Food Is Not Your Enemy

Why It’s So Hard to Keep the Weight Off
November 1, 2011, 11:34 am
Filed under: Food/Health Blogs, Healthy Lifestyle, weight loss | Tags: , ,

Time Healthland ran an interesting and somewhat frustrating piece about what happens to dieters’ bodies once they lose weight. In a nutshell:

“When obese people lose body fat, levels of the hormone leptin, which is produced by fat cells, drop. That signals to the brain that the body’s energy stores are low, slowing metabolism and triggering hunger.”

Anyone who’s ever lost weight may have experienced that sense of surprise and dismay at how easy it is to put the weight back on–if you eat the same things as your friends who were never fat you might put weight on, while your friends would not. This hormone issue is the reason why.

I believe it helps matters if you didn’t lose the weight via a crash diet in the first place. Taking a slow, gradual approach that involves using foods that naturally regulate your appetite resets your “normal” habits and allows your body and mind time to adjust. This is the way I go about working with my clients. If you’d like to find out more about my approach and how I can help you, visit my Web site.

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