According to the scientific data, the long term success of “diets” for weight loss is truly abysmal. In fact, “dieting” has been identified as a risk factor for future weight gain. A report in Psychosomatic Medicine provides a viable explanation for these discouraging findings.
For the first time in humans, researchers documented that restricting calories boosts levels of the fat-loving hormone cortisol. As cortisol levels rise, metabolism becomes sluggish and there is an increased propensity to deposit fat within the abdominal area. This intra-abdominal fat produces chemicals that further slow down metabolism making future weight gain more likely.
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