Weve all seen it happen. The ball drops on New Years Eve, and the person next to you swears theyre going to lose weight in the upcoming year. It may have even been your resolution this year.
The reality is that many people actually succeed in their weight loss endeavors. They change their diet and exercise more, and before you know it, theyre actually down ten, twenty, thirty pounds or more.
As time marches on, though, the little needle on the scale starts to slowly creep back up on the scale. What happened? Why is it so hard for people who diet to actually keep the weight that theyve lost off?
A Brainy Solution
One new study suggests its all in your head.
In order to understand why people were unable to keep weight off, researchers restricted the amount of food mice were able to eat until they lost up to 15% of their body weight. Once the weight was dropped, the scientists found that the mice that had lost weight actually had higher levels of the stress hormone corticosterone.
Want another tidbit? The mice got depressed as soon as they lost the weight.
Dieting actually causes mood changes in people who successfully lose weight.
Researchers also found higher levels of the melanin-concentrating hormone, as well as the hormone known as orexin, both of which actually controlling eating behavior. Not only that, though, but after the mice regained the lost weight, the hormone levels actually stayed the way they were.
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Yep. Your thoughts are right. That means that weight loss followed by weight gain may result in more pounds than you had initially.
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Day 155: Gluten free pizza
Image by joeyanne One of our local pizza places offers gluten free pizzas but we hadn't tried them before today. I wasn't really in the mood for pizza, but I have to confess it was really lovely. It's a very thin base and not that crispy (though the crust was) - I like it that way but it's probably not good for a deep pan fan. Great to be able to get a gluten free takeaway so easily! 🙂
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