Getting in great shape is difficult and staying in great shape takes discipline and a program that make the results sustainable. Many people who don’t have a sustainable program will generally regain the weight either saying it’s a lack of self-control or it’s too hard. However, a new study has shown that the type of calories you consume may influence how likely you are to keep off the weight long-term.
It all starts with nature. A healthy body will try to protect itself. Therefore, when someone loses weight the body will cause the individual to feel like eating and it also slows down the metabolism, and it stores more fat. I have written a previous blog about this; refer to that blog for more in-depth information about not eating enough. However, although it’s exciting to lose weight, it’s harder to maintain it because of the cravings and the defensive fat storage.
The study was intended to determine if different levels of carbohydrates in a diet could prevent metabolic changes from occurring. It was intended to determine if changes in diet could help keep off lost weight. The study is premised on the classification of high glycemic carbs and low glycemic carbs which I always recommend. There is another blog that I have written that discusses high glycemic and low glycemic carbs.
The study concluded that people who eat low glycemic carbs showed an increased energy expenditure than when compared to the high carb group. The group that ate medium glycemic carbs fell in between.
Ghrelin, a hormone that works to increase appetite, decreased significantly with those people on the low carb/glycemic diet. This could help them have sustainable effects on weight loss. Another appetite-regulating hormone, leptin, also decreased. Leptin also lowers one’s appetite by sending signals to the brain to suppress appetite when the body has enough food.
This study raises the possibility that restricting cabs, rather than calories, may work better for sustainable weight loss. In my mind, this study shows why low fat/high carbohydrate diets are not successful for most people.