Contributed by: Elizabeth Mariutto, PsyD, CEDS at Lindner Center of HOPE. Americans are pummeled with the importance of fighting obesity. Individuals that are in larger bodies are pressured by our society, including the medical community, to lose weight to improve their health. However, data indicates that weight loss is notoriously ineffective, with 95% of those who lose weight gaining that back, and more, within one to five years (National Eating Disorders Association, 2018). Research has indicated that while weight can be stable over time if there are not changes in how much nutrition is taken in and then burned, this settling point can be impacted by long term changes in energy balance, or the amount of calories burned vs. those that are taken in. Specifically, changing this balance of energy too drastically leads to lowered metabolism, making it easier to regain the weight lost (Martin et al., 2007).