Weight Loss Study

As though Individuals needed any suggestion that losing weight is actually difficult and maintaining weight loss even more difficult, research confirms that dieters who shed weight on the low-calorie diet plan were hungrier than once they started. Adding insult to injury, this weight loss study showed these dieters had higher levels of certain hormones than when they started the weight loss diet.

The study was published in the New England Journal of Medicine. It showed why 80% of dieters gain their lost weight back. The problem lies in these hormones which tell the body when to eat more, when to conserve energy, and when to store fat. Your body essentially tells itself to compensate for the weight loss by eating more so it can reverse the weight loss.

The study was completed in Australia and targeted 50 men and women who were considered obese but otherwise healthy. They put these subjects on a 550 low-calorie diet for 2 months. After two weeks and after one year later, the researchers measured the blood of 9 different hormones which affect appetite and metabolism.

The program tested the limits of weight loss which was intended for the participants to lose up to 10% of their weight. Out of the 50 who started, 34 finished the program and lost an average of 30 lbs. After one year, the dieters gained an average of 12 pounds despite being counseled.

A important discovery was that after testing the 9 different hormone levels, 6 hormones were still not balanced, tipping toward the direction that would cause you to feel hungry.

Some experts say the body is responding to the extreme diet by fighting back because it feels threatened, sort of like the fight or flight syndrome. Personally, I feel your body thinks it has an ideal weight and it works like a magnet to pull you back up to that weight. This weight loss study kinds of confirms it and establishes that your hormone levels may have something to do with it.

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