Does your body fight to stay fat? Maybe, research suggests

By Linda Carroll, TODAY Health

It's the first week of January and many of us are gearing up to start our home versions of "The Biggest Loser."

We've got it all planned out: the low calorie meals, the hours pounding the treadmill.

But even if we succeed in slimming down to the size of our dreams, we most likely won't stay that way. Most people don't, research has shown.

The reason for all that weight re-gain, a new article in the New York Times magazine depressingly suggests, is that our bodies are at war with our minds and are working overtime to get back to that plump figure we so despise.

We can't think of our new weight loss program as something to be suffered through for the next several months as we wait impatiently to go back to our old hedonistic ways. We have to realize that this new diet and exercise regimen is a change for life.

Sure, we'll be able to eat a few more calories and exercise a little less once we achieve our ideal weight. But we'll never be able to go back to the lifestyle that got us fat in the first place.

We probably won't even be able to eat as much as people who weigh the same as we do. Our bodies have been altered by the weight we've gained and our bodies like the pudgy look. Our brains will have to battle against that for the rest of our lives.

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