Appetite increase after dieting fuels weight regain
YOU have suffered and endured the discipline of a diet and shed the weight. But once again the yo-yo effect steps in and the pounds start to pile back on.
New research is now providing insight into why so many people regain weight. The key may be linked to appetite.
People who successfully lose weight get really hungry and the body forces us to eat about 100 calories more than usual for every two pounds or so of weight lost, researchers found.
It’s this surge in appetite, even more than the drop in metabolism people have after weight loss, that drives weight regain, said researchers at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland.
The findings, to be published in the journal Obesity, may change how doctors treat patients who have lost weight, allowing them to develop new guidelines.
It is not clear whether small weight changes trigger appetite changes in the same way as big losses and further research is needed.