Congratulations! You’ve worked hard, invested your time and willpower into the RM3® program, and you’ve finally reached your goal weight! Now, what? With RM3®, your weight loss is only the first step on your weight loss journey. The next step of RM3® is the Transition Month. Transition Month is an extremely crucial step in your journey, because before you add back some of your favorite foods, it’s important to recognize the real possibility of regaining the weight if the plan is not followed.
You’ve probably heard the statistic that 95% of people who lose weight regain it1 — and we’re here to put this myth to rest. While this scary statistic has been quoted widely, it remains part of the “mythology of obesity”, with the original study being conducted in the 1950’s! Let’s fast forward to the present, where we have advanced weight loss medication(s), supplements, fat burner boosters, and clinical support at Red Mountain to ensure regaining weight — isn’t a part of your weight loss story.
With Red Mountain’s RM3® comprehensive 3-Step program, your weight loss is only the first step on your weight loss journey. The next step is Transition Month. This 4-week period will help you stabilize your new weight and keep it off, for good. Read on to learn more about the importance of Transition Month and why you need it to prevent rebound weight gain.
Why do people regain weight after weight loss?
People regain weight after WL because they gradually go back to old eating habits. Consistency is important for long term maintenance.
According to a new study, the main reason is appetite. “People who successfully lose weight get really hungry. The body prompts us to eat about 100 calories more than usual for every two pounds or so of weight loss,” researchers found2.
Almost all prescription weight loss medications work by turning down a person’s appetite. It may be that people who lose weight can keep it off with the help of one of these drugs.
First, let’s acknowledge that food cravings happen, and are simply, inevitable. We’ve got 5 Tips for Better Self Control to help you curb those cravings. How else do we combat this new, voracious appetite?
Re-introducing healthy fats, increased calories, and increased exercising
At Red Mountain, we’ve designed an individualized diet that re-introduces healthy fats and increased calories back into your diet. And we’ve even created a repository of delicious healthy recipes for your enjoyment. We also encourage you to increase your cardio and muscle building exercises, too.
Here’s what a typical day could look like if you were on a 1,200 calorie diet during Transition Month:
You start off the day with a RWML Crab Meat Omelette breakfast. As you start your work day, you gather extra energy from snacking on an apple and two servings of pistachios.
In a packed work day, you grab a quick lunch with a RMWL Protein Shake, and a couple hours later, snack on an orange and almonds. Finally, your work day is done, and you can relax with a Chicken Avocado Salad and homemade RMWL Healthy Dressing to top it off. You’re so energetic from all the healthy food you’re eating that you stroll for an evening walk and catch the sunset.
But, what if I’m still hungry?
We’ve got just what the doctor ordered! Ask your Medical Provider for a prescription for Appetite Suppressants. In conjunction, we strongly recommend our Control Kit to help stave off cravings and supply that extra energy you need to get through Transition Month. It contains 4 Fat Burner Boosters: these are fat burning amino acids that help utilize fat stores for fuel and boost metabolism. The Fat Burner Booster Plus adds the long-acting vitamin B for improved energy throughout the week. In addition, the Control Kit contains 4 essential supplements that each serve a different purpose to stop regaining weight:
- Resveratrol: This is a strong anti-oxidant. Anti-oxidants lower inflammation and risk of diseases such as cancer and heart disease to name a few. It also induces metabolic changes that mimic the effects of a calorie restricted diet.
- Carb Control: A unique blend of three ingredients that have been shown to reduce the digestion of starches and absorption of glucose. In essence, it decreases carbohydrate absorption.
- CLA: CLA aids in weight loss by promoting muscle growth, as well as inhibiting the growth of fat cells. It helps maintain lean body mass by promoting utilization of fat stores for fuel.
- Carnitine Metaboost: A crucial nutrient for fat metabolism and it increases weight loss by promoting optimal fat burning. It causes utilization of fat stores for fuel also and not only helps preserve muscle mass but can help build muscle. It is great for pre-workout and decreases risk of hypoglycemia during a workout due to preservation of glucose from utilizing fat preferentially for energy.
In addition, we also have other medical-grade vitamins and supplements to help your body transition. Our favorites supplements are Carb Control, which reduces carb and sugar absorption, and Crave Control, which controls food cravings.
Adopting a healthy lifestyle
We have full confidence that you can do this! You’ve come so far on your weight loss journey, and we’re here to make sure you move forward, not backward. Once you stabilize your weight loss during the Transition Month, you’ll have one final step before completing your weight loss journey.
Included in your weight loss plan is the last, and final step in your 3-step program. Don’t forget to schedule your next evaluation with your medical provider to learn more about Lifetime Maintenance. Get ready to be the healthiest you’ve ever been, for the rest of your life!
1 Fritsch, Jane. (May 1999). “95% Regain Lost Weight. Or Do They?” The New York Times. https://www.nytimes.com/1999/05/25/health/95-regain-lost-weight-or-do-they.html
2 Goodman, Brenda. (October 2016). “People Who Lose Weight Gain It Back”. WebMD Health News. https://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=198722