Do Your Body and Your Brain Fight Against You When You Want to Be Losing A Lot of Weight?
Posted Jan 30 2013 5:00am
Can your body and your brain learn what to expect and when what’s
expected (e.g., food) is missing, conspire against you to get it back again?
Yes. Yes. A thousand times yes
Changes in leptin, gut hormones, and circulating nutrients
sense the energy deficit and set off compensatory mechanisms that operate
through the energy balance controls in the hypothalamus and brain stem and
effect the cortex and limbic system as well.
Then there’s adaptive thermogenesis where metabolic
compensation occurs to conserve energy. This also hinders weight loss.
There is also passive metabolic compensation whereby less
energy is required to sustain basal metabolism, less energy is spent for
physical activity, and less energy is dissipated as the thermic effect of food
as you lose your unwanted weight.
What can you do when your body and brain are conspiring
against you in these ways?
You can use psychology to lose weight. You heard right. You
can “get yourself to do” (that’s the psychology we’re talking about) what you
need to do in order to reduce your weight.
There is always cause for inertia and return to homeostatic
balance. In the case of weight loss, you are returning the homeostatic balance
to a bar you kept setting, inadvertently perhaps, higher and higher until you
reached a weight that was no good for you in a lot of ways. You can’t fault
your body and brain. They are just going along with you. They are restoring
your weight to where they think you want it to be. They’ve learned from you.
Now it’s time to unlearn them. If you are trying to lose
some weight and you want your brain and body to follow along, keep setting the
bar lower and lower. Remember, though, there’s more than dieting and exercise
needed for the weight-loss process. When you reset the bar, there are lots of
readjustments you have to make to your psychology in order to realize your
you need help getting yourself to make these psychological adjustments, please
go to The Reading Room and the White Paper, both of which are in the left-hand
column of this blog at MariasLastDiet.com. Or, if you want to have an actual
book or an e-book to read through and refer to, check out the weight-loss books
for women section on the right-hand side of this blog.
you need more specific help, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
and we’ll point you in the right direction.