Fact: Most people regain all or more of the weight lost by diet.
The most common answer to the query, how to lose weight, is diet. It is seen that the start of a diet, most people lose some weight. But, after sometime passes, we not only stop losing weight but start gaining it back. This is called as the “yo-yo effect”.
The “yo-yo” effect happens because, when we diet, the body thinks that it is starving. So, it releases hormones. These hormones make us feel hungrier and cause our muscles to burn less energy. This makes our shed kilos come back as our body tries to get back to the set point weight.1,2
Also, another reason that diet as a weight loss solution does not work in the long run is that people might start the diet with much enthusiasm but struggle to stick to it and eventually stop following it. This causes weight regain. Keeping extra weight off requires effort and hard work, just as weight loss does.3
95% of people who follow weight loss treatment like dieting, exercise, and medicines regain all or more of their lost weight in the next 2-5 years.1
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2. What Are Weight Cycling and Yo-Yo Dieting? [internet] WebMD. [cited 2015 Nov 26] Available from: http://www.webmd.com/diet/obesity/weight-cycling
3. Maintaining Weight Loss. [internet] University of Utah. Health care [cited 2015 Dec 17] Available from: http://healthcare.utah.edu/healthlibrary/related/doc.php?type=85&id=P07862