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    Weight memory

    Question about muscle memory vs weight memory. If u were 170 pounds until say 30 and then you gain 40 to 100 pounds in your 30s. Does your body have a weight memory like it has muscle memory with weights. If u stop lifting for 5 years and then start again, the gains come back quick. Does weight gain work differently in that the body doesnt want to go back to 170 and will make it very hard.
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    You invented weight memory. If anyone knows the answer, it would be you.
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    It sounds like you are referring to homeostasis. Yes, it does exist to some extent and bodyweight is part of that. What tends to happen is that you remain roughly the same weight in your 20s, 30s, 40s unless habits change. The main difference is that muscle is slowly lost and replaced with fat.

    The is even some tentative evidence that wearing a weight vest makes it easier to lose weight - your body can sense its' own mass in some way.

    Of course if your habits change a lot - like you give up all sport and take a desk job, get life stressors like a mortgage, bills, debts, divorce, pressure from work - then this massively overwhelms the homeostasis effect and you tend to become either skinnier or fatter than before.
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    You can get back to your original weight however it can be very difficult. You were usually more active during the day and had different eating habits back then. You can get even lower than your original weight it just depends on your calorie intake. Body composition also changes so a weight training program is usually necessary to re build lost muscle
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