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Weight Regain After Weight Loss

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The formula for successful weight loss is deceptively simple. To lose weight you must burn off more energy than you take in from food. You will lose one pound of body fat every time you eat 3500 fewer calories than your body burns off. To achieve this, you don’t need to know the exact amount of calories your body is burning off or taking in. As long as you correctly guess you’re eating fewer calories than your body is burning off, you will lose weight.

You need  to determine how many calories your body are burning off everyday. By doing this you will be able to properly adjust the calories you  are eating to maintain control of your weight. You also need an easy and inexpensive way to determine how much of your weight loss is muscle and how much is body fat. The more muscle, the more calories you burn at rest.

Factors responsible for weight regain

Hormones like Ghrelin, Insulin, leptin, resistin also play a significant role in weight loss and weight regain. Ghrelin is a hormone that is secreted from at least two places – the stomach and the brain – and is a trigger for the feeling of hunger. Ghrelin levels go up before meals, and down after meals. After weight loss, ghrelin levels don’t go down as much after a meal and are quicker to rise. It’s turning out that stomach surgery for obesity decreases ghrelin secretion – in fact, this is likely the most important reason surgery works well when it is successful.

Some medical conditions tend to cause weight gain. Among them are hypothyroidism, polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), and Cushings Disease. Successful treatment of the underlying condition should at least partially alleviate the weight problem.

To avoid regaining weight (or not gaining extra weight in the first place), the energy your body burns off must equal the energy you take in from food. To achieve this it is essential that you feed yourself exactly the same amount of calories as your body burns off. In this way, there will be no surplus calories left over to be stored as extra weight. But, how can you guess this amount of calories? In order to balance your calories, you need to work with specific numbers.

The balance between the number of calories coming into your body and the number of calories your body burns off is known as your energy balance. Controlling your energy balance is like controlling your bank account. If you ignore looking at the specific numbers in your bank account and just try to guess that the money coming into your account equals the money going out…well, do you see the problem? And yet, this is how millions of people attempt to manage their weight every day!

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