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Have you ever gained 20 lbs (9 kg) in less than six months?

Lisa from Glasgow wants to know:

Have you ever gained 20 lbs (9 kg) in less than six months?

Short answer, yes.

Long answer, I was a yo-yo dieter for many years, starting with my being a fat child. I lost a lot of weight (130 lb / 60 kg) when I was about 17 and realised that girls wouldn’t be interested in me unless I did.

However, because I lost so much weight so quickly, as soon as I stopped “dieting”, I found that weight started to pile back on.

Over time, I’ve realised that fast weight loss leads to fast weight gain, because eating less is a chore, rather than it being normal. As I got older, I became more patient and eventually realised that the slower I lost weight, the more likely it was that when I stopped losing weight because I’d reached some “goal”, the more likely it would be that this weight would be sustainable.

In fact, I found that by losing between 0.5 kg and 1 kg a month, by the time I reached a weight that I was happy with, I wasn’t “on a diet” at all, and I could keep that eating regime going indefinitely.

So, in summary, yes, I have gained 20 lb in less than six months (that’s less than 2 kg a month, so it’s not so extreme), but if you’re gaining weight that fast, you’re probably stuck in a yo-yo cycle that can only be sorted out by slowing down the process of weight loss, which takes patience and willpower.

If you can do it however, you have a chance of fixing it permanently; I did.

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