It’s also one of the curses of the formerly obese and the perennially dieting. People with extra fat cells may be able to shrink these cells and get great results, but since their fat cells don’t just disappear, they tend to regain lost weight rapidly if they’re not careful. Those “insidious little sponges” are just waiting to be fed, so it takes some real commitment and care to keep the weight off permanently.

However, like many shuffles of the genetic cards, what you are dealt may be less important than how you play the hand. We all went to school both with people who seemed to get As without cracking a book, and with others who had to put in long hours of studying. Ultimately, your performance during a jump rope program has more to do with knowing what and who you are — and then working with that — instead of fighting it.

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