By Sherali S. Bharwani

A lot of things go up and down other than your weight. An elevator, a roller coaster, the stock market, a yo-yo! But you never worry about anything else. Well.. that’s understandable.

You have tried everything from very common to very strange and sometimes downright crazy. Restricted foods, unbalanced diets, drugs, supplements, surgery, strenuous exercise are just a few to mention. But no matter what you do, your excess weight keeps coming back.

Everyone knows what to do but nobody really knows! Everyone has heard how to keep weight off. “Eat sensibly and exercise“. But, few people manage to do it. 

That’s because no matter how much advice they have heard, and no matter how motivated they are to succeed, most people still don’t know the #1 secret to keeping off weight. What is that #1 secret?

The #1 secret to keeping off weight is maintaining an ‘Energy Balance’. Your energy balance is simply the balance between how many calories your body absorbs and burns. Absorb more calories than you burn, and you gain weight. 

No matter what you eat or how much you eat, and no matter how active or inactive you are, your inability to properly modify your energy balance is the primary reason you can’t keep the weight off!

And, if there is one thing that diets never tell you, it’s how to properly modify and maintain your energy balance. In my opinion, they purposefully skip over all that ‘boring energy balance stuff’. Why would they want you to know about it instead of keeping you going back to them to lose same 10, 20, 30 or more pounds over and over again.

So, how do you go about properly modifying your energy balance? By feel? No way! If that was possible, you would never have the weight problem in the first place!

Eating perfectly isn’t the answer either. It’s impossible for most people to eat perfectly most of the time. Even those people who manage to keep their weight off don’t always eat perfectly. But nevertheless, somehow they still manage to keep their weight off.

Just exercising more isn’t the answer either. Think about this. The more you exercise, the hungrier you get. And the hungrier you get, the more you eat! How do you manage weight then?

What’s actually needed in order to keep a perfect Energy Balance is to have the right information with the right tools to assist you with determining your exact calorie and exercise needs and designing your daily diet menus. Only then, will you be able to keep off weight permanently!