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Interesting Article on Weight Loss

Monday, March 08, 2010

I was going thru the Cornell Alumni magazine last night and there was an interesting article about weight loss.

Here is what hit me:

"In people who who are susceptible, a "Feed forward" mechanism develops. that is characterized by a resistance to signaling pathways that come to the fat cells to the brain. Eating junk food sparks a vicious cycle: "Not only does it taste good. Not only does it have high calories. But when you eat it, it interrupts the signal between the fat cells and the brain."

In people of normal weight, leptin tells the brain it's time to stop eating, that the internal fuel tank is full. But an excess of fat cells means an overload of leptin, which disrupts the signaling process and foils our sense of satiety.

To break the feed forward loop, emphasize lean protein, high-fiber whole grains, fresh fruits, and non-starchy vegetables over sugars, fatty meats, and simple carbs.

The lesson I learned: You can't eat one, so have none.
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MOMFAN 3/8/2010 11:23PM

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TAMSPARKLESTOO 3/8/2010 11:05PM

    Thank you so much for sharing. I think I've always known that in my heart but have chosen to deny it for several years and now look where I am. Time to start. It's never going to get easier.

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DDOORN 3/8/2010 9:37PM

    For SURE! It is FAR easier for me to avoid those high-carbie sugary-sweet things than to EVER risk "just having one!"

It's just like an alcoholic...they just don't have an "enough is enough" mechanism built into their body chemistry...ditto food addicts and their substance of choice.

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LIFEISAJOURNEY 3/8/2010 6:07PM

  Thanks for sharing the leptin info.
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ALYFITN 3/8/2010 4:36PM

    Interesting. I'll look into it. I do well with lean protein and hi fiber. When the scale does not move as it should with my weekly weigh-ins, I sometimes sabotage myself with high fat high calorie something. It NEVER satisfies me.

For myself, I am better off too with having none.

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CLSSWAN 3/8/2010 3:12PM

    Very good advice, can't eat just one, so have none!
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