A posted a while back I posted on how I lost around 50 pounds over a period of 4 months or so. I have kept my new lower weight pretty steady since then, despite the occasional splurge.
I posted that I probably did not really understand why my diet regime worked. I thought it was about calories in and out balance. Now I read that it may have been more about lowering my insulin levels by regular moderate exercise with intermittent fasting, and cutting out sugar (less booze).
This article gets into the insulin thing more deeply. If you have a weight issue you may want to check it out.
And there is more still! There appears to be a thing called “leptin resistance” This appears to be a syndrome where leptin signals to the brain (that the body has plenty of fat and no food is needed) do not work. Apparently, researchers do not know why this happens. But when it does, the body has high leptin levels (because there is a lot of fat and fat cells produce leptin) and the brain signals EAT MORE!
My take on this — I find that when I overeat for a few days, my body goes into a phase where it wants to gain weight for days after that. So on Saturday and Sunday I may splurge and then on Monday I get hungry even though I am back to my normal diet regime. That wears off in another day or two if I moderately exercise. So there appears to be a “surge” effect of some sort that overpowers leptin at least temporarily. To get beyond that surge effect, you need to commit to a few days of exercise and moderate suffering in order to get back to a balance that maintains your weight. Perhaps this is because the sudden increase in food intake triggers a massive hormonal reaction, and the brain gets overloaded with messaging. The few days after are needed for hormone levels to subside a bit and the messaging to get back in order.
What do you think?