Special thanks to John Gunstad, professor with the Department of Psychological Sciences at Kent State University, for speaking with us about his cutting-edge research on how losing weight affects brain function.
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Here’s what losing weight does to your body and brain.
During the first week, you may find it easy to lose weight by simply switching to a healthier diet. But as your metabolism adjusts, you won’t burn as many calories as you used to.
So losing additional weight will become harder.
Making matters worse, as the fat melts away, you’ll start to experience an increase in appetite. After a meal, fat cells release a hormone called leptin into the bloodstream.
This surge in leptin levels signals to your brain you’re full and should stop eating. But with less overall fat, people who lose weight show a measurable dip in leptin.
Brain scans of obese patients who had lost 10% of their body weight revealed that less leptin leads to increased activity in regions of the brain that control our desire to eat.
The result isn’t just an increased appetite but an even stronger urge to eat fatty, high-calorie foods, because your brain is trying to restore the body’s leptin levels to normal.
However, fighting that early impulse to gorge on pizza and donuts is worth it in the long run.
Besides the decreased risk of heart disease, hypertension, high cholesterol and type 2 diabetes, scientists studying overweight people discovered that losing just one pound of body weight reduces four pounds of pressure on knee joints.
Losing excess weight also reduces strain on the blood vessels, increases blood flow to the brain, and boosts overall brain function.
Several studies have shown that people who underwent weight-loss surgery saw an improvement in memory, concentration, and problem-solving skills in as soon as three months.
Plus, brain scans indicate that people who lost weight and kept it off for nine months reacted differently when shown images of high-calorie foods than before they lost the weight.
The brain regions that process reward, motivation, and taste didn’t react as strongly, whereas the areas that promote overall self-control had a boost in activity.
So fighting those cravings early on might make them easier to control later. Turns out — like anything else — losing weight can get easier with practice.
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I'm not eating calories (bread, potatoes, noodles...) for two months now without feeling any hunger. When I was forced by a friend to eat a chocolate roll it tasted disgusting. Is something wrong with me?
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I have already noticed how much better I am eating on my feast days (no cravings for fried food or sugary foods) and how much less my body needs (cannot eat as much as I use to)...
I've lost 70 pounds and kept it off for 6 years now, I have bounced back and forth between 10 pounds. Everybody has to find their own way, every diet will work for a while, but people end up gaining it back. Be honest with yourself in what you're willing to do and not do in terms of diet and exercise. You have to balance.
I don’t know about losing weight- though I could stand to lose about twenty pounds- but when I became a vegetarian, those first few months were pretty rough- I craved meat. Now I don’t even notice I’m not eating it!
I had to white-knuckle it for the first month to stop myself from eating sugar and junk food. My weight has fluctuated over the past two years, but each time I slip up, it's from a lower weight than the last time. Right now I'm 5ft 3 and weight 57kg, started slightly overweight at 65kg two years ago. Not a lot of difference for the time, but I've kept up a healthy lifestyle and now have a regular exercise regiment, and I feel spectacular.
Best advice I was given to stop eating carbs: Once you eat them, your blood sugar will crash and you'll experience a direct slump a few hours later. If you always have work to do, it's in your best interest with regards to productivity to reach for the protein instead. You'll be fuller and have way more energy. Trust me. That advice saved me so much grief, my fear of not getting my work done overrode my desire for a donut.
It's funny because I have switched to nothing but water for 2 months and (no flavors just straight up water occasionally iced water) I can't believe I use to drink sodas do I miss them? Sure. Do I crave them? Not like I use to when I didn't have them
I'm 6'0 311lbs but my weight goes up and down everyday...some say it's from working out that not only makes you slim down but gains some muscles on you making it hard to believe if your losing any weight at all...I just wanna gain enough muscle to have strength to play as a lineman (which I'm doing in my sophomore year this year) and be able to slim down. Is there any good tips from anyone that can help me out during the long run?
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Losing weight is very easy . The key is to reduce sugar and carbohydrates to the minimum. The hardest part of losing weight is to conquer the sugar addiction. Sugar is addictive as hell. Sugar is the main cause of obesity.
i went paleo, and seriously, the first few weeks were a living hell, the cravings alone. but now a year later i literally get no cravings. i unironically prefer broccoli and fruit over junk food. because of the way it makes me feel, my brain.
But ... feminists told me I'm beautiful even with 200 pounds extra.
Our standards of beauty are patriarchal and the result of white supremacy.
If you want to fight racism, be obese.
Also death to white people, allah akbar, long live Justine Turdeau - Donald Trump is LITERALLY HITLER. LITERALLY.
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