Weight gain after losing the weight seems to be the norm.
But it' s important to note the research studies that come up with this
finding are primarily short-term studies conducted over weeks, months,
at best, a year. This makes a difference.
Research on long-term, successful weight-loss maintainers paints a
very different picture. Do you qualify as a successful,
long-term maintainer? If so, it' s clear that
people who maintain a weight loss for two years are
much more successful at staying at their ideal body weight for good.
If you' ve come as far as you have in successfully maintaining your
weight loss, you' ve changed your behavior a lot. Overeating and
engaging in those behaviors that kept you overweight probably used to
be automatic for you. In order to maintain your weight-loss success for so
long, you must have activated new automatic settings in yourself. The
things that are automatic to you now are things that are keeping you
right at your weight-loss goal. That' s a very good place to be. When
you reach this stage of weight control, you should have every
confidence about staying there.