I know first-hand that it can be hard to “get back on the weight-loss” wagon once you have fallen off, but a new Swedish study shows that not only is it harder, but it may also make it more difficult for you to “relose” the weight. Read the study here.
The study just showed what I personally had experienced. It seemed that during my continual dieting, I found it very easy to gain weight after I had lost a few pounds. Does this example sound familiar to any of you?
During my early years of weight struggles, before I was morbidly obese, I tried dieting many different times. During one of those diets I actually lost 20 pounds and felt great about myself. I remember standing in my office door enjoying the compliment from one of my co-workers that I “looked great.” Well, unfortunately that great feeling didn’t last for long. Those 20 pounds that had taken me about four months to lose came back in just two short months. It was so incredibly easy to gain that “lost” weight back. I admit to falling back into my old eating habits – but even still – I remember being surprised how fast that weight reappeared. And the really sad part was that the weight didn’t just come back, it brought a few pounds with it.
Lose 20, gain 24. That was my pattern and cycle.
Does this tendency to easily regain weight and then struggle to get it off mean we should all quit? Of course not. But, it does validate some of the difficulty many of us have when it comes to weight loss and maintenance. Even though the struggle is real – the battle is winnable.
If you ever get discouraged about a regain, or feel frustrated when you count the number of times you have dieted unsuccessfully, you are not alone. I’ve been there too.
That last time I began my weight loss journey, falling off the wagon and regaining every lost pound was a bit frightening. But I didn’t let that fear deter me from trying. Even when I did see the inevitable jumps in weight during my journey, I tried to stay focused on how much better I was feeling and on how much I had improved physically. Those thoughts saw me through some tough emotional times.
I wanted to encourage you to not let past failures or fears deter you from continuing in your journey. Make a list of all the reasons you want to lose weight and post them on your computer, in your pantry or on your bathroom mirror. Here were some of mine. (I wish I had saved my little encouraging notes to myself.)
– Stop splitting my pants
– Feel more energetic
– Wear pants with buttons
– Feel more in control of my food choices
– Set a good example for my kids (they were seven, four and one at the time)
– Be able to walk without feeling tired.
Over the 14 months it took to lose the weight, the list evolved a bit. But keeping focused on what I wanted to accomplish and not worrying all the time about “falling off the wagon” helped me endure and succeed.