The Beta Switch

To Lose Weight? Use your Hormones for a Successful Diet!

Our hormones play a major role in all kinds of bodily processes, such as digestion and reproduction. They focus with different tactics on the physical urge to survive and on the conservation of the species. In this way they provide food in order to provide the body with energy or to slow down food, when sufficient energy is present. They cause various chain reactions in the body, which also affect our appetite and - in the wake of it - fall off or arrive. The use of body hormones for a successful diet is an underexposed subject. Which hormones play a role in the consumption of food? How can someone use the effects of their hormones when losing weight? Knowledge is power and a good way to make the right dietary choices and to understand the effect (and opposition) of your own body in the waste process.

Every spring the popular magazines tumble over each other to lure the consumer with their diet tips. When the race to lose weight for the summer holidays has arrived, one can not escape the types of diet presented in the media. It is the lures that boost the sales figures every year. A diet is often based on the age-old adage that excessive eating and too little exercise are major causes of obesity. Why does the body want to eat so much and not move? That is because of certain hormones! The body is a complex machine. Of course, every pound goes through the mouth, but does the effect of 10 calories of honey have the same impact on the body as 10 calories of spinach? A diet to lose weight is customization, because each body is unique.

Many diets seem too good to be true. In particular, losing weight without feeling hungry or having trouble, is especially appealing. We are only too happy to believe such promises. Is it possible that the kilos fly off in a short time? Of course. Those who are overweight will in principle lose weight faster than a person who is already well on weight. Those who starve themselves will lose fluid, fat and muscle mass. Such a diet can not last long, the hormones do! It also took a while before there was overweight and that is not within a week(permanently) to brush away. When regular life (lifestyle) is picked up again, the fat burners (the muscles) have to work with reduced strength, which can mean that not all extra fat is burned. Certain hormones work overtime to force the body to eat to replenish the depleted supplies. Body weight - how could it be otherwise - increases. That is the dreaded yo-yo effect. Anyone who knows the biochemistry behind these bodily processes does not do everything to himself.

Lose weight or arrive and the role of the brain

The human brain is the steering mechanism - the software - of our body. For example, through nerves or the bloodstream, the brain receives signals (stimuli) to which it subsequently responds. A pain stimulus through the nerve or bloodstream causes a reaction in the brain, so that "recovery troops" can enter the sore spot. The brain also experiences other stimuli, such as having hunger or being saturated.

The hormones that mainly play a role in losing weight and arriving can be roughly divided into three groups, namely:

the appetite-inducing hormones (they give a hunger or tension through the brain);

the hormones that cause fat storage and fat breakdown;

the hormones that provide a saturated feeling.

The production of the hormone neuropeptide Y (further NPY)

NPY is produced in the brain cells (hypothalamus) and in the nervous system. NPY increases the appetite to provide the body with energy. It provides fat storage and suppresses the will to physical effort because it costs energy. Scientific research has shown that NPY stimulates appetites in carbohydrates (flour products and sugars for example). NPY is present in the body in large quantities during fasting or hunger. Skipping meals or taking too few calories leads to a higher production of NPY. The temptations to grab for a candy bar or bag of chips are real and have little to nothing to do with low will power. NPY is just too strong in terms of stimulus to offer resistance.

Stress also causes the production of NPY. This creates a vicious circle. The frustration of a person who - despite a diet - is not slimmer, gives stress. This leads to the production of NPY with a chain reaction (excessive) food to satisfy the hunger. Together with the stress element, a lifestyle that involves eating a lot of sugar and fat can lead to the storage of fat around the abdominal area (the pool). Eating too few proteins (proteins) can also give the NPY production an undesirable boost. It is clear that NPY does not belong to the group of friends in dropouts.

The production of the hormone ghrelin

Ghrelin is a reaction to an empty stomach and is produced in the intestines. Ghreline sends a stimulus to the brain to induce the appetite, so that the stomach is filled again to provide the body with energy. An obstacle to weight loss is that ghrelin stimulates the pleasure center in the brain. Food is associated with pleasure. The pleasure center in the brain is associated with addictions by science. Connecting appetite and eating food makes it harder to ignore or suppress the appetite. Measurements of ghrelin values ​​show that a lot of ghrelin is present before eating and that the amount has dropped considerably after one hour. There is a considerable fluctuation. That is not the case with people who are overweight according to research. The difference between the measured values ​​before and after eating is much smaller. This leads to the conclusion that the production of the appetite-inducing effect of ghrelin in overweight individuals can last longer and encourage overeating.

The production of the hormone cortisol

Cortisol is produced in the adrenal cortex and is called the stress hormone in popular terms. The production of cortisol creates a feeling of hunger. The production of (too) much cortisol can lead to overeating and promote weight gain. Science has shown that diets with too few calories can place the body under so much stress that an excess of cortisol is produced.