Why is it so hard to maintain my weight?
Maintaining weight is very complex and is often influenced by many factors both inside and outside of the body.
Let’s have a look at one factor – hormones, and see what’s happening inside your body as you start to lose weight:
If you have been overweight for a few years, your body has been programmed to think this is your “normal weight” and will work hard to maintain this weight. Once you have lost approximately 5-10% of your body weight, your body may start fighting back to conserve energy as it goes into a starvation prevention “mode”.
Your body does this by regulating your appetite through hormones (GLP-1, PYY and ghrelin). As you eat, hormone signals from the stomach and gut are processed in your brain and translates into feelings that make you feel less full and satisfied with each meal – making you feel hungry and less likely to stick to your health goals. (1)
Let’s say, you have lost 5-10% of your body weight and you noticed your weight loss is slowing down, you are starting to feel hungry and it has been difficult to stick to your health goals – you have entered into your “plateau phase” – your body thinks you are starving it and your hormones are fighting to put the weight back on.
These hormone changes in response to weight loss can persist for many months and can contribute to overeating and weight regain. As a result, only one third of people successfully maintain their lost weight. (2)
My Health Priority recognises these physiological changes are normal body processes and can help you through the “plateau phase” by giving you the tools and strategies you need, as well as monthly consultations for up to 2 years following your 12 week program.
- (NHMRC (2013) Clinical practice guidelines for the management of overweight and obesity in adults, adolescents and children in Australia. Melbourne: National Health and Medical Research Council.)
- (Mann T et al. Medicare’s search for effective obesity treatments. American Psychologist. 2007;62:220–233.)