Are You Working Hard to Shed Pounds and Belly Fat but Making Slow Progress – Here’s Why!
Now, some people can shed pounds and belly fat on their own by going on a simple diet and exercising. However, most people regain about 30 to 35 percent of the weight they lost within a year. This is because when you cut back on calories by dieting and/or working out, not only do you lose weight, but your body starts to break down muscles to get the energy it needs to function. Unfortunately, this loss of muscle tissue slows down metabolism. By the way, a slowed metabolism likely leads to weight gain.
What is Metabolism?
First and foremost, metabolism is a process in which your body combines calories, in the food that you eat and what you drink, with oxygen that you breathe to generate energy the body needs to function. Incidentally, this metabolism process depends on the amount of fat and muscles in your body. Also, your metabolism depends on whether you are male or female. By the way, men have a faster metabolism because they have more muscles. Furthermore, metabolism slows down with age.
What does Metabolism do?
First, 50 to 70 percent of the metabolism process uses energy (or calories) to help the body’s organs perform their functions.
Second, 10 percent of the metabolism process uses energy to digest and convert into energy the foods and drinks you consume.
Third, 30 percent of the metabolism process uses energy for all of your body’s movements. By the way, your workouts make up only a small portion of all your body’s movements.
What Happens when You Lose Weight?
Most of all, the body of most people (overweight, obese, or not) tries to prevent permanent weight loss. In fact, when you start losing weight, your body triggers a chain of events that make it harder for you to lose weight. And the way it does this is by slowing down your metabolism. As a result, the body generates less energy (or burns fewer calories). Instead, the body creates more fat to make you regain the weight you lost. Consequently, to keep the weight off you have to continuously maintain the diet and/or workout regimen to get rid of the newly created fat.
Now, your weight is controlled by complex interactions between your hormones and neurons in your hypothalamus. Incidentally, these interactions control your appetite and how much you eat. By the way, the hypothalamus is a part of the brain that controls thirst, hunger, and body temperature.
So, when you lose weight, your hormones change. And one of these hormones is leptin. In fact, leptin is released by fat cells to tell your brain when to eat and when to stop eating. So, as you lose weight your leptin levels drop. And this drop sends a starvation signal to the hypothalamus. As a result, the hypothalamus sends messages which makes you want to eat even more than you were eating before. As a result, most people regain about 30 to 35 percent of the weight they have lost within a year. So, if you want to lose weight and keep it off, you will need to ignore leptin’s hunger signals.
Furthermore, many overweight people have built up resistance to the hormone leptin. As a result, there is a decrease in the ability of leptin to suppress appetite or increase the body’s energy use. Because of this, the main symptoms of leptin resistance are constantly feeling hungry and increased food intake despite having adequate or excess amounts of body fat.
So, if you want to shed pounds and lose belly fat, its best to maintain your diet, exercise regularly, get a good night’s sleep, reduce stress, and overcome leptin’s hunger signals. Furthermore, make this your lifestyle because you will have to maintain it for years. Indeed, once you commit yourself to this lifestyle, you will shed pounds and belly fat over time.
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