Why is it so hard for people to lose weight?

It is hard for people to lose weight because they can’t sustain weight loss for very long periods of time. It’s not that people can’t lose weight through diet and exercise. It tends to be a cycle where people intermittently work hard at weight loss, with some success, only to relapse and gain all, if not more, of their weight back, only to do it again at a later time (hence the proverbial “roller coaster” of a person’s weight loss journey). Surgery alone has been the only proven modality for long-term sustainable weight loss in these people.
Janis Jibrin, MS, RD
Nutrition & Dietetics
Genetics plays a role in the ability to lose weight and keep it off. In this video I will explain how even a mother's weight during pregnancy will affect a child's likelihood of becoming overweight.

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