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February 16, 2013 12:48 PM
I dont want to be one of them. I have gained 10 back, working hard to get it off. Are they undisciplined or life stresses getting to them. What do you think, kind of depressing but I dont think it has to be this way if we are vigilant.
February 16, 2013 12:50 PM
They ate more than when they were losing...
February 16, 2013 12:51 PM
For me, it was just not making my health a priority... Now it is.
February 16, 2013 12:51 PM
most people exercise and change their dietary habits in order to create a calorie deficit to lose weight. some people do one or the other and lose weight. unfortunately, once they lose significant weight they tend to start gravitating back to old habits (like eating foods high in sugar or overeating or not working out) and then they put the weight back on.

the important thing is to not look at diet and exercise as a short term thing and instead focus on making it a part of your life. if you stop doing the things that allow you to lose weight and be healthy, then you will stop losing weight/put on weight and be unhealthy.
February 16, 2013 12:52 PM
Usually because they have been too restrictive when "dieting" ie eating 1200 calories, and then expect to be able to eat at maintenance, either that or they get lax with weighing food/counting calories and overeatflowerforyou
February 16, 2013 12:53 PM
They don't reverse diet.
February 16, 2013 12:53 PM
reasons people put weight back on -

1. they follow fad diets
2. they believed the "cleanse or detox" would actually work and keep it off.
3. no long term changes were made
4. no tracking of progress was done, so was unsure if it was actually working
5. addiction and will power issues.

Those are the main ones I think...

February 16, 2013 12:55 PM
I think sometimes people get to their goal weight and "relax" or feel like they've accomplished their goal and can go back to what they were doing before. Other times its stress induced and they revert back to old habits, I've done this several times.

God bless,
February 16, 2013 12:56 PM
They do not make sustainable changes in their diet......

Example - Drink VLC shakes and you will lose the weight - but are you going to drink those shakes for the rest of your life???

I absolutely know that what is different for me this time around is that I have an eating plan that I can follow for the rest of my life - I dont deny myself anything that i really want - but I understand everything has a consequence - and I weigh up those consequences all the time....

I am not losing massive amounts every week anymore - but slowly but surely I am getting lower on the scale - one day (and it might be 12 to 18 months away) I will reach my final goal - and I know I will be able to keep it off....

So bottlom line - what works for me eat enough of the right foods (I actually eat more now than I ever had while picking up the weight) , and I got my butt off the couch .......and I make sure I am on top of my gains - 5lbs up - get rid of it IMMEDIATELY.......I will never allow myself to slowly get fatter again...
February 16, 2013 12:57 PM
Diet is forever, you just alter it based on your goal. If you reach your goal weight, you diet to maintain instead of lose, that's all. People gain it back because they go back to their old habits, which are what got them needing to lose weight in the first place. New habits are needed, and the lifelong diet changes are what you have to do to form those new habits and stick to them.
February 16, 2013 12:57 PM
Because the majority of people are doing it for extrinsic reasons. A wedding, a cruise, an event, summer, etc. Some will also be "forced" to because of a health issue, but weren't willing to until it hit them. Many approach it with "diet plans" and "diet programs" but many of the programs and plans aren't sustainable for life. Many also go for the gimmick fads and fast weight loss diets because of impatience and refusal to actually work hard.
The other 5%-10% look at it intrinsically. They do it because they want to, because of how it makes them feel and because they know it's going to reap benefits in the long run.

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February 16, 2013 12:58 PM
Because people tend to think of diet as a verb rather than a noun...they go on a "diet" rather than focusing on changing their diet, bad habits, etc. Also, most people do not educate themselves on what kind of nutrition their body needs to lose and then maintain. They go on a diet...once diet is over, they revert back to their old ways because they've made no effort to actually change lifestyle.
February 16, 2013 12:58 PM
The ones who put it back on are on diets. The ones who keep it off have made a llifestyle change.
February 16, 2013 1:00 PM
I did because I lost weight in a very unhealthful way. I was eating only an apple sauce and a piece of bread if even that for 2 months. With the influence of medication I gained it back in a matter of months + 20 extra lbs. I stopped exercising abruptly and kept getting big lunches and having big dinners.
February 16, 2013 1:00 PM
They don't successfully work out the reasons as to why they are addicted to food--using it as their drug of choice to temporarily mask the pain.
Edited by boatsie77 On February 16, 2013 1:05 PM
February 16, 2013 1:01 PM
February 16, 2013 1:02 PM
Personally I think because they consider this a 'diet' and not a lifestyle. You can't hit your goal and go back to the way you were. Its about learning that you can't go back to soda and fast food everyday, you still have to keep up the hard work. I saw a poster that said "Losing is hard, maintaining is hard, being fat is hard.....choose your hard"
February 16, 2013 1:02 PM
It's a really good question and I've wondered about it a lot. I refuse to believe that those 95% are weakwilled (after all, they were people who had the will to lose the weight in the first place!).

I think one factor (probably not the main one) is that we're always being presented with reaching weight loss goal as a sort of happy ending to the story, without recognising that it's only the beginning of the story! I see so many stories about people who have got to goal weight, and so few stories about people who have maintained goal weight for five years or so. I suppose we've got to understand that getting to "goal" isn't the actual goal, it's staying there. Once we start dieting, we're dieting for life.

Another small factor is that I imagine there aren't the same rewards associated with maintenance. I love seeing the scale numbers improve, my measurements go down, being able to fit into smaller sizes, etc. But at maintenance, there will be none of those rewards even though I'll still be dieting. People might say "Wow, you've lost weight!", but they're unlikely to say "Wow, you've maintained your weight!"
February 16, 2013 1:02 PM
Reaching for a goal is exciting and makes you feel great. But maintaining? It's dull. You can get comfy really quick. No one congratulates you on keeping weight off but its so important to staying healthy not to go up and down. Being healthy is a life long goal. You don't have to be crazy obsessive about every pound but watch it if the scale starts to go up a bit. If you can lose, you can maintain... just take it a day at a time. :)
February 16, 2013 1:06 PM
Not everyone puts weight back on. I went from a size 16 to a size 6 when I was 17-18. I'm 33 now and have maintained my weight loss. It was easy to maintain my healthy lifestyle.
February 16, 2013 1:08 PM
I've lost and gained many times. It was always because I went right back to my previous eating habits and never dealt with my emotional issues with food and binge eating. If you go back to doing the same thing you did before, you'll get the same results you had.
February 16, 2013 1:08 PM
I have definitely thought about this. I have heard you have to work on the "mental" side of things as well...why did you become obese in the first place? was it because you were eating your emotions? then a person would need to figure out a way to express feelings without example.

I understand needing to be realistic long term. My plan is once I get down to my goal weight - I plan to maintain that weight within 5 lbs, and my measurements within 2 inches. So if there is a month weigh in - measurements...and i see I'm slipping - its time to start logging again, exercising to work it off, and figure out what was going wrong.
February 16, 2013 1:14 PM
Because the body wants very badly to return to the higher weight and does everything it can to get there. Increased hunger signals, hormonal changes, lowered resting metabolism, you name it. Leptin, ghrelin, peptide YY all increase to levels that are actually higher than they were before you lost the weight (so appetite is even greater and metabolism is even slower than when you were fat). Until science comes up with some kind of pill to counteract these things, maintaining weight loss will be a daily struggle and very few people can keep up the fight forever.

I just wish the body tended toward a healthier weight and did things like increase metabolism and decrease appetite if the weight strayed too high. Why does it want to kill itself with obesity? It makes no sense, really.
February 16, 2013 1:20 PM
If one loses weight by reducing calories and exercising without paying attention to where the calories come from and how their diet affects their hormones, they are not training/ preparing their bodies to continue burning fat. If you do a Google search for a site called Peertrainer, they provide a lot of good information on the role of hormones and weight loss.
February 16, 2013 1:27 PM
I've gained back in the past because after losing weight and feeling comfortable again, I go back to eating too much and not exercising enough. Nothing magic, if I eat like I did when I was putting on weight, I'll put it on again. Maintenance doesn't mean you can stop watching what you eat. I've finally come to terms that my body is a reflection of my chronic choices. Nothing magic


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