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Why some people regain lost weight

If you’ve spent any time reading diet books, you’re probably familiar with a statistic quoted by many—the one that goes something like, “95 percent of people who lose weight end up regaining it within one year.” Its origins are a tiny study conducted in 1959 at the Yale Center for Eating and Weight Disorders—one that involved a mere 100 participants—and another group of researchers have since disproven it. Upon review of more than 2,000 success stories recorded in the National Weight Control Registry, Dr. Wena Ring and Dr. James O. Hill found that dieters who lose at least 30 pounds (the minimum required to participate in the registry) tend to maintain that loss for an average of 5.5 years. Many maintain it for much longer.
Of course, some people who reach their weight loss goals do end up regaining those stubborn pounds, and the reasons for this are many.
They don’t modify their lifestyle – The quickest way to put pounds back on after a diet is to return to your old ways. If cutting out processed foods got you to where you want to be, you can bet that restocking your kitchen with chips and pastries will do nothing to keep you there—and neither will ditching your running shoes for comfy slippers. Rather than resorting to a fad diet or overly restrictive meal plan to lose weight, make sustainable and healthy modifications to your lifestyle. This means learning to eat whole, nutritious foods and making a permanent place for exercise in your schedule.
They don’t get enough sleep – Several studies have shown that the fatigue caused by lack of sleep can lead to an increased craving for junk food. It can also disrupt your hormones, specifically your body’s production of ghrelin and leptin. Ghrelin lets you know when you’re hungry; leptin tells you when you’re full. Unfortunately, when you’re sleep deprived your body makes more of the first and less of the latter—an imbalance that can easily lead to regained pounds.
They don’t control their stress – Stress can also disrupt your body’s hormones. Sometimes, like when you’re trying to outrun a lion, this is a good thing. The increased production of cortisol will help you function under pressure. Unfortunately, most of us don’t have to deal with lions anymore—instead we worry about the mortgage, our job, the kids, our spouse, the country, our health, and everything else under the sun. This can kick cortisol production into overdrive—and that will increase your craving for junk food.
Quite frankly these can all contribute to weight gain, however weight can be regained under any circumstance if the underlying cause for the weight has not been identified. It is easy to change your actions in the beginning to lose weight, however it is not sustainable if the core reason for the weight has not been tackled. Overeating causes most people to gain weight. My job is to find out why you are overeating so that your weight issues are permanently resolved which for you means no more weight gain. Yes this is possible with the tools and techniques I use in my 3-step program. We start from the cause, then the solution, and then you begin to see the results.
In a busy, stressful world where convenience is king, maintaining weight loss can difficult, however with our program our clients have been able to lose weight permanently. Visit our website at to learn more about our programs and services.

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