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Hunger Persists 2 Years After Dieting: What To Do

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Conquering hunger after weight loss

All diet plans work for the short term. The weight loss achieved in a few weeks is proportional to the calorie restriction imposed. That's the good news. The bad news, which is recalled in Michel Desmurget's book, "The Antiregime," is that "out of 100 individuals who followed a restrictive diet, 95 regain all the weight lost in less than two to five years." Michel Desmurget is a doctor of neuroscience and someone who formerly suffered from obesity.


Why the failure? First, it's because of physiology, and not because of a lack of will. Our body does not want to lose weight. It is not programmed for that, writes Damien Mascret in Le Figaro. This is probably why hunger is the nemesis of every dieter.

According to the article, here is how we lose weight.

During the first few weeks, our body is surprised. Hence the rapid weight loss, but then it has only one goal: to rebuild its reserves. The fear of being hungry, as inscribed in our genes by the slow polishing of evolution, prevails.

"The body proves to be perfectly incapable of making the difference between involuntarily endured hunger and weight loss deliberately pursued," explains Michel Desmurget in the article. He also says that "the phenomenon of recovery of lost pounds is very difficult to avoid as the whole of the metabolic machinery adapts vigorously to oppose weight loss and reverse its effects." If it's hard for you to suppress your appetite, check out eMaxHealth's previous story discussing Natural Appetite Suppressants vs Dr. Oz's Top 4 Appetite Suppressants for Fighting Belly Fat.

In a new study, published in the American Journal of Physiology Endocrinology and Metabolism, Norwegian and Danish academics show that the body's defenses against restrictions are not only effective, but tenacious. Two years after starting a program with a low-calorie diet, physical activity, and consultations with nutritionists and psychologists, 35 adults suffering from severe obesity (average weight of 284 lb for a body mass index of about 42.5), had lost an average of 24 kg, but they were still hungry.

This is a modest result. But the most annoying is that their rate of ghrelin, the hunger hormone released by the stomach when one loses weight, remained well above average: "patients continued to be hungry," note Scandinavian researchers.

"Everyone has this hormone, but if you have been overweight and have lost weight, the level of this hormone increases," says Catia Martins, Associate Professor at the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Science and Technology of Norway (NTNU), who led this study. At equal weights, a formerly obese person will be more hungry than one who has not lost weight.

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This study explains why modest goals for obesity and a shift to a more gradual than rapid weight loss are needed. Interrupting weight gain is already a sign of success.

What To Do Against Hunger After Dieting

This shows the power of psychological mechanisms in our body once it has identified slimming. Our body's passions are very strong and they fight back.

So you have to smoothly go about losing weight. The pounds lost quickly are recovered just as fast. To escape the radar of the brain, you should, therefore, reduce your daily excesses slightly and in small quantities while increasing exercise and fitness.

This is why people do fasting. They follow the regiment of the Great Lent to conquer their body's passions. Regular moderate fasting should help to conquer hunger too.

eMaxHealth reporter Tim Boyer writes that in the February 21012 issue of Prevention magazine, the editors reveal that it’s not just how much you eat and how much you exercise that matters toward weight loss, but also the timing of your inner body’s eat and sleep clock. They explain that all-day food cues and excessive nighttime lighting throw our clocks out of whack and contribute to a fat cycle of constant cravings due to uncontrolled hunger hormone flow.

To reset your body clock, they advise that you need to tune into your body’s natural eating and sleeping schedule to break away from the fat cycle and say goodbye to your belly. The following is a summary of their hour-by-hour slim down schedule to take control of your hunger hormones, banish your cravings and discover your flat belly.

Please, tell us about your weight loss in the comments section below. Have you lost weight and not recovered the lost pounds? If yes, how did you do that?