Originally Posted by Dreamliner
So, I no longer believe that dieters gain their weight back simply because they 'slide back into old habits' or 'take their eyes off the ball.' I think it has more to do with the body's biological safeguards. I cannot blame them for gaining their weight back. I can only blame them now if they keep dieting hoping for a happier result.
My neighbor who lost 75 pounds on his quack, er, doctor-directed Opti-Fast diet ? He's already gained back 15 in a matter of weeks. Evidently, his body prefers real food. Go figure.
I dont buy your setpoint weight argument however I think there is something in this last part worth discussing. Part of it may be taking their eyes off the ball or falling back into old habits. And another thing may be that extreme dieting like so many embark on to lose their weight is actually causing their metabolism to drop significantly more than their weight loss alone would explain. This is what they have found with many of the biggest loser contestants who have gone on to gain back their weight. So, I do think how the weight is lost may give us a better idea as to why so many gain weight after successful weight loss.