The inevitable fatness of being.
I am not really digging this research . . . for obvious reasons. Having lost close to 60 pounds, I'm not eager to gain it back anytime soon. However, this article is still worth reading and learning from. For me, I gathered two take-home points:
- Weight loss and, arguably more importantly, weight management are going to be constant lifelong commitments each and every day.
- Losing weight rapidly (even at two to three pounds a week) makes your body a bit unhappy with this sudden loss of padding and comfort.
Now, looking at the above graph, it covers a span of 52 weeks after the end of weight loss. As you can see, the general trend is upward, nearly back to the starting point. If we're extrapolating out the trend, within two years, people will be back to where they started. I'm not trying to simplify the study too much—it also dives into the varying levels of different hormones and draws relationships between different levels, the perceived hunger, and other things that are interesting—but that is all beyond the scope of what I wanted to hit on. Today I wanted to look at my own story and how my own weight compares to their research.
Right now, I am about 83 weeks into this whole experiment. The single most important thing for me has been accountability and keeping track on Wednesdays. I've said this time and time again, but having a community of people with whom I can be open and to whom I can report back has been highly motivating and instrumental in my successes.
The second most important thing that I have realized over this process has been the pace at which my weight loss has occurred. Over 83 weeks, I've lost 58 pounds. That equates to just about 0.7 pounds a week. This is well below the commonly set goal of one or two pounds a week. I realized a while ago that one or two pounds a week was just simply not sustainable. There is too much life to live and too much good beer and food to consume. I also realized that there are periods of stagnation, and it is important to just keep your chin up and press through those times. I had two month-long periods where my weight wouldn't budge, only to drop rapidly again shortly after. Keep going and get through the plateaus; they will eventually break.
I hope that this blog will help me continue to beat the two-year statistic of rebound. I don't want to be part of the 90 percent who fail. I want to be one of the 10 percent who succeed. I'm going to fight these hormones to the bitter end.