For those who are overweight and obese, losing weight brings a lot of joy, but a new study by scientists from the United States has shown that losing weight is not enough, the main problem is to keep your figure slim.
They found that most people who lose weight begin to recover almost immediately.
The authors of the new project, researchers from the University of Florida, decided to find out how long people retain the weight acquired after losing weight.
Experts monitored a group of 75 people who were able to lose weight using a 12-week weight loss program. Their work showed that there is no "period of weight retention" - those who have lost weight quickly begin to gain weight again.
“We expected to see that the participants would be able to maintain their weight, and perhaps even continue to lose it, but this was not the case. They started gaining weight right away."
- said lead research specialist Katherine Ross.
The participants in this experiment lost an average of 0.4 kilograms per week - each lost about 6 kg. After that, experts using "smart scales" tracked all fluctuations in the volunteers' weight for 9 months.
It turned out that after 77 days from the beginning of the weight loss experiment, people began to gain weight again - about 0.07 kilograms per week. Scientists associate the inability to maintain a slim shape with the social environment and unhealthy eating habits.
According to them, people simply cannot resist the temptation of high-calorie and fatty foods.