I read a fascinating article yesterday about mountain climbers. It was the Headline that caught my attention;
Mount Everest record-holder says — ‘it’s the trek down that kills people!‘
Veteran Everest climber Kami Rita Sherpa — (who holds the world record for Everest summits with 24 to his name). Said all Everest climbers should focus on making sure they have enough energy to get back down the mountain.
And that’s the thing, most people don’t even consider the journey down. All their attention is on clambering up 8849 meters of rock reaching the summit and celebrating.
Which is the same when people are working on a weight loss goal, when they manage to meet their goal weight they fail with keeping it off!
Most people don’t even contemplate the part where it comes to maintaining their new shape. (That’s if they get there).
Which is why so many people rebound hard to a wosre postion than which they started. That’s because they only tackled the diet aspect of their lifestyle and not the other aspects which have an effect on their diet.
They are hanging by a thread. Until the other factors that haven’t been addressed (stress, poor recovery, poor sleep, inactivity) start to make an impact. Then the diet gives way, which sees the weight rebound.
Your weight management is an indicator that those other factors in your life are in a good place (excluding smokers). So it is prudent that those things are addressed as well as your diet.
Rather than all the attention put on your diet, getting to a certain weight, falling down the mountain and ending up in a mess at the bottom.