Weight Loss Wednesday: Why Diets Don’t Work (Part 3)

Extreme diets disrupt your hormones. Hormones like Leptin and Ghrelin, are metabolic hormones, that go hand in hand. There is a balance between hunger and satisfaction. Leptin tells the brain to turn off hunger while ghrelin tells the brain that you’re hungry.

When your hungry, about to eat, or just thinking about a delicious food…your gut releases ghrelin. Ghrelin goes up when the stomach is empty. Ghrelin is why you always feel hungry during particular times during the day. Your body clock goes off and releases ghrelin at particular times of the day…it’s a pretty finely tunded schedule. Ghrelin will go up until you have given your body enough nutrients to satisfy its needs. Consistent calorie restrictions will keep ghrelin levels high which is why many yo yo dieters will feel more hungry the more they restrict their calories…this is nature’s way of getting us to eat.

Sedentary lifestyle – getting too little exercise. 31% of Americans are getting adequate amounts of exercise. That’s moderate exercise for 30 minutes, 5 times per week. About 40% of people do no exercise at all according to the CDC. That means another 29% are active but not often enough. Regular exercise is a vital part of effective weight loss. It helps control your weight by utilizing excess calories that would otherwise be stored as fat. Not to mention, physical activity also improves your overall health. Study after study have shown that regular exercise combined with a good diet is the most effective way to control your weight.

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