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August 26, 2013 11:13 AM
The reason I am asking is the BBC program "The men who made us thin" brought up the fact the majority of people will regain their weight after two years.

Research that supports this has been described here

An Australian research team studied people who had lost weight in an effort to understand some of these changes. A year after their initial weight loss:
•A hormone that suppresses hunger and increases metabolism – Leptin – was still lower than normal
•Ghrelin, nicknamed the “hunger hormone,” was about 20 percent higher
•Peptide YY, a hormone associated with hunger suppression was abnormally low
•Participants reported being much more hungry and preoccupied with food then they had prior to losing weight

A year after losing weight these people’s bodies were still biologically different than they had been prior to the weight loss attempt, desperately working to regain the weight – and participants had already regained about 30% of the weight they had lost. One of the study’s authors characterized it as “A coordinated defense mechanism with multiple components all directed toward making us put on weight.”

The evidence that exists shows that almost everyone fails at long term weight loss (yes Virginia, even the National Weight Control Registry. In fact, especially the NWCR!) I will never cease to be amazed at people who insist that it’s just that almost everyone does it wrong. That’s like saying that, since some people survive jumping out of planes when their parachutes don’t open, almost everyone who dies in such a circumstance is just falling wrong.

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: the truth is the almost everyone can lose weight short term on almost any program, and almost everyone gains their weight back long-term even if they are able to maintain their diet behaviors, with many people gaining back more than they lost. What WW and other diet companies have managed to do is take credit for the first half of a natural biological response (the weight loss), and convince their clients to blame themselves for the second half of that response (the rebound weight gain.) Sure it’s disingenuous, but at least it’s highly profitable! They’ve also managed to spread this myth far and wide, successfully making people into PR machines. They’ve done such a great job of turning people into myth-spreading marketing machines, that diet companies don’t even have to speak up in their defense because other people will be so very happy to do their dirty work for them.

I have also come across information that high sugar consumption affects the liver and reduces the amount of leptin produced.
August 26, 2013 11:26 AM
Yup!! I've seen that 95% ppl put the weight back on...+ some!!!
I haven't met the quota you're asking, but I did lose 20 a year ago and kept that off while I unintentionally maintained for 10 months! lol Now I'm back at it and I WILL keep it off!! =))
August 26, 2013 11:27 AM
Me! I lost all mine in 2010, still going well.
August 26, 2013 11:28 AM
Lost over 65 lbs in 2009. Been at 118 lbs ever since smile
August 26, 2013 11:32 AM
Closing in on a year at maintenance and I'll be damned if I ever go back to that guy I was in 2009...... Lets just say this is one statistic I will not be a part of...... drinker
August 26, 2013 11:36 AM
for those who are keeping the weight off share with us the strategies you are using.
August 26, 2013 11:37 AM
Absolutely. I gained a few pounds (thanks, weight lifting!!) but have kept off the majority of 35 lbs since December 2010. And despite the extra pounds, I'm the same size. Well, my arms and legs are bigger, but that was intentional!

ETA: Managed to maintain by using the same principals I used to lose it. In my experience this is where a lot of people go wrong - they abandon all the tools they used to lose the weight learned as soon as they get to where they want to be.

I lost weight by knowing how many calories I should be eating, weighing and logging everything like a severely OCD person, treating my calorie budget like an financial budget, and fitting in some form of exercise most days of the week. I did pretty moderate stuff - mostly cardio. I still do the same things, with the exception of exercise. These days I lift weights 3 times a week, and that's pretty much it (other than walking for about 20 minutes a day on my 30-min lunch break).

I WISH I'd understood the value of weight training back when I first started. Didn't start lifting weights until almost 2 years after I lost the weight.
Edited by NikkiSixGuns On August 26, 2013 11:44 AM
August 26, 2013 2:21 PM
I've kept off weight for nearly five years and a half. It's true that I'm gaining back and forth those two or three pounds, sometimes I just don't feel like dieting. and after just a few weeks I get back on track and I lose them. but I never gained the 46 pounds I lost in 2008.
August 26, 2013 2:36 PM
August 26, 2013 2:40 PM
Me. Been 11 or 12 years now. Sometime not long after Y2K lol.

Long before "if it fits your macros" and "net calories" and iphone apps for that matter.

It can be done.
August 26, 2013 2:42 PM

for those who are keeping the weight off share with us the strategies you are using.

Mine would not be popular here among many. smile
August 26, 2013 2:42 PM

Closing in on a year at maintenance and I'll be damned if I ever go back to that guy I was in 2009...... Lets just say this is one statistic I will not be a part of...... drinker

August 26, 2013 2:48 PM
My weight is up about 6 pounds since I hit my goal in June 2011, but I'm in the same size clothes.

To lose, I eat between 1800-2000 calories a day, lift heavy weights and run. I maintain on about 2300 a day and the same exercise. I'm currently nursing a minor injury and not exercising as much, so I'm eating around 2000 a day.
August 26, 2013 2:50 PM
I think in order to keep the weight off, permanent changes need to take place. The unhealthy old way of life needs to be replaced which many of the above posters are doing.
August 26, 2013 2:51 PM
I've kept my weight off for 2 years approx. now, however I've kept exercising and counting my calories to keep it off.
August 26, 2013 2:52 PM
I have kept off 25-ish pounds over the last 18 months. I still have about 60 to go, but I'm taking it slow and steady. I'm taking time to make actual changes to the way I live and the way I treat food so that I am doubly sure I never gain the weight back. I follow "everything in moderation", IIFYM, and "If it's a celebration, eat some cake" about 85% of the time.
August 26, 2013 2:53 PM

Lost over 65 lbs in 2009. Been at 118 lbs ever since smile

You're my hero!
August 26, 2013 3:09 PM
2 years for me. I had my weight go up and down because I intentional bulked or a 5 pounds gain because of enjoying summer. Normal fluctuations.
August 26, 2013 3:27 PM
Going on 11 years. Fitness and health is just part of my daily routine, like hygiene. The only time I was ever sidelined was when I was pregnant.
August 26, 2013 3:34 PM
I have kept my weight off 19 months and 2 days today, maintained 135.

The only other time I have dieted I went from 173 to 145. I kept it off for over 8 years.
August 26, 2013 3:35 PM
Hit the two year mark fairly recently and doing fine. I did take it easy over the summer, but was able to maintain. It's ongoing and a lifestyle.
August 26, 2013 3:51 PM
To all those who have kept the weight off, congratulations for your determination and hard work. Well done.
August 26, 2013 4:11 PM
This dude!!
August 26, 2013 4:20 PM
hi, ive gone from 11 and a half stone to 10 stone in around 2 months but im finding it really difficult to shift the last couple of pounds till i reach my goal weight can anybody give advice?
August 26, 2013 4:23 PM
I went from over 210 (stopped weighing myself at that point. Too embarrassed to admit to my true weight -- to 133 pounds.)

Went from a size 18-20W to my present size of 6-8.

I did it the same way everyone is saying. More exercise and less binging and overeating. I still log into MFP daily and track my foods and what I drink. I cut out or way back on a lot of things: liquor, sweets, candy, desserts, second and third helpings of my favorite foods, overindulgence in anything that I used to really "pig out" on.

Right now I am trying to regain about 3 to 5 pounds. Not easy -- once you change your eating habits. I still eat many of my favorite foods that some consider "off limits." These include breads, bagels, ice cream, chocolate, cakes and pies,fast food, pizza, red wine, and pastas. Lots more. However, I guess I have learned to eat like a "naturally thin" person. I just have one helping of the so called "fattening" foods and I am OK. I still go out for dinner on a regular basis but fore-go the appetizers and enjoy the full meal, bread and butter and sometimes even a dessert. However, the next day, I cut way back so I don't start to spiral in the other direction.

Unless your have money to burn, once you start investing in smaller size clothing, you have an additional incentive to keep your weight off.

It is a permanent, life-style change. Two years, three years... just keep going. Stay focused on your goals. You can do it too!

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