Diet, food & cooking

The Main Reason You Are Gaining Weight

Ever wonder why diets don’t work? It’s simply because you are not looking at the primary cause of your weight gain. Because most people view diets as a short-term plan, they start dieting for a week or two, but it’s never sustainable .They stress so much on weight-loss and the number on the scale, but they never ask themselves the most important question which is “Why Am I gaining Weight”.

So, Why Are You Gaining Weight?

Let’s take a look at some of the key factors which can be The Reason Why…

Insulin Resistance

When you hear the word insulin you think of a drug taken by people who have diabetes.
In fact, insulin is a hormone secreted by the pancreas and used to digest carbohydrates.
Carbohydrates in all its forms are found in foods such as bread, rice, breakfast cereal, pasta, fruits and sugars.
When you eat carbohydrates, your pancreas secretes insulin to allow blood glucose to get into the cells to provide energy.
The more carbs you eat the more insulin is released to stabilize blood sugar levels.
Over time cells become resistant to insulin.
Not only that insulin helps the cells absorb glucose, it also works as a fat storing hormone.
When all your cells have enough glucose stores, insulin starts signaling to fat cells to store the extra glucose as fat.

Leptin Resistance

Aka “starvation hormone”.
Leptin is the protein that’s made up in the fat cells which tells your brain to stop eating.
When leptin reaches its normal levels your brain then senses that there is energy sufficiency, which means you can eat normal amounts of food and burn adequate amounts of energy.
That explains why when some people start losing weight, particularly fat, their leptin levels drop, therefore they start feeling hungrier specially if leptin drops more than what the body is used to.
In leptin resistance, you have high amounts of leptin which means you have a high fat percentage, but in this case your brain can’t sense the leptin because the cells became resistant to it, so you always feel hungry.

Ghrelin Sensitivity

Aka “Hunger Hormone”.
Ghrelin is the appetite increaser that is released primarily in the stomach and signals hunger to the brain.
Normal ghrelin levels go up dramatically before you eat when your stomach is empty, and go down about three hours after a meal.
You may think obese people have higher levels of ghrelin because they eat more, in fact they may just be more sensitive to its effects, because they have an overly active ghrelin receptor, known as GHS-R which leads to increased calorie intake.

Bottom Line:

Ghrelin levels increase significantly on a weight loss diet. The longer the diet, the more your levels will increase.

To help maintain healthy ghrelin levels you should:
1. Avoid fat diets and weight extremes
2. Get enough sleep
3. Increase muscle mass
4. Eat more proteins
5. Maintain a stable weight
6. Cycle your calories
7. Avoid long and severe dieting periods