Weight loss attempts can help with weight gain. According to a recent dissertation study, normal-weight dieters gained more weight in 11 years than normal-weight people who did not lose weight.

In her dissertation, Laura Sares-Jäske, Master of Food Sciences, studied the connection between weight loss and obesity and the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

Weight loss was common, especially among 30- to 39-year-olds, people who were heavily overweight, and highly educated.

- On the other hand, dieters had less favorable blood fat values, a weaker sense of coherence and more control over their appearance and health than people who did not lose weight, Sares-Jäske describes in a University of Helsinki press release.

The results showed that weight loss attempts, weight loss, and weight variability during the previous year were associated with an increase in body mass index and waist circumference during the 11-year follow-up.

Initially, normal weight dieters gained more weight than those normal weight who did not lose weight. In contrast, no similar difference was observed for obese.

Weight loss also appears to be associated with an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Dieters with unhealthy lifestyles had an increased risk of developing the disease in the study.

Weight loss is not far off

Underlying the connections is probably the fact that weight loss attempts tend to fail. For example, losing weight lowers your metabolism and can increase your feeling of hunger. In this way, human biology seeks to prevent weight loss and promote obesity.

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Failed to lose weight can also lead to repeated weight loss attempts and weight yo-yo.

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A moderate pace helps in weight loss to a more lasting outcome.

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Aim for permanent weight management

In addition to being overweight, many normal weight people also lose weight. However, they should avoid unnecessary dieting attempts.

Sares-Jäske emphasizes that if weight loss is of health benefit to a person, it is still worth setting a goal.

- However, weight loss should be planned in a planned way, based on positive lifestyle changes and with the goal of permanent weight management.

According to Sares-Jäsken, normal weights should focus on adopting a healthy lifestyle so that they can maintain their normal weight and prevent weight gain in the future.

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