It is easy to say losing weight is difficult. It is a notion easily accepted because rarely does weight loss come about without a struggle. Unless you have ample experience with weight loss, you are also going to find it hard. But this is not to say you cannot make consistent progress, despite the ongoing challenges.
In contrast, it may seem ridiculous to hear gaining weight is also difficult. Some people may believe gaining weight is something they could do in their sleep. In reality, weight gain is not a natural process for the body, similar to weight loss.
What is natural for the body is to maintain its current weight. Balance is essential, and deviating in either direction is an inconvenience. Internal changes occur whether the body packs on mass or is relieved of extra weight. The body does not want to compensate for these changes, so it makes weight gain and weight loss relatively difficult.
As far as weight loss goes you have likely experienced this phenomenon yourself. The first few pounds are easily lost. It may seem as if just doing a bit of exercise and making one or two changes to your diet are all that is necessary to succeed. But after a short while, progress stalls. The changes you carried out before no longer have any effect. The only way to continue is to make further changes, particularly in regards to caloric intake. Your metabolism adapts to your changes and attempts to establish a new balance. What worked before is no longer enough as a new threshold has to be overcome.
The same principle applies to weight gain. The first few pounds pack on quickly. Then your body adjusts, so the habits you developed to gain weight will only maintain it. For you to gain another ten or twenty pounds would take a lot of time, not to mention more bad habits.
If you still have any doubt as to why gaining weight is as hard as losing it, consider how much time it takes the average adult to become overweight. For most, the answer is years. Even if it occurs unnoticed, it is never an overnight process.
In comparison, many are successful at losing weight in a matter of months. Hard work and willpower are often enough to push through the body’s attempts to establish new thresholds. Eventually, there comes the point of diminishing returns since losing further weight becomes unnaturally difficult. At that time, individuals will find themselves at a healthy body weight anyway.
Lastly, the main difference between weight gain and weight loss is calories consumed. Make sure you are consuming portions that are conducive to your goal – how much you eat will determine which direction your body weight will take.