Dietary Therapy

After starting the treatment, weight loss should progress smoothly. However, after a certain period, the body begins to adapt to the treatment and weight loss tends to stagnate. The adaptation phenomenon occurs when the rate of weight loss slows and eventually stagnates at one point. However, the plateau period is not a bad thing. Rather, it is a necessary component of losing weight with stability. Undergoing the plateau—in which the rate of weight loss decreases—means that the body is adjusting to the weight loss and entering into stability. This stair-like weight loss leads to a more stable weight loss and even fights against yo-yoing.

Things to Watch Out for while on the Diet

The first thing to consider is what to eat while on the program. In the dietary therapy, it is crucial to note the quality of the food one is consuming. This is due to the fact that even the same amount of food can lead to different calories. In general, the consumption of 1 gram of fat equals 9 calories, whereas 1 gram of carbohydrates and 1 gram of protein equals 4 calories, and depending on how the food is prepared, the calorie count can increase. Therefore, you must be careful of the food you consume and avoid foods that are high in calories per gram. Secondly, you must consider portion control. Even if the food you consume is low in calories, if you do not control your portions, weight gain is inevitable. The diet must be structured around the essential nutrients, and you must consume adequate amounts. Lastly, the speed and timing of food consumption is also very important. In general, it takes approximately 20 minutes from the time food enters the stomach for the brain to receive the signals, so you are more likely to overeat when you eat quickly. If you eat slowly enough for the brain’s nucleus to register the fullness, the brain will also feel full and food can be limited to the right amount to appease hunger. In addition, since more energy is expended throughout the day relative to the evening, it is recommended that you eat a full breakfast and a light dinner.