The 12-Month Plan to Lose Weight and Keep It Off

The 12-Month Plan to Lose Weight and Keep It Off

The roster of A-listers with weight fluctuations includes those who gain for a role and then lose it again (Bradley Cooper, Rene Zellweger), beef up during the season (CC Sabathia went from 275 to 305 pounds during the 2014-15 season) and struggle to keep if off (Kirstie Alley, John Travolta, John Goodman).

Turns out that one reason actors who beef up for a role can lose it quickly—and heavier folks who lose weight often put it back on just as quickly—is that whichever way you go, it takes a year for a weight change to become your new normal.

Researchers from the University of Copenhagen have found that as you start to lose weight your body cranks up production of the “Feed-me!” hormone ghrelin. But after a year of sustained weight loss that hormone returns to normal levels. Whew! Also after a year, “I’m full” hormone levels increase, making weight loss easier to maintain.

Unfortunately, only about 1 in 6 overweight or obese folks who lose weight keep it off. That’s because sustaining a healthier lifestyle has a lot to do with how rewarded you feel by your efforts.

Now we know that if you make a commitment to achieve a healthy weight and stick with it for 12 months, you can count on a great reward—an easier time staying thinner and healthier, because you reset your “normal” weight! So, get started today by checking out info on achieving a healthy lifestyle at the Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute online.

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