Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Lifestyle changes are a life sentence

Most people know that lifestyle changes are a primary focus when it comes to treating type 2 diabetes.  Eat better, exercise more, lose weight -- as if it's that easy.

Recent studies about the aftermath for contestants on the show The Biggest Loser demonstrate that it's not that easy.

After ‘The Biggest Loser,’ Their Bodies Fought to Regain Weight

It's a long article, but totally worth reading.  There are details about the contestants: their before and after weights, as well as their after-after weights.  In most cases, they regained a substantial amount, if not all, of the weight.

What The Biggest Loser has demonstrated in painful clarity is that it's not over once you lose the weight.  You can't go back to a normal calorie intake.  If you get down to, say, 180 pounds, for the rest of your life you will need substantially fewer calories than someone else who has always weighed around 180 pounds.

And you will always be hungry.

This just goes to show that our bodies develop set points, and will struggle heroically to keep to those set points.  So what does this mean?

  1. Don't gain weight if you can help it.  Your body may literally never be the same again.
  2. Monitor your children to keep them from gaining weight.  They'll thank you someday.
  3. Educate the younger generations about staying fit from the get-go.  Their weight in adolescence will likely stay with them for the rest of their lives.
What about you?  Have you struggled with your weight?  If you've lost weight, have you noticed what former contestants of The Biggest Loser have noticed, that you can never let your guard down again if you want to keep it off?

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