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Hunger hormones the 1st year after goal


Tuesday, June 04, 2013

I had an evaluation at the endodontist today and was checking out the AARP magazine in the waiting room. I flipped to an article on their "New American Diet" and while I don't suspect the diet itself is that different from DASH, they did mention studies finding that satiety hormones are depressed for a year after losing weight and hunger hormones are elevated for a year after losing weight.

However, the studies on maintenance show that it takes two years of maintenance before length of maintenance is considered predictive of continued success. As I've mentioned from time to time, the National Weight Control Registry goes by how much weight you've lost rather than reaching goal, and many of their participants are still losing weight at a year out.

So maybe it's not such a great idea for me to be endeavoring to lose weight right now. I guess the good news is I haven't actually lost much weight. I'll read more on Friday when I go back, I don't seem to be able to find the full article online.

P.S. Part of my response to BRAVELUTE, The satiety hormones actually can be worse than during weight loss because Leptin is based on how much fat you have on board, so as you lose bodyfat, it could turn down the satiety response, especially I would imagine during the fall.
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JUMPINJULIE 6/7/2013 12:57AM

    Great blog thanks for sharing the info.

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NEEDBU66 6/5/2013 10:20AM

    I agree with bravelute. There is also something psychological about getting to the goal and being "allowed" to eat more, and the brain seems to pick up on that and makes me hungrier.

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CELIAMINER 6/5/2013 9:51AM

    Thanks for the info! I am still finding maintenance a struggle, even after a year. I chalk it up to too many decades of unhelpful/unhealthful thinking and the harmful actions those thoughts supported.

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NILLAPEPSI 6/4/2013 7:36PM

    Interesting info.

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BRAVELUTE 6/4/2013 6:38PM

    You know I rely on your wisdom and passing along knowledge so I am prepared when I hit that maintenance plateau!!

Re: satiety hormones being depressed a year later, I would think that that would depend upon how satiated you had been while losing the weight. Same for hunger hormones. Were their hunger hormones elevated while they were losing weight?

People on low calorie, always-hungry diets wouldn't have been satiated one minute. I imagine they would be ravenous when they came off that food plan. Whereas I AM satisfied at every meal. I'm never hungry. I don't have whacko cravings anymore. I don't feel deprived. I have worked to put lifetime habits into place.

So I don't expect to have any trouble with satiation when I reach maintenance. I guess I could, but doesn't make sense to me.

Are you saying that you are hungry, not feeling satisfied now that you have lost the weight?
Perhaps I didn't understand what you wrote, O maintenance Guru!!?

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KITT52 6/4/2013 6:29PM

    this is a life style change...good luck

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SHEL_V2 6/4/2013 6:17PM

    But in the mean time, we can just know, the commitment needs to continue! Sorry you need to go back to the endodontist, but nice that you have something to look forward to.

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AJB121299 6/4/2013 6:11PM

    nice

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