I read an interesting article in the Daily Mail last week entitle “Lost weight then piled it all back on? Blame your hormones – not your willpower”.

A new study, undertaken in Australia, shows that hormones will insist a dieter is hungry, encouraging them to eat, for up to a year after losing weight. I was amazed to read this research, and if true, could explain why people are labelled yo-yo dieters!

The research concluded that avoiding weight regain appears to be a fundamentally different problem from losing weight in the first place, and that researchers should pay more attention to it.

I lost 2.5 stone in 2003 – and kept it off for about 12 months. Then gradually it all went back on. So, could it be down to my hormones? I guess it could be. But will knowing that hormones play a role in weight gain make me more aware and more determined to keep the weight off for the longer term? I think it will. Knowledge is power and will enable me to be in more control.

I guess for some people this research is the perfect excuse for why they can’t keep lost weight off – but then some people will always find an excuse.

Read more about this research by following this link

Until tomorrow …




Hi - I am Deborah, and was the founding director of talkhealth My blog is generally focused around my own personal story about weight loss, running, exercise and generally trying to get and stay fit, as well as what's been in the news that's topical. Any views expressed are my own.

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