You worked your ass off, coming off from over 200-something pounds, to a lean 140 pounds. But, the hard work just didn't stick.
According to a 2014 study, 87 percent of the participants in the study who had lost at least 30 pounds for at least a year, maintained at least 10 percent of that weight loss in over a decade.
It seems like there are a ton of weight loss stories, but there is hardly a conversation about the weight gain that may follow. Unfortunately, weight loss isn't a race where there is a end goal -- it's work that must be continued, even after the great weight loss.
This sort of thing happens quite often, it even happened to me. I went from over 200 pounds to 145 pounds. Then I gained about 25 pounds of that back -- bringing me to a steady 170 pounds.
I thought starting the fitness journey was hard -- until I hit this weird thing called 'maintenance.' Researchers at the University of California at Los Angeles studied 31 participants and found that 2/3 of the dieters regained their weight. Yikes.
So what's the deal?
There may be many reasons as to why losing weight can be such a unpredictable roller coaster. One of those reasons can be that some dieters go on a very restrictive diet for those very quick results. And although we may see those fast results, the moment we increase our caloric intake, our bodies freaks the fuck out.
"One reason it's difficult to keep weight off is because there is a metabolic overcompensation for weight loss," says Gary Foster, Ph.D., director of the Center of Obesity Research and Education at Temple University in Philadelphia. "If you decrease your body mass by 10 percent, you would expect your metabolic rate to decrease by 10 percent, but it actually slows down more than that, by about 11 to 15 percent."