. I am excited to talk to you about the Transition phase because I believe it is a key component in learning how to live at your new healthier weight.

Most traditional or quick fix weight loss programs help you get some pounds off and then you’re done. And as you may know or have experienced, once you stop dieting the weight usually comes back on.

The difference with LMD is that they have built in the phases and steps to help you successfully keep the weight off and gradually move on to permanent and sustainable weight loss.

Sometimes when we lose weight we get sloppy and take in extra calories. Once I reached my goal weight and stayed there for a couple of weekly weigh-ins, my LMD mentor suggested we set up my Transition appointment

Once again, I met with my Medical Provider to go over all my vitals and metabolic numbers. We talked about how my transition program would work and how to gradually add back in calories and foods that I had limited during weight loss.

My provider reviewed my new Transition manual and gave me yet another great recipe booklet.

She carefully explained the process of balancing calorie intake versus output with my new post-weight loss caloric requirements. She told me that now was the time to begin a regular exercise routine.

I was truly elated to learn about the science of balancing calories and how it would help me keep my weight off for good. Also, I was told the Transition process could take a couple of weeks (typically 3 to 5 weeks) as my metabolism adjusted to maintaining versus losing.

My LMD mentor assured me she would still be there to answer all my questions as I began to navigate the waters of transitioning from losing to keeping the weight off.

My Tips for Transition Phase:

  • I recommend that if you have a busy schedule (like mine) you might consider purchasing the wifi-enabled scale. It is convenient to have virtual weigh-in appointments and it’s a great way to stay accountable.
  • Don’t feel deprived – try gradually adding back in some of your favorite starchy carbs and prevent boredom. I was so happy to have sweet potatoes again every once in a while.
  • Try a new workout class, treat yourself to some new (smaller) workout clothes or invest in a new pair of cross-trainers.
  • Continue to log your food and activity. This will help you adjust calories or activity if needed.
  • Be patient and hang in there. Next comes the Sustainable Loss phase – so you can learn how to maintain your new weight.
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*Specific results are not guaranteed and are a result of the individual customized weight loss plan for each patient, along with exercise, diet, and lifestyle changes.