You have no doubt heard about the research on the The Biggest Loser contestants showing that 13 of the 14 gained back some or all of the weight lost. Researchers believe that the reason is depressed metabolism, meaning that the former contestants now burned hundreds of calories less than would be expected. Clearly this type of extreme dieting doesn’t work for long term weight loss.

This article points out the important reasons behind re-gaining weight after weight loss, and will help you lift any shame you have for your own experiences with re-gaining weight.

In the years since, more than 100 pounds have crept back onto his 5-foot-11 frame despite his best efforts. In fact, most of that season’s 16 contestants have regained much if not all the weight they lost so arduously. Some are even heavier now.

Yet their experiences, while a bitter personal disappointment, have been a gift to science. A study of Season 8’s contestants has yielded surprising new discoveries about the physiology of obesity that help explain why so many people struggle unsuccessfully to keep off the weight they lose. “The Biggest Loser” Their Bodies Fought To Regain Weight | Read more at New York Times