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Why It's Really So Hard to Keep the Weight Off


Losing weight can be hard. But keeping if off is usually just as big of a challenge as losing it is. And now we have a better understanding as to why it's so hard to keep the weight off. It all comes down to our hormones that control our appetite. Hormones that may be altered for up to a year after we lose weight. Yes, a year. 

New research in the New England Journal of Medicine looked at 50 overweight or obese people as they went on a low-calorie diet for 10 weeks. Researchers then measured levels of several key hormones — the "hunger hormone" ghrelin and the "I'm full hormone" leptin — before they started the diet, after they completed the diet and then again 62 weeks later, according to WebMD.

What they found was that for up to a year after weight loss, these appetite hormones changed, making people who lost weight more hungry more often and not as easily satiated as they were before they started the diet. Researchers say that this new information helps to better understand that gaining weight after losing it isn't just about a lack of willpower. Also, it points to the importance of preventing weight gain before it starts.
Have you gained weight after losing it? Felt more hungry after weight loss? Tell us!


Jennipher Walters is the CEO and co-founder of the healthy living websites and A certified personal trainer, lifestyle and weight management coach and group exercise instructor, she also holds an MA in health journalism and regularly writes about all things fitness and wellness for various online publications.


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