Weight Loss Effectiveness

With more that 50% of the US population paying attention to their weight, you'd expect that the pounds would be falling off. However, most people are experiencing little of no weight loss. Some people have even found that their weight has gone up, after they have tried to reduce.

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Depending on which study you read, some statistics show that between 30 and 60 percent of dieters not only regain the all of the weight they might have lost, whilst dieting, but they actually become heavier than they were before they started their diet! These patterns hold true across a wide spectrum of weigh loss techniques.

Only about 10 percent of all dieters are able to maintain their weight loss after several years, no matter how much weight was lost during the dieting period. Out of the people who do lose weight effectively; the most sensible, and healthiest, target is a loss of around roughly 10 percent of their highest weight.

That is the level of weight loss that is recommended by the National Institute of Health, for people who are overweight or obese: losing more than this is difficult, and is rarely effective.

Some people attribute this to lack of willpower on the part of the dieter, however, recent clinical studies have shown that the problem is much more complex than that. A study which was carried out in 2011, in the New England Journal of Medicine, showed that losing weight changes the way that our endocrine systems secrete the hormones that are associated with our metabolisms.

This means that some people who attempt to lose weight often feel hungrier, and suffer from higher appetite yearnings, than they did before they started on their weight loss program. These symptoms usually last for at least a year after their weight loss, thus, making it far more difficult for, someone who has been on a restrictive diet, to maintain their lower weight than it is for someone who has never embarked on a weight loss program.