Health Sachet No 293:

While there are many approaches to weight loss, what is often overlooked is that 95% dieters gain all the weight back within 3 years, independent of the method used for losing the weight.

Primary reasons are:

  • The lifestyle that caused weight gain is not changed by the dieter;
  • Reduction in fat reduces the amount of Leptin, which is the hormone that tells your brain that you are not hungry;
  • Reduction in GLP-1 and PYY, two hunger-inhibiting hormones secreted in the body;
  • Increase in Ghrelin, the hunger-causing hormone.

No wonder it is so hard to keep the weight down.

But despair not – new research from University of Copenhagen (Denmark) shows that if you lose weight and maintain it down for a year, your body gets adjusted to the new weight.

Within one year, the levels of Ghrelin, GLP-1 and PYY come back to earlier levels, causing your hunger to come in control.

“The interesting and uplifting news in this study is that if you are able to maintain your weight loss for a longer period of time, it seems as if you have ‘passed the critical point’, and after this point, it will actually become easier for you to maintain your weight loss than it was immediately after the initial weight loss.”

“Thus, the body is no longer fighting against you, but actually with you, which is good news for anyone trying to lose weight,” concludes Associate Professor Signe Sorensen Torekov.

To lose weight successfully, it is not enough to lose weight, but to maintain it at the low level for at least one year after the loss.