How High-Fat Foods Can Make You Gain Weight
Have you ever taken the time to really think about the science of hunger?
I mean, why should you? Its pretty basic, when you get down to it.
For instance, you know that when your stomach growls, its time to eat. You also know that once you eat, you should be good to go for a little while.
At least, thats how it should be, shouldnt it?
Actually, a recent study has revealed that there are so many more factors coming into play when it comes to appetite and hunger.BRAND-NEW: Research Shows These 3 Sugar Substitutes Are Best For Burning Fat (Plus 2 You Should NEVER Eat)
For the longest time, it was fairly well understood that food should make you feel full. Thats what its there for, after all. But now, this truism is being thrown out the window in light of new research.
In fact, what you eat could be making you hungrier. Even if you reach for foods that should be keeping you full… such as those that are higher in calories.
Since when did hunger get so complicated?
What Is Leptin & Why Is It Important?
In the past, before scientists really understood the role of hormones in appetite… there were a lot of misunderstandings about hunger.
Sure, when you get hungry, your stomach would tell you it was time to eat. Your stomach would growl, and youd feel those telltale rumblings in your stomach.
But what caused that biological urge?
Researchers now realize that there are some very important hormones that come into play when it comes to regulating appetite. These hormones are called ghrelin and leptin.
When its time to eat, your body releases ghrelin. Thats the hunger hormone, and it tells you to eat.
When youre full and theres no more need to eat, then it releases leptin. Leptin indicates to your body that youre satisfied and dont need to eat anything else for the time being.
While this seems like a basic mechanism… sometimes it gets faulty and stops working as planned.SPECIAL: This Scientific Trick Can Reduce Your Belly Fat By 8.5% in Just 12 Weeks…
People who have excess body fat may develop a condition known as leptin resistance. This means that your body has learned to ignore leptin. In turn, it means that youll always feel hungry and driven to overeat.
Well, thats not exactly good news for your waistline, is it?
But what causes this hormonal dysfunction to happen? And what can be done to regain control over it?
What You Eat Could Be Making You Fat
Hormones are great.
They also tell your body that you may be in a famine and you may need to store your food as fat. Theyll also prompt you to eat more in response to this need to store fat.
While this may have been an important ability in the past… today theres more than enough food to go around. For the most part, youre at very low risk of imminent starvation.
Then why are so many people struggling with overeating? Why do you feel like you need to eat more, even when youre full and gaining unwanted bodyweight?
Hormones, thats why.
Scientists have just discovered that when you eat high-fat foods… your body secretes a hormone called GIP (gastric inhibitory polypeptide). What does that mean for you?
When you eat these foods, your body gets excited and says, Oh, this is good stuff. I like this. I need more of this.TRENDING: Science Reveals Easy, No-Workout Ways to Lose Weight While You Snooze!
In turn, a signal goes to your brain that encourages you to keep eating. Leptin, in turn, is then switched off.
The end result? You overeat. And you gain weight. Sometimes lots of it.
All in all, its basic survival. Your body is a very smart and powerful being. It knows how to survive even the harshest conditions.
While these hormones are making you fat today… in the past, they were essential for your survival. As a human being, its all part of the fine mechanics that have made you who you are.
You cant even be mad at your body. Its just looking out for your best interest!
Staying Slim When Youve Evolved To Be Fat
Its easy to get overwhelmed and frustrated when you learn that your biology is stacked against you.
If the mere act of eating certain foods is going to make you gain weight… then what can be done to curb it?
Fortunately, restoring your bodys leptin response can be regulated by watching what you eat. If eating high-fat foods releases GIP, then you need to stop eating the foods that release it.
Sure, it seems easier said than done. But over time, you can retrain your body and its cravings.
While your body does need some healthy fats to run optimally… that doesnt mean you can fill up on fatty foods all the time.
Instead, you should ideally eat a diet that is diverse and full of nutritious, lower-fat options.SPECIAL: These 3 Delicious Smoothie Recipes Are Specially Designed To Burn Off More Fat So You Lose More Weight
To stay lean and slim, you should also incorporate lean proteins into your diet. The RDA (recommended daily allowance) states that you need 0.8 grams of protein per kilogram of bodyweight.
Enjoy lean proteins like low-fat yogurt… baked fish… or grilled chicken.
Fat isnt the enemy. In moderation, its a perfectly healthy macronutrient to add to your diet. But if you consume too much of it, you can greatly increase your risk of obesity.
In turn, you may also be at an elevated risk of heart disease, stroke, and even cancer.
To reduce your chances of developing these diseases and to maintain a healthy BMI (body mass index) avoid too much dietary fat.
In turn, your body will naturally start to shed the excess body fat. Your hormones will balance out. Youll stop overeating and feeling powerless around food.
And you, in turn, will have a body that you can finally feel good about!
The One Macronutrient You Absolutely CANT SACRIFICE If You Want to Lose Weight
If you start avoiding dietary fat
You have to be VERY mindful of one thing: you still need to get enough protein in your diet.
Thats because eating more protein (especially lean, low-fat protein like chicken, turkey, or vegetable-based proteins) burns more calories.
Since your body burns (on average) 219 calories per hour of walking on a treadmill
Thats essentially saving yourself two hours chained to that awful piece of equipment!