Healthy people are more sought after and valuable in the dating market, which puts a lot of pressure on single people to maintain a healthy weight. Logically, this pressure is understandable. People want to date individuals who can live long healthy lives and produce healthy children. In spite of all of the pressure to lose weight, many people struggle to maintain a healthy weight after significant weight loss. According to one study, ninety percent of people who lose a significant amount of weight gain it back eventually. Why is that? New evidence shows that weight gain cannot simply be attributed to bad genes or poor eating habits returning to the surface. Researchers have found that weight gain is caused by something much more sinister.
The body’s ability to maintain its stability is called homeostasis. When a person gains weight, the body accepts the new weight as its stable level. One hormone, called leptin, tells the brain how much body fat is present. When a person loses weight, leptin falls, appetite increases and metabolism slows. Thus, the hormone tells the brain that it does not have enough fat to maintain stability. Additionally, the hormone ghrelin, make dieters’ appetites stronger. Researchers at the University of Melbourne found that the body actually resists weight loss.
One researcher, Dr. Leibel told the New York Times, that losing weight “is not a neutral event,” and that it is no accident that more than 90 percent of people who lose a lot of weight gain it back. “You are putting your body into a circumstance it will resist. You are, in a sense, more metabolically normal when you are at a higher body weight.”
It is a sad reality that weight loss dieters have to work harder to maintain a healthy body weight, and the desire to eat more and work out less is something that will never go away. Although it is is a sad reality, the truth is that overweight and obese individuals will have to work against that force if they want to leave long and healthy lives. Excess weight impacts a person’s job prospects, dating options, economic stability and overall lifespan. Weight loss is a tough battle, but it is worth the hassle. You can do this and lose the weight because the costs are too high to ignore.
Watch doctors and scientists discuss homeostasis challenges in overweight individuals.
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Author: Lilac Blue
Lilac Blue is writes about femininity, love and family in a world that has been drastically altered by industrialization, secularism, misandry and misogyny.