DID YOU KNOW that less than 5% of people will successfully lose weight and keep it off for more than 3 years?
That means; 95% of people who diet and lose body fat - will regain their weight (and sometimes more) within a 3 year period.....could your dieting be making you fatter?
Dieting activates the body's self defence system. This is an automatic response to a calorie restriction as your body doesn't know you 'want to lose weight' and are choosing to eat in a deficit - it just sees it as starvation.
So what exactly is the body's self defence system and how could it be making us fatter?
There are 3 parts to the body's self defence system:
Defend - Your body prevents further weight loss by decreasing BMR and other metabolic adaptations (we usually will see a plateau in weight loss as a result)
Restore - Your body wants you to replenish 'what it has lost' and therefore increases hunger cues when you are eating a sufficient calorie intake
Prevent - Your body can actually multiply the amount of fat cells to decrease the probability of weight loss in the future (therefore making weight loss harder)
There are 3 main factors that will contribute to the rate of activation of the self defence system which includes the severity of the calorie deficit (if you have been on a very low calorie diet), how long you have been in a calorie deficit and how frequently you have dieted.
The lower the calories, the longer you have been dieting and the more frequently you have been dieting the stronger the activation of the self defence system will be.
This all sounds pretty negative if you are someone who has done all of the above on and off for most of your life.....BUT it is not all doom and gloom.
There are things that we can do to ensure that next time we lose weight and keep it off.....if you are interested in finding out more - check out the Empire 8 Week Transformation Challenge - We educate you on sustainable and long term weight loss!