Healthy Living

Maintaining Weight Loss Is Hard But It’s Worth It

No matter how many tips from the internet you follow, fruits and vegetables that you consume daily or numerous diet plans that you try, the hard truth is that losing weight will always be hard, and maintaining the weight you lost is an even bigger challenge. There’s also the fact that the odds aren’t even in our favor when we actually lose weight, since study shows that a large percentage of people who actually push through gain the weight they lost back within a few months.

Because of this, it’s easy to get discouraged and just abandon even trying, let alone put in the effort. But it’s important to understand that it’s not always your fault since there’s a countless list of factors that affect both weight loss and weight gain. However, if you think that your problem with losing weight (and maintaining it that way) is mainly connected to psychological and nutritional reasons, then you might reconsider before abandoning trying altogether. This is because a new study stated that losing weight and of course, maintaining it that way can do a lot in helping lower the risk of diseases.

So while shaving off some pounds can be hard, the benefits are great, and the challenge is all worth it.

"Regaining weight was associated with a reversal of the benefits seen from losing weight," senior and corresponding author  Alice H. Lichtenstein, a nutrition scientist and director of the Cardiovascular Nutrition Laboratory at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging, said. "If you lose weight and maintain the weight loss for a long period of time, do the benefits continue? The answer is yes, and sometimes the benefits get even stronger. If you lose weight and don't maintain it, the benefits are diminished or disappear. These findings emphasize the dual importance of not only achieving a healthy body weight but maintaining a healthy body weight."

So to put it simply, those who lose weight and keep it that way can reap the benefits of a lower risk in developing stroke, diabetes and heart disease, while those who lost weight and gained it back lost the benefits that they gained before.

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