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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."

Have you ever lost a ton of weight, only to gain it back? What was your experience?

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This is interesting and unfortunately weight loss is not maintained unless ones body is in a state of constant shock. This is from something no one wants to hear or accept "Genetics". I have learned that the battle you fight with yourself......YOU will eventually lose ( me too lol). our bodies are programmed with code and it cannot be permanently altered. We all have had friends or relatives with perfect bodies and perfect weight, they don't eat roots , only drink water and they don't run 10 miles a day. their "Genetic code" is programmed that way, so nothing is required to maintain it. like race, skin color, height, speech tones etc. We also know people that are always overweight no matter what they do or sacrifice. I have battled my genetic code my entire life and won most of the time, but now at 40 running 4 miles a day is no longer an option, I have had 4 spine surgeries, learned to walk again 3 times, heart surgery and a pacemaker all due to past Body Building in my youth "fighting the battle against myself", and again I have now lost. I have accepted I am now and will be overweight. THAT is and has always been my genetic code. I'm not saying give up on your health and wanting to look good for yourself and others, but learning to ACCEPT YOURSELF AS YOU ARE, and not who you wish you were, will save you many years of physical, psychological and emotional turmoil..
I heard it takes at least six months to get a set system in place! So maintenance for six months is really important! And people should always exercise regularly!
I gained some weight and I decided then that i must lose it again ..... just a change in the daily life of the system helps to burn fat fast, such as the practice of activity and change the date meals and actually lost 13 kilos, but I braced 6 kiloes As I become eat sweets, cakes and pastries like before, but I maintain the sport and eating small meals five times a day, which made me no more and more,
@itiswhatitis365 you definitely have a point. Thanks for commenting. Genetics does play a huge role -- it can either make it easier or harder to get to our end goal. I agree with you...we should definitely accept ourselves as we are.
I saw better food to eat.. lol 馃槀lol, loosing weight takes discipline, some of us don't have that. some don't have obedience in their heart, some don't have god in their lives, to tell them He made them this way and just love your. because he does.