Your stomach is approximately the size of your fist when it is empty but can stretch up to eight times its size. This is apparent when you graze at a buffet, taking a bite of this and a taste of that until your plate holds mounds of food. As you are eating, your eyes gaze at the next morsel until your plate is completely empty. Quite honestly, you are astonished you were able to eat the entire plate of food. You should feel more than full; you should feel completely sated. And yet, you have not even looked at the dessert bar, so you haul yourself up and grab another plate to sample a sliver of pie, a brownie, a cookie, and a bit of soft-serve ice cream. Where is your self-control? Surprisingly, it may be your brain working against you. The Orlando weight loss specialists at Svelte Medical Weight Loss have the following information and suggestions on understanding – and retraining – your brain so you can lose weight.
Your Brain: A specific area of your brain, the hypothalamus, constantly monitors your body, keeping it in balance hormonally. Temperature, appetite, thirst, weight, sleep, and mood are all controlled by the hypothalamus. Changes in weight cause you to feel hungry because your hypothalamus recognizes the change and immediately believes you are starving, so it sends signals to your body that you are hungry. Hence, most diets cause extreme hunger.
Your Hormones: Blood hormone levels of leptin and insulin are controlled by the hypothalamus. Leptin signals the hypothalamus that you have enough fat stored, and insulin is the hypothalamus’s indicator that enough blood glucose is circulating to feed the brain. The signals these chemicals send to the hypothalamus tell your brain you feel full.
Resistance: Some individuals have a resistance to the signals leptin and insulin have on the hypothalamus, which makes them feel hungry all the time, regardless of what they have eaten. The blocked signals make the hypothalamus act as if the fat cells need energy and the blood sugar levels are low, so the cravings are not for filling proteins, but for carbohydrates and fats.
Communication: Lack of self-control in diets may very well be blamed on the poor communication of hormones. How can your body reset itself to respond more readily to hormones? By releasing more dopamine. Dopamine is a hormone that brings pleasure in eating. If the cells in your brain’s dopamine sensors react, you feel good about eating. If the dopamine sensors are blocked, as they often are when the insulin centers are blocked, that pleasure is never reached and you do not have the satisfaction of eating.
Eat Less: Break this savage loop of craving, eating, craving, and eating by reducing insulin resistance. This may seem contrary, but the best way to feel fuller is to eat less. When your body learns to rely less on insulin, it will curb the cravings and reset the dopamine sensors to react more readily to less food.
Svelte Medical Weight Loss has the perfect diet solution to help curb your appetite and break the vicious dieting cycle you may be experiencing. Talk with our talented Orlando weight loss team by calling 407-804-5200, and browse our website for more information on our safe and healthy weight loss programs.
Dr. Richard and Susie Bragg have been committed to bringing our proven system of medical weight loss to Orlando, Florida and the surrounding area for well over a decade. With a 90% success rate, we believe Svelte MD is the best way to lose weight fast and keep it off forever. We have a plan that fits every person, regardless of medical background or age. Get on board with us and discover a new, fabulous you!