So you have managed to reach your weight loss goal, you must be feeling pleased with yourself.
Now, though is when the real work begins, with research showing that almost two-thirds of those who lose weight regaining the lost pounds within 3 years.
There maybe a solution to this problem though, with a Danish study revealing how to keep weight off long term.
What did the study entail?
During the study the Danish researchers found that if you are able to maintain your goal weight past the 12 month mark then it becomes much easier to keep the weight off, this is because your body has adapted to this new weight.
For the study 20 obese volunteers were put onto a strict low-calorie diet for a period of 2 months.
They lost 13% of their body weight during this first stage.
For the remaining 10 months the volunteers were placed onto a less intense diet that was intended to help them maintain their current weight.
At the 2 month mark the researchers found that ghrelin (a hormone that causes hunger) spiked by 23%. This was concluded to be a natural reaction by the bodies of the volunteers to try and regain the lost weight.
By the end of the 12 month study, the researchers found that ghrelin levels had reduced to almost normal levels, which meant that the volunteers felt less hunger.
Further to these findings, the researchers also found that the hormones GLP-1 and PYY3-36 (hormones that make you feel full) increased at this 12 month mark.
This study has shown that if you are able to maintain your weight for a period of 12 months then it will be easier to keep the weight off, due to the hormones that cause hunger dropping.
Of course, you still need a little of your own willpower to do this.