Leptin is a hormone tied to your body's use of fat.

When you lose 10% of your weight, leptin falls fast. So, your stupid body thinks you're facing starvation and it tries to protect you by burning 20% less calories -- and even if you're on a diet that can make you fat.

Also, once you start losing weight the parts of your brain running your love of food have more blood in them while the part that limits eating has less.

Luckily, injections of leptin can stop the you from reacting in this way.

Reference: Jon Kay, National Post

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Comment by Joshua Letourneau on July 15, 2008 at 11:33am
That's why diets or rapid weight-loss don't work - sure, they do for a finite period of time, but then the yo-yo effect kicks in.

Kinda' reminds me of recruiting orgs that implement 'best practices' of this year's award-winners or engage in a process improvement . . . .

yeah, there are short-term improvements, but band-aids only go so far. They're bound to blow up again.

It's the lifestyle change that's needed . . . not the short-term process improvement initiative of a 'diet'.


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