One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘there are many things that can cause slimmers to backslide’
relapse, lapse, regress, retrogress, revert to one's bad habits, weaken, lose one's resolve, give in to temptation, go astray, leave the straight and narrow, go down the primrose path
2‘his only worry was that if she left things would backslide’
degenerate, deteriorate, slip, slide, fall off, revert to a former state, regress, retrogress
informal go downhill, go to pot, go to the dogs
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