Why is it harder to lose weight if you are nearer to your target weight?
9 Feb 07
I think it's because, when you've been dieting for a while, your body starts to adjust to surviving on fewer calories, so it doesn't burn up so many, and that last bit of weight is therefore harder to lose. I also think ypu're probably right, that your motivation goes down too, after a long while dieting, and maybe we start "cheating" without realising.
9 Feb 07
Its because you are more acceptable to yourself now that you are just a little overweight compared to how you were when you were more overweight. So you don't try as hard. I had 2 stone of baby weight to lose once I had him. First stone, it flew off. I starved myself (well not quite, but I skipped meals and ate NO rubbish). Once I got that stone off...well the whole effort lost momentum. And I am still a stone over what I should weigh! I think that the psychological aspect is very important.