Saturday, November 19, 2011

Dieting and Hormones

There was a great article about dieting and hormones the other week in the New York Times. The article says it all, so I will just highlight a few things:

"The dieters then spent 10 weeks on a very low calorie regimen of 500 to 550 calories a day intended to makes them lose 10 percent of their body weight. In fact, their weight loss averaged 14 percent, or 29 pounds. As expected, their hormone levels changed in a way that increased their appetites, and indeed they were hungrier than when they started the study."

A peptide hormone neurotransmitter produced by fat cells and involved in the regulation of appetite

"When leptin falls, appetite increases and metabolism slows. A year after the weight loss diet, leptin levels were still one-third lower than they were at the start of the study, and leptin levels increased as subjects regained their weight."

“You are putting your body into a circumstance it will resist,” he said. “You are, in a sense, more metabolically normal when you are at a higher body weight.”

Dieting still doesn't work!

1 comment:

stephenCollines said...

Think aback to time if you were just hungry. Dinner seemed so far abroad and the ache began to rip beyond your stomach. You became irritated, affronted and anxious.

overcoming emotional eating