What are the characteristics of weight regainers?

Judy Caplan
Nutrition & Dietetics
The biggest challenge after losing weight is not to regain it. Keeping lost pounds off is difficult because once the weight is off we often revert back to our old habits. It only takes a few extra calories a day to start gaining weight. Add in the fact that many people do not stay with their exercise program. Both of these lead to regaining weight. The key is to set new goals once you lose weight so you will not regain it.
Chris Embry

People that tend to regain their weight after losing it, usually do not make a permanent lifestlye change.  They may exercise more and change their eating habits in an attempt to lose the weight, but once that weight is lost, they go back to the same habits that made them overweight in the first place.  When coming off of a diet, it is important to have a plan that allows that new weight set-point to be maintained.  Healthy eating and regular exercise should be a permanent part of your life.  It may not have to be as strict as when you are trying to lose weight, but it still needs to be there if you want to keep the weight off.

Kelly Traver
Internal Medicine

Characteristics commonly found in weight regainers are as given below:

  • They had not been satisfied with the amount of weight they had lost to begin with.
  • They tended to evaluate their self-worth in terms of their shape and weight.
  • They typically had a dichotomous, "on a diet, off a diet" way of thinking.
  • They often used food to regulate their mood.

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