Ever lost weight on a diet and feel great? Many people feel very pleased with themselves when they start seeing the kilos shedding off after following a diet. They feel very energetic and are full of determination. For some people, this effect does not last in the long run and they soon feel lousy. Why? People may miss indulging in their favorite foods, and eating as much as they want, when they want, wherever they want. A monotonous diet regimen can also get pretty boring after a while, so changing it up every so often is good! A person losing weight also has more toxins running in their bloodstream. According to a study that was published in the International Journal of Obesity, individuals who had a high weight reduction, also had a 50% increase in the levels of pollutants in their blood compared to those who gained weight over a decade. These toxins are released with the fat cells that the body gets rid of during weight loss. Scientists contribute that the lousy mood and feeling of illness as a result of the increase of circulating toxins in the bloodstream.
Moreover, according to studies, raging hunger hormones called ghrelin seem to increase in people who lose weight, causing more irritability. This also makes weight loss much more difficult to continue with. This may be a result of the body’s survival mechanism thinking there is a famine and not that it is voluntary food restriction. There are several steps you can take to reduce the effects of the hunger hormones, while continuing on your path to weight loss.
Add variety to your diet and experiment with different recipes. Going to restaurants shouldn’t necessarily be a no-no on a weight loss plan. You can choose healthy options on the menu and watch your portions. Exercise also helps elevate mood since it increases the production of the hormone serotonin. One way to control hunger is to follow a routine meal schedule. This helps regulate hormones and gets the body used to expecting food at those times. Eat a diet high in antioxidants in order to fight off the effects of the release of toxins from the fat cells. You can find antioxidants in fruits, nuts, vegetables, whole grains and tea.
Nada Jawahery is the Registered Dietician at Royal Bahrain Hospital and is a member of, and licensed by, the American Dietetics Association. For more information call 17246832 or email: Nada.Jawahery@royalbhrn.com