Why Weight Loss Is Harder for Some Than Others
You have excess body weight the standard advice to eat less and move more. Of course we all know. This is easier said than done for one thing. It takes a lot of work to change deeply ingrained habits and behavior patterns. It's hard to move more when our workplaces are designed for sitting and our neighborhoods are designed for driving. It's hard to eat less when you're constantly surrounded by hyper palatable food and it's also challenging to eat less when you've learned to use food to cope with stress or soothe your emotions now. These are all issues that a good behavior modification program can help you with. But it's also really hard to eat less when your brain is sending the wrong signals about whether you've had enough to eat hunger which is the urge to eat or seek food and say she ation that feeling that you're full and you don't want more food are both regulated in the hypothalamus. This is the most primitive part of the brain. The hypothalamus responds to hormonal signals. Being sent from different organs all over your body via various chemical messengers and when this system is working as it should our hunger increases when our body needs energy and decreases when it doesn't and the result is a stable body weight but sometimes that system goes awry. Dr gabriel smallers is an endocrinologist specializing in the treatment of obesity. And here's how he explains it and the hypothalamus is receiving all of these different inputs and essentially processing the situation says then say should we eat. Should we not eat. Should we stop eating. Should we seek food etc. We conclude that there's this regulation when the system. Actually the gas tank is full. But yet the signaling at the level. The hypothalamus is indicating an empty tank. If your brain is receiving the wrong signals about whether or not you need food. This is obviously going to make much more difficult for you to eat less.