It often happens that you are extremely delighted to lose those extra kilos that were constantly weighing down but they tend to find their way back after a while. Every person who has ever struggled with overweight problems has lived the same history. So losing weight is not easy where you have to regulate your diet and curb your cravings.
But there is good news as recently published research by the Copenhagen University has disclosed a better understanding of the processes involved in weight loss and obesity, says News Medical.
During the study, 20 overweight, but otherwise healthy people were given a low-calorie diet and shed, on average, 13 percent of their body weight. They then joined a maintenance program of 52 weeks, which involved diet and lifestyle changes, including a diet calendar tracking. If they observed a gain in weight, they were allowed to replace no more than two meals a day with a diet product based on low calories. The blood of the participants was tested prior weight loss, after weight loss, and after 52 weeks of weight maintenance.
The study demonstrates that if a person who is overweight is able to sustain initial weight loss – in this case for a year – the body will ultimately ‘accept’ this new weight and therefore not fight against it, as is otherwise usually the case when you are in a calorie-deficit condition, says Signe Sorensen Torekov, the associate professor from the Department of Biomedical Sciences and Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Basic Metabolic Research.
As the body acquires weight, new, higher ‘’norms’’ are put in place. Once weight is lost, your body compensates in an endeavor to get back to what it sees as its standard weight. According to a research, after one year of weight loss maintenance, two hormones that restrain your appetite, GPL-1 and PPY, increased and Ghrelin, the hunger hormone, came back to normal, thus bringing down your body’s earlier ‘’norm’’ concerning weight.
People who are overweight possess low levels of appetite restraining hormone GLP-1. The good thing is that now you can in reality increase the levels of this hormone as well as the appetite curbing hormone PYY by weight loss and that the levels are maintained high when you sustain your weight loss for one year, according to first author of the research study MD and PhD student Eva Winning Lepsen.
“The interesting and uplifting information revealed by this study is that if you are able to maintain your weight loss for a longer period of time, it seems as if you have ‘passed the critical point’, and after this point, it will actually become easier for you to maintain your weight loss than is was immediately after the initial weight loss. Thus, the body is no longer fighting against you, but actually with you, which is good news for anyone trying to lose weight,” Associate Professor Signe Sorensen Torekov mentioned.
It appears that the secret to permanent weight loss has been found and all that now needs to be done is to plan a perfect program for weight loss. An endocrinologist and professor of nutrition at Harvard School of Public Health, Dr. David Ludwig, has published a book called Always Hungry in which he draws attention to the importance of a well-regulated diet when shedding weight.
He recommends by saying that eating more of the right type of dietary fat, such as avocados, full-fat dairy, olive oil, nut butters, nuts, real dark chocolate and full-fat salad dressings are the key to health weight loss and further says that starch vegetables and refined carbs should not be included.