Introduction

To start this off, we will quote the National Institutes of Health Technology Assessment Conference Panel:

“Weight regain is generally the rule, with long-term follow up studies indicating that one-third to two-thirds of the weight lost is regained within 1 year and almost all is regained within 5 years.” [1]

With a show of hands in the Biolayne Member’s site, how many of you have lost weight successfully?

Probably a good majority of you we are assuming have your hands up, now the million dollar question, how many of you have lost weight and kept it off for a significant amount of time?

Probably not as many hands rose on this question and the reason being that weight loss isn’t the problem; it’s keeping the weight off that is the major issue.

Repeated cycles of weight loss and weight regain, referred to as weight cycling or yo-yo dieting are a frequent occurrence, just ask Oprah Winfrey. All joking aside, Mann and colleagues found that the long-term outcomes of energy-restricted diets showing that at least one-third of dieter’s regain more weight than they lost [2]. There’s another term for this and it’s called “fat- overshooting,” more on this in the latter part of the article.

In this article, we will be discussing why you’re not losing weight along with some of the metabolic adaptations to look out for and how to mitigate them, why you’re not keeping the weight off, and the 3-stage process to fat loss as part of the metabolic positioning concept to keep weight off.

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