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Why Do I Regain Weight After A Strict Diet?

By Dr. Nikita Toshi +2 more

Whenever you go to a gym, you must have heard the instructor tell you – ”you must be regular with your diet!” and I have come across so many people who do the exact opposite only to tell that all the weight they had lost because of a stringent diet, has come back for worse!

Here are the most common reasons why:


Blame the Biological Clock

Your biological instincts kick in -The body is not aware of the process of dieting and perceives it as starvation! This makes the body activate its survival mode and it results in an escalation of food cravings. Most people on a diet succumb to these cravings and are then no longer on the losing end of their weight loss program!

Researchers have postulated that the levels of ghrelin, a hormone tends to increase after the weight reduction brought on by diet and exercise may be the cause of “rebound weight gain”. Ghrelin is known to promote the desire to eat. It has the ability to control hunger, fat storage, and energy management. It also has interactions with other hormones like insulin that are important in regulating energy and storing fat.

Dr. Siddharth Gupta, MD

Random Gym Sessions

You do not follow your gym schedule: Most people believe that eating carefully is enough to lose weight and the gym routine is either not needed or is secondary. This is a myth. If you stop going exercising, your body will stop burning off the stored fat that is essential for weight loss! Dieting only prevents additional weight gain, to burn off what is already stored, you need to exercise.

Also Read: 8 Effective Exercises for Weight Loss

Eating Junk Foods

You have returned to your normal eating habits: This is by far the least obvious thing to do but people still do it! If you have lost weight after strict dieting, then your body is lighter and that means it needs fewer calories. But now, you, my friend, have gone back to eating the usual diet and therefore all the extra calories are being converted and stored as fat!

Did you know the weight gained following reduction may result from a diet high in saturated fat and low in carbohydrates? Studies have revealed that when a regular diet is resumed, water is replenished, the weight soon recovers, and some muscle tissue is regenerated. which results in weight gain.

Dr. Rajeev Singh, BAMS

Lack of Proteins

You ignore the protein in your diet: So you achieved your weight goals and the world seems brighter! However, if you notice yourself gaining a little weight here and there, it could be because you are not consuming enough proteins. Not getting enough proteins will slow down your metabolic rate and that makes the body more vulnerable to weight gain as your metabolism is no longer burning fats at the required rate!

It is true, what they say! The correct weight is not as difficult to achieve as it is to maintain!

So be aware of your habits if you are following a weight loss diet and come what may do not slip into the old habits!

Also Read: Green Coffee Beans for Weight Loss: Fact or Fiction?

Disclaimer: The information provided here is for educational/awareness purposes only and is not intended to be a substitute for medical treatment by a healthcare professional and should not be relied upon to diagnose or treat any medical condition. The reader should consult a registered medical practitioner to determine the appropriateness of the information and before consuming any medication. PharmEasy does not provide any guarantee or warranty (express or implied) regarding the accuracy, adequacy, completeness, legality, reliability or usefulness of the information; and disclaims any liability arising thereof.

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