New Study: Change Your Body, Change Your Brain? 3 Major Mental Perks of Weight Loss (Plus One HUGE Potential Pitfall)
Losing Weight Is Good Your For Your Mind As Well As Your Body…
There are many benefits to losing weight, and lots of them can be felt fairly quickly after beginning the dieting process.
If you’re starting to limit your intake of sugars and processed foods, you may experience a better mood… improved brain function… and increased confidence once you start to see results.
When it comes to long-term, sustained weight loss, however, we’re just starting to understand what effects these changes have on the brain.
Fortunately, there are some things we do know. If you want to make sure you stick to your diet and don’t give in to intense cravings, it’s important to know how dieting affects your brain so you can be savvier about not lapsing or giving into temptation.BRAND-NEW: 5 “Living Nutrients” That Can Trigger Rapid Fat Loss!
If you’re curious about how your brain is dealing with your new, healthy lifestyle, here are a few insights.
A Sharper Mind
While it might seem like more weight would contribute to a higher brain volume, the opposite is actually the case.
When you start to lose weight, the size of your brain actually increases. It might not seem like a big deal, especially since brain size doesn’t have that much to do with brain power.
However, a bigger brain can still have its perks. Studies have shown that dieters who lose a significant amount of weight from their midsection are more likely to experience increased brain function.TRENDING: Science Reveals Easy, No-Workout Ways to Lose Weight… While You Snooze!
This is due to the fact that stomach fat is responsible for creating cytokine protein. This can lead to inflammation and, in turn, inhibit neurotransmitter function.
That means that getting rid of those pesky cytokines could lead to a clearer head and a brain that’s firing on all cylinders… rather than foggy, slow brain function.
Improved Strategic Skills
Greater brain volume isn’t just fun to brag about. While it might not turn you into a super-genius overnight, it will help you take on harder-to-solve problems and boost your ability to strategize and organize.
A recent study showed that women who lost weight as the result of a specific surgery experienced a kind of sharpening when it came to cognitive function. Better metabolism as a result of weight loss contributed to better focus, more efficient function, and less of a struggle when it came to dealing with organizational tasks.
One of the most promising new studies in regards to weight loss and brain activity shows that when we diet, we’re not just gaining cognitive function. We’re actually helping strengthen the part of our brain that deals with long-term memory.
Studies in the past have shown that obese individuals struggle with memory loss, especially in regard to episodic or autobiographical memory. When we lose weight, we’re not just better able to “encode” or create memories… We’re also better at storing them.SPECIAL: What’s REALLY Causing Your Weight Gain, High Blood Pressure & Constant Fatigue (If You’re Over 30 You Need to See This)…
Even individuals who had complained about memory function before losing weight experienced a reversal during the study, proving that our brains can be strengthened and re-trained even after a period of memory loss.
If you’re not feeling motivated to exercise, this is a great thing to remember, especially if you already experience issues with recognition and memory loss.
Increased Focus on Food & Cravings
They say the more you don’t want to think about something, the more unavoidable it becomes.
When it comes to dieting, there’s actually scientific reasoning behind this phenomenon. When we begin to limit our calorie intake or swap out fatty foods and sugars for protein-rich, heart-healthy foods, it doesn’t take long for us to start craving all of our old favorites.
Combine these cravings with exercise, and you could find yourself feeling like you’d give your life for a cheeseburger and fries.
This happens because weight loss decreases the flow of a protein called leptin to the brain. Leptin is created by our body’s fat cells to help us moderate weight gain. So why would less of it create cravings?
The answer is simple: when our brain identifies that we’re losing weight, it sends signals to the body to kick into overdrive. Leptin is known as the “starvation hormone” because it’s responsible for communicating with our brain to regulate metabolism.SPECIAL: This Scientific Trick Can Reduce Your Belly Fat By 8.5% in Just 12 Weeks…
When we drop weight, especially if we’ve lost many pounds within the span of just a few weeks, our metabolism slows down. This is because the lack of leptin means there isn’t enough fat stored for us to keep burning fat at the current weight.
This doesn’t only contribute to our cravings for late-night pizza. It also accounts for the plateau many dieters face after losing weight regularly for a few months or weeks.
Since leptin is the protein that stops us from starving or eating too much, a sudden lack of it can throw things off balance in a way that makes us feel insatiably hungry all the time.
Luckily, there’s good news. Studies have shown that once dieters get over this period of intense craving without giving in, they’re more likely to stick to their diet and get over the hump with time.
How to Control Cravings to Lose More Weight & Boost Your Brain
So, how do you bypass this sabotage mode to continue losing weight and take advantage of the brain boosts?
After all, you don’t want to lose weight, only to lose out to your brain’s sabotage mode!
It may seem a little daunting at first to conquer your brain’s cravings…
But luckily, there are a few easy “set it and forget it” things you can do before you go to bed to help you burn fat WHILE YOU SLEEP.
Yep! While you sleep!
For example, did you know that turning down your thermostat just a few degrees in this direction can help your body effortlessly burns fat?
And that eating these kinds of foods naturally promotes weight loss?
There’s no intense workouts or crash diets…
Just simple things you can do so you can literally lose weight while you snooze!