This general rule, which tends to be what most dieters adhere to means that if you stick at it for a period of 12 months, you can expect to loose around 52Ibs. However, according to a study which has been published in health journal ‘The Lancet’, it takes much longer to lose this amount of weight – approximately three years.
The US researchers have said that the calculation used to work out this figure is fundamentally flawed as it fails to take into consideration the changes in the metabolism which occur as we diet.
Researchers have also said that the reason so many individuals fall back into old habits and regain their weight is because they have unrealistic expectations about weight loss which are almost impossible to achieve.
Research looking into outpatient weight loss programmes has shown that the vast majority of dieters reach their peak at around six months, after which weight loss slows or the weight begins to creep back on again.
At this point, many people believe the regain is due to the metabolism getting used to having less food and slowing, so they assume their eating programme is no longer working and slip back into old habits.
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