Reasons Why You’re Regaining Weight
For many people, shedding the pounds was the easy part—it’s keeping them off that can be the real challenge. Trying to slim down can be similar to bouncing on a trampoline. The harder we jump down, the higher our weight infuriatingly shoots right back up. It’s not just hard on your wallet, but it can also be hard on your health, from increasing muscle loss to attacking your immune system. Regaining lost weight, also known as weight cycling, is a common occurrence for 75 percent of people who attempt to shrink their waistlines.
You probably already guessed there’s more behind the added flab on your frame than just calories-in-calories-out and that simply moving more and eating less may not help you slim back down. Instead, you’ll need to pinpoint the precise reasons behind your weight gain so you can reverse the damage. To help you out, we’ve outlined the most common weight-maintenance saboteurs below, along with ways to fight back against each. Know that your first year keeping the weight off is most likely to be the toughest and the time you’ll have to be the most diligent. Maintain an eating schedule so you don’t indulge in random office snacks your co-workers brought in. And to beat those menacing low leptin levels.
You Avoid the Scale
After months of daily weigh-ins, grueling workouts and adhering to a strict diet, you finally hit your goal weight. But now, just two months later, your skinny jeans are starting to feel a tad tight and you’re not sure why. If you’re like the majority of dieters, you’re still eating well and exercising, but you stopped stepping on the scale—a major no-no. Although the number on the scale isn’t the only way to judge your continued success, research shows that those who avoid the ritual tend to pack on more weight than those who don’t.