Present day health/fitness advertisements misleadingly place a time frame on health/fitness. "Achieve this amount of weight loss in only 8 weeks!", "Lose 8 inches off of your stomach in only 4 weeks!" and I'm sure you can think of many others that have been displayed on television, radio, billboards, and the internet. The greatest misconceiving ideal behind health/fitness is that after its goal is achieved, there's nothing else that needs to be done. Again, another falsehood that leads down a disastrous road! Many believe that the work to achieve such health/fitness goals are finalized like a graduation to never return to that same work-based criteria.
I've actually had people tell me that they only need to attend one class because they only need to lose "X" amount of pounds. I've also had people to tell me that they weren't returning because they've achieved their goal. And I've even heard people tell others "You don't need to keep working out because you already lost the weight!" This happens because many people have a huge misunderstanding of how the human body works. The amount of work that has to be done to achieve such is solely because we are changing the body from what IT wants to be to what WE want it to be!
After the physical change, the body will do it's best to return to its "Comfortable State" the moment training stops! The truth of the matter is, it's a lot more difficult to maintain that level of health or physique after the the goal has been reached because it requires a specific lifestyle. You'll then have to maintain that high level of discipline to abstain from certain foods and continue to train, even when you don't want to. The discipline should never subside. Much like a doctor frequently returning to their studies and continues to learn as well and undergo further research in their area of study. It's genuinely about the lifestyle. If the "lifestyle" approach isn't taken, one will always have to start over, find themselves training to lose weight before a vacation or trip, or God forbid having to fit into a wedding dress 1 month away! You will always have to continue a consistent exercise regime to maintain the results acquired.
There should never be a RUSH to acquire a certain level of Weight Loss/Health/Fitness for a specific event. You should already be in that healthy lifestyle not worrying about the stresses of REACQUIRING a goal previously accomplished but lost due to a lake of discipline! The training to acquire a particular goal MUST BE CONTINUED after the goal is reached in order to keep the results acquired...if not...I wouldn't work out at all either...TRUST!!! LOL!