November 12, 2014
Once we have lost our desired weight we sometimes
find that keeping it off maybe equally as difficult as losing it. We’re
often told that a gradual weight loss process would be more conducive to
keeping the pounds off as compared to more rapid weight loss. However
there’s a recent study that combats that thought process.
Recent study published in The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology concluded
that the rate you lose weight at has little to no bearing on regaining
the weight. When it comes to regaining weight you lost it maybe more of a
matter of bad habits developed during losing weight as opposed to how
long it took you to lose it.
You may alter your diet strictly to lose weight
instead of leading a healthy lifestyle, meaning your diet may not
acclimate well when you reach your target weight. It’s possible that you
slip right back into those food pitfalls that you were once in, causing
a regain of weight.
It could also be the “I made it” factor, where you
reach your goal and think the job is done. Once you reached your goal of
a target weight, you’re next goal should be doing what it takes to keep
it off. Remember, journeys like this don’t necessarily end, but you
don’t want to have to keep going back to the starting point either.
I say all this to say that although studies like
this aren’t on a person-by-person basis, the results do make sense.
Hopefully while we’re losing weight we are developing good habits along
the way that will be beneficial for keeping the weight off.
Links: The Lancet, Diabetes in Control, Medical Xpress