But then he started eating "normally" again and gained back 50 lbs. He has switched back to limiting his carbs and admits that he may need to permanently do this in order to keep his weight under control. He's once again losing weight.
He saw what worked, and he saw what happened when he stopped doing what worked. Unfortunately, whatever weight-loss program that helped you drop the weight would be the program you'd have to live with forever -- unless you find a good substitute for it. What many people fail to see is that you can't just go on some temporary weight-loss journey, drop the weight, and then stop what you're doing. If the program works, you need to stick with it, even if you have to stick with it until you die.
Before you do anything, ask yourself if you're willing to do it forever. Whatever results you get from your activity would last as long as you continue with that activity. Once you stop the activity, you would reverse the results.
Think about your teeth. They don't just fall out because you're old. They fall out because you don't take care of them. You need to brush and floss your teeth forever if you want to keep them forever. Otherwise, once you stop your dental hygienic practices, say good-bye to your precious gums and teeth!
Think about your job. Once you quit, the income stops. As long as you're working, the income continues. Funny how that works, huh?
Think about your vehicle. If you want to keep using it, you will have to maintain it for as long as you have it. Once you stop doing that, sooner or later your car would just not start up. The mechanic would look at it and suggest that you buy another car!
When we start making New Year's resolutions, we don't consider that we have to commit to those resolutions forever. One of the main resolutions is weight-loss. Good! But, you have to commit to that goal forever, unless you want to lose 50 lbs and gain it back. Whatever you do to lose the weight needs to be done to maintain that weight while you live. Once you stop, everything goes back to "factory mode."
Some time ago, I've noticed that when I don't participate in cardio exercises for a long time, my knees would get stiff. I mean, they would get so stiff that it would HURT to squat down and pick up something. But once I started doing cardio again, my knees would feel awesome! I could squat down with no pain! I guess cardio would be in my life forever if I want my knees to feel good everyday.
Strength is something you don't get to keep unless you're doing strength-training exercises. I remember what it was like to be weak. When I was in middle school, I was so weak and chubby that I couldn't climb the rope in P.E. class. I had NO upper body strength. Today, doing pull-ups, push-ups, and planks are no problems, but ONLY because I continually do strength-training exercises. Once I stop doing those exercises, it would be middle school all over again. And when I get old, I'd be one of those types who would fall down and can't get back up.
Back in EMS, we got several calls of individuals who had fallen and couldn't get back up. Their upper body strength was gone. One poor woman fell in the bathroom and laid on the floor the entire night! All her strength was gone.
Whatever you do to get something, you need to keep doing it if you want to keep it.
Stop thinking that you're going to "try it out." If you try it and it works, then you need to be willing to do it forever. There is NOTHING in this world that you could do temporarily and expect to keep the results that you've obtained from it.
Even the very language that you speak would go away if you stop speaking it. One lady at the gym I work at is from Puerto Rico and her first language is Spanish. However, since she has been in the United States for so long and deeply immersed in English, she is starting to lose touch with her first language. One of my old college buddies told me that he doesn't even speak his first language anymore. He lost it!
What is it that you want? Now, are you willing to make a permanent commitment to keep it? Whether it's weight-loss, good health, the ability to speak a second or third language, or to make a certain amount of money per month, you need to permanently devote yourself to the activities that enabled you to obtain these things.
Commitment is eternal. You either do it forever or you don't do it. The good news is that if what you're doing actually works, then it will always work as long as you do it. The bad news is that unless you could replace your activity with something else that's comparable, then you will lose EVERYTHING once you stop that activity.
Before you jump in the water, ask yourself if you want to live in it. Before you fly, ask yourself if you want to stay airborne. Before you start that marathon, ask yourself if you're willing to stay in the race until you reach the very end -- the very end of your life, that is. Don't get involved unless you're willing to finish it out.