Updated: May 5
How You Can End the Cycle for Good
When it comes to maintaining weight loss, you cannot control a few of the complicating factors, such as your age, sex, and genetics. However, you can control important health behaviors such as your food selections, how much you exercise, and how often you stand or move throughout the day to make sure you don’t keep regaining weight.
Losing weight is only half the battle and for many people, the bigger challenge is keeping the weight off long-term. This article describes a few common reasons why people regain weight and tips on how you can prevent it from happening to you.
Blame it on Your Brain
The truth is that, if you keep regaining weight and want to be successful at keeping weight off, the cards are stacked against you because your brain and body are hard-wired to regain lost weight. This, combined with the abundance of high-calorie foods available today, makes it all incredibly easy to put the pounds back on.
After you lose weight, your metabolism slows down which causes you to burn fewer calories than would be expected, even when you’re at rest. This happens because your brain senses your fat storages are low and sends signals to the muscles to become more efficient in using energy causing you to burn fewer calories.
On top of this metabolic slowdown, multiple systems in your body undergo changes that affect your desire to eat. For example, after losing weight, your appetite increases causing you to eat more to feel satiated and you may choose to consume higher calorie foods. Areas of the brain involved in the ability to resist eating are also less active, which could make it difficult to choose healthier food choices.