This partially helps to explain why crash diets never work long-term. They are such a sudden shock to the body that our metabolism starts working against – rather than with – the weight loss.
This also makes the case for long-term approaches to weight loss that implement behavior modification and a slow but steady overhaul of eating habits and dietary patterns.The important of physical activity is also front and center here, since all forms -- and especially weight-bearing exercises -- prevent basal metabolic rate from slowing down.
As lead author Michael Rosenbaum states, "Anybody who has lost weight and kept it off will tell you that they have to keep battling. They have essentially reinvented themselves."
Thank you to Fred Tripp for forwarding me this article.