Why Crash Diets Always Make You Even Fatter

Why Crash Diets Always Make You Even Fatter

When you diet so severely your body—thinking it is being starved—resets a chemical in the brain that affects your metabolism. Specifically, the hormone leptin takes a huge and long-lasting dip, and this correlates with a marked decrease in your “resting metabolic rate”—the energy your body normally consumes.

The result is your body will burn fewer calories and store more fat. If, for example, your average calorie burn was 2,000 before a diet, it could be 1,500 afterward. Thus, you could eat less than you were before but still gain weight.

What does this all mean?

• Some diets work better than others. Low carb, Paleo-style diets are superior to low-fat

diets because they reduce blood sugar spikes from grains. Not only that, a 2004 study found

that high blood triglyceride levels stop leptin from crossing the blood-brain barrier. And high

triglycerides are driven by carbohydrates.

(Lowcarb diets have also been shown to burn almost

40% more fat.)

• Spend more time in the daylight, or replace your fluorescent bulbs with “full-spectrum” lights

that simulate natural daylight. Researchers in Manchester found that the light you’re exposed to

has a huge impact on your hormone synthesis.

• Don’t jog for long hours–sprint instead.

Doing low-impact exercises for hours at a time will burn calories, but it also negatively affects

your hormone levels. High-intensity interval training has been shown to be just as effective

for fat loss but doesn’t wreak havoc on your hormones.

The bottom line is that the conventional wisdom about fat people being mentally weak is flat-out


The new science of weight loss proves that body weight has less to do with what you put in your

mouth… and more to do with what’s going on in your brain.

Quote – “You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire world, deserve your love and affection”


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