You’ve Lost the Weight: How Soon Before It Comes Back?



If you’ve just shed a lot of pounds, you might want to hold off on buying a new wardrobe full of “thin” clothes.

That’s because new research finds that lost weight starts creeping back almost immediately after a diet stops.

“We noticed that individuals transitioned from a weight loss intervention immediately to weight gain,” said Kathryn Ross, of the University of Florida, Gainesville, College of Public Health and Health Professions.

As to why weight started to come back so quickly, Ross said, “There are a lot of different reasons. There’s not an easy answer.”

It may be that people need a specific maintenance intervention where the focus shifts from how to lose weight to how to maintain that loss.

Ross said people also need to understand how challenging the environment is, and how it’s geared to weight gain because of the easy and seemingly endless access to high-calorie foods.

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SOURCES: Kathryn Ross, Ph.D., M.P.H., assistant professor, department of clinical and health psychology, University of Florida College of Public Health and Health Professions, Gainesville; Samantha Heller, M.S., R.D., NYU Langone Health, New York City; Jan. 17, 2018, Obesity, online

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