According to the Centre for Nutritional Studies at The Chinese University of Hong Kong, on average, dieters are likely to regain 17 per cent of their weight loss after 2.7 years.
The study investigates 602 individuals who have taken the weight loss program organized by the Centre one to five years before the survey. It was found that the percentage of weight bounced back increases with the time lapsed after taken the program. For those who have taken the program one year before, the percentage is 18 per cent. But if it is five years before, the percentage increases to 61 per cent.
Of 602 cases under studies, only 12 per cent did not have their weight rebounded, 49 per cent regained 1 to 25 per cent of their original weight loss while 39 per cent with weight rebounded 26 per cent or more which is beyond the acceptable range.
For those with weight rebounded within the acceptable range (i.e. 25 per cent or less of their original weight loss), the study found that:
* 82% regularly checked their weight
* 79% sought professional advice regularly
* 75% stuck to the assigned food quota
* 73% kept on doing moderate exercise after shedding fat
* 63% kept diary on daily food intake
In addition, they did not eat dinner late and they had not switched their job nature during the period. More noticeably, they did not lose weight too quickly. Only 2% had their weight regained within the acceptable range had they lost eight pounds or more in a month. A healthy weight loss should be one pound per week.
On the other hand, of those with ‘rebound weight’ more than 50 per cent of their lost weight, less than 30 per cent of them followed the food quota, kept the daily record of their food intake or kept on doing exercise. And more than 80 per cent of them did not seek professional support from time to time.
In fact, shedding fat is the easier part of the battle against obesity, avoiding ‘rebound weight’ is the most difficult part. This requires persistent healthy eating habits such as eating wholesome foods as well as taking a good amount of moderate exercise regularly.
Persistent healthy eating habits require the will of mind. This is where hypnosis comes in for help as the most powerful tool available for sustainable weight loss is from our subconscious mind.
Under the hypnotic state, the suggestions go directly to our subconscious mind. As our subconscious mind is more powerful than our conscious mind, if the suggestions related to our eating habits go straightly to our subconscious level, the change would take place more effectively and permanently.
In addition, we have to be congruent about the outcome we want and having the belief that it is possible for us to make the change. Our belief strongly influences our behavior. We need to have a belief that we can actually do something before we are likely to succeed. In this regard, hypnosis can help remove any deeply rooted belief that limits our success in losing weight permanently.