Not a Real GameLiver
- Jan 28, 2010
It's a bit of both.Don't you think that if your lifestyle changes your weight can change long term? Weight comes back mostly because ultimately people tend to get back to their comfortable routine sooner or later?
Or are you saying it's simply your body adjusts and slows your metabolism to the extent it cancels whatever your diet/exercise does?
Most people can't sustain the rigorous demands of a diet and exercise regiment that cuts a ton of calories. They feel tired, angry, etc. That decision to "give up" or "go back to their comfortable routine" isn't one that they actively make. The brain can override willpower or logic or whatever to get what it needs. Same reason that I can't fathom searching for food in a garbage bin, but upon a few days of starving, my survival mode would kick in and I'd just do it.
Then yeah, you overcome all of that, and you body adjusts. It used to live on 3000 calories a day. Now it lives on 1500. It begins operating on the assumption it will only get 1500 now; maybe you get a bit more sluggish, think a bit less clearly, your body makes the cuts it needs to. You stop losing weight. Can you maintain here by staying at 1500? Sure. But most people don't want to diet rigorously for zero results. So they make even more severe cuts (unhealthy) or let up a bit... and now 2000 calories is too much and you start gaining weight.
For anyone interested, the Obesity Code is a great book on all this. I have blamed myself for my weight my whole life and will probably never stop. Hard not to when society tells us nothing besides that fat people are lazy pieces of shit besides overwhelming evidence that diets don't work. But there's a reason some fit people never gain weight no matter what they eat and some fat folks never lose it. It's based on insulin levels/metabolism/genetics.