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We all know someone who lost weight and never gained a pound back. Rgggg if you're one of those. For the rest of us, there's new research to show why some people have a harder time maintaining weight loss than others.

The study that will appear in November's Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism states that you can predict how many pounds someone will put back on after dieting based on certain hormone levels when they started their weight loss program. Specifially, researchers looked at appetite hormone levels (ghrelin and leptin) of 104 men and women who were obese and overweight. In case you're not familiar, ghrelin increases appetite and leptin tells your brain you've had enough to eat.

At 32 weeks in the study, 55 people had maintained their weight loss while 49 regained 10% or more of what they had lost. Those who had higher levels of leptin and lower levels of ghrelin when they started dieting were more likely to regain. YIKES!!!

Lead author Ana Crujeiras said, "We believe this research is of foremost relevance in clinical terms as it may indicate that the outcome of weight therapy may be pre-conditioned. Furthermore, our findings may provide endocrinology and nutrition professionals a tool to identify individuals in need of specialized weight-loss programs that first target appetite hormone levels before beginning conventional dietary treatment."

Should you run out and get tested before starting a diet or weight loss program? Well, that's up to you. Not sure that's really the answer. For us, we are going back to that old trick. Drink a big glass of water before eating to help fill the need to feed.

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