Is losing weight and maintaining weight loss the same?

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The short answer is no. Typically it takes about 6-12 months to achieve goal weight, mainly though creating caloric deficit. This can be eating less, or burning more energy, or both.  When we lose 10-20% of our body weight, not only we lost the fat tissue, we also lost some of the muscle. Therefore, the basal metabolic rate will decrease. This means that in order to maintain the weight loss, we will need to continue at a lower daily caloric intake, or we build muscle through resistance training, or both. The body composition analyzer we use for every follow up, will give us more accurate information in terms of how much muscle we have gained or lost, and an estimate basal metabolic rate will be calculated to guide the daily caloric intake.

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