You have no doubt heard how common it is to regain lost weight after a diet, perhaps you have even experienced it yourself?
Often after a few months of dieting people will start to sneak those unhealthy foods back onto their plate resulting in all their hard work going to waste.
Although your old habits are hard to break, a new study seems to suggest that the reason for this weight gain is not simply psychological but also physiological, with your hormones playing a major role in preventing you from reaching your weight loss goals.
What did the study show?
Your body weight owes a lot to the hormonal signals sent by your hypothalamus, which regulates your food intake and energy expenditure.
The study has shown that dieting can cause your hormones to go crazy, making it difficult for you to maintain a diet.
When you are overweight or obese you will have a higher body weight set point, which essentially means that even if you lose weight once you start eating unhealthily again the weight will return to its previous level.
How can you lose weight and keep it off?
If you want to successfully keep weight off long term then you should avoid ‘fad diets’. Losing weight is a lifestyle change so you should make the effort to eat healthily and get regular exercise even when you don’t feel like it.
Here are some more tips:
• Eat smaller meals – This does not mean that you should still stick to your usual 3 meals a day. Instead you should try to eat 5-6 meals as this can help to increase your resting metabolic rate, meaning you will be able to burn more calories.
• Change your workout routine – Doing the same workout every session is not only boring but will also not give you the best results. The occasional change to your workout will keep your body and muscles guessing, making your metabolism soar.
• Get some sleep – To help regulate your hormones you should aim to get a minimum of 8 hours sleep every night.