Dieting? It might not be a great idea
Are you looking to shed those extra kilos through dieting? Well, this news might not be too platable, if a recent research is anything to go by. The study indicates that we may be at a loss when dieting, as human bodies tend to compensate by sparing energy, limiting the number of calories that we burn — hence affecting our weight loss regimen, researchers say.
According to a recent study, a group of neurons in the brain region — hypothalamus — contributes to the caloric thermostat that regulates our weight, also regulating how many calories we burn. When activated, these neurons make us hungry and drive us to eat, but when there is no food available, they tend to compensate for the reduction in calories.
“Our findings suggest that AGRP (the neurons: Agouti-related neuropeptide) in the brain coordinate appetite and energy expenditure, and can turn a switch on and off to burn or spare calories depending on what’s available in the environment,” said Clemence Blouet from the University of Cambridge in Britain. “When we eat less, our body compensates and burns fewer calories, which makes losing weight harder,” Blouet added. However, as soon as food becomes available and we start eating, the action of the neurons is interrupted and our energy expenditure goes back up again to normal levels. So, if you are planning to regulate food by ditching intake, that might not be a great idea.
WHEN ACTIVATED, THESE NEURONS MAKE US HUNGRY. WHEN THERE IS NO FOOD AVAILABLE, THEY TEND TO COMPENSATE FOR THE REDUCED CALORIES