Neuroscientist, Sandra Aamodt writes on the New York Times about why dieting isn’t the solution for a sustainable and healthy weight loss.
“The root of the problem is not willpower but neuroscience. Metabolic suppression is one of several powerful tools that the brain uses to keep the body within a certain weight range, called the set point. The range, which varies from person to person, is determined by genes and life experience. When dieters’ weight drops below it, they not only burn fewer calories but also produce more hunger-inducing hormones and find eating more rewarding. The brain’s weight-regulation system considers your set point to be the correct weight for you, whether or not your doctor agrees. If someone starts at 120 pounds and drops to 80, her brain rightfully declares a starvation state of emergency, using every method available to get that weight back up to normal. The same thing happens to someone who starts at 300 pounds and diets down to 200, as the “Biggest Loser” participants discovered.”
In this article, Sandra demonstrates the ineffectiveness of dieting, when dieting is actually helpful, and a better and healthier alternative to dieting, which she calls, “mindful eating.” To read the full article, head over to the New York Times to read the full article.