Want to Lose Weight But Can’t? Read This

Photo Credit: Mehdi Faraj (flickr.com)

Photo Credit: Mehdi Faraj (flickr.com)

 

You’re probably one of those people who make losing weight as their yearly New Year’s resolution – only it never goes beyond that. Many of us want to lose weight and some try their best to lose those unwanted pounds like yesterday but nothing they do seems to work. Not the diet pills recommended by a friend, not the diet that they read about online. Nothing.

Sometimes what happens is they lose a bit of weight but after a few days it all comes back with a vengeance and more besides. Some experts say that our ability to lose weight fast or slow depends on a lot of things like our age and body type. But what most experts haven’t told us is that we also fail to lose weight because years of eating and overeating has changed the way our metabolism works. To be more specific, the signaling pathways in the hypothalamus get damaged and this is the part of the brain that regulates metabolism.

Pretty amazing right? Who would have known that the way we’ve been eating could actually limit our ability to lose weight or our metabolism for that matter? Overeating, especially overeating fattening food damages our neurons because it overloads them. No wonder they always tell us to eat less fat. I especially am still reeling from the fact that my weight loss problems a few years ago or the slowness of my journey so to speak, had a lot more to do with my eating attitude rather than how much or how often I ate.

This is one reason why we have new weight loss strategies in place that have less to do with your actual diet and more on your attitude towards eating. A diet that’s high in saturated fat and simple carbohydrates apparently is enough to set off a chain reaction of metabolic dysfunction, involving leptin and ghrelin, hormones that regulate our appetite. A high in fat and carbohydrates diet also significantly contributed to brain changes, further limiting our ability to lose as much weight as possible.

So what will finally make you lose weight and keep it off? The answer is to change your diet and change it fast. The good news is that any damage to the hypothalamus can be reversed when you go on a low-fat diet and there isn’t a specific diet that you have to follow, as long as it is one that reduces calories, fat and simple carbohydrates.

As far as finding the best diet regimen to go on, you won’t have a shortage of that considering how many diet trends come up every so often. The key is finding one that works with your body, not against it. When you find a good diet regimen along with some great supplementation that you can get from sources like the Nutrition Warehouse website, you can lose the weight much faster.

Of course, that’s not to say you should just go ahead and pick any diet and supplements. As always, you will need to exercise careful thought and consideration and do thorough research on what your supplements contain and whether or not they will be good for you. You should always remember to consult a qualified physician or nutritionist about your choices because the last thing you’ll read on the label is that the supplement will be bad for you.

You will also see products that claim to help you lose weight in 10 days or claim to have a new ingredient that they describe as a scientific breakthrough. Supplements like these have flooded the market for years and the FDA has sorted out the illegitimate ones from the legit ones for so long that it took them 13 years to approve a new weight loss drug. That’s how much you should be careful about weight loss supplements because you need to be aware of how dangerous these products can be.

And lastly, another thing you should remember is that permanent weight loss takes time. Those who claim to have lost so much weight have either gained it all back within the year or gained more than their original weight. It takes time to heal hypothalamic damage so it is best to re-wire your brain and basically be prepared to be in this for the long haul. Nothing worth having is easy to get after all and hard work always pays off, remember that the next time you are tempted to go off the straight and narrow path.

You might also like:

31 Days to Feeling Physically and Emotionally Lighter (forbes.com)

4 Top Weight Loss Scams of The Year (So Far) (huffingtonpost.com)

 

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