Here’s what losing weight does to your body and brain

Gene Kim and Jessica Orwig Oct. 29, 2017, 8:00 AM 564,628Special thanks to John Gunstad, professor with the Department of Psychological Sciences at Kent State University, for speaking with us about his cutting-edge research on how losing weight affects brain function. Following is a transcript of the video. 
Here’s what losing weight does to your body and brain.
During the first week, you may find it easy to lose weight by simply switching to a healthier diet. But as your metabolism adjusts, you won’t burn as many calories as you used to.
So losing additional weight will become harder.
Making matters worse, as the fat melts away, you’ll start to experience an increase in appetite. After a meal, fat cells release a hormone called leptin into the bloodstream.
This surge in leptin levels signals to your brain you’re full and should stop eating. But with less overall fat, people who lose weight show a measurable dip in leptin.
Brain scans of obese patients who had lost 10% of their body weight revealed that less leptin leads to increased activity in regions of the brain that control our desire to eat.
The result isn’t just an increased appetite but an even stronger urge to eat fatty, high-calorie foods, because your brain is trying to restore the body’s leptin levels to normal. 
However, fighting that early impulse to gorge on pizza and donuts is worth it in the long run.
Besides the decreased risk of heart disease, hypertension, high cholesterol and type 2 diabetes, scientists studying overweight people discovered that losing just one pound of body weight reduces four pounds of pressure on knee joints.
Losing excess weight also reduces strain on the blood vessels, increases blood flow to the brain, and boosts overall brain function.
Several studies have shown that people who underwent weight-loss surgery saw an improvement in memory, concentration, and problem-solving skills in as soon as three months.
Plus, brain scans indicate that people who lost weight and kept it off for nine months reacted differently when shown images of high-calorie foods than before they lost the weight.
The brain regions that process reward, motivation, and taste didn’t react as strongly, whereas the areas that promote overall self-control had a boost in activity.
So fighting those cravings early on might make them easier to control later. Turns out — like anything else — losing weight can get easier with practice.
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8 Common Dieting Mistakes That Are Keeping You from Losing Weight


Have you been dieting for days and still haven’t lost an inch? Perhaps you need to rethink your dieting rules. The first thing that comes to your mind when we talk about losing weight is to cut off calories from your daily meals and get yourself on a restrictive diet. While a part of this is true, a lot of us tend to make mistakes while applying it. There seems to be a lot of confusion between what to eat, what to avoid and how much to eat. This has given way to many dieting myths that most of us conveniently believe and fail to understand that they could be taking you away from your weight loss goals. Let’s bust the most common ones that have been sabotaging your good intentions.

1. You start with a light breakfast 

Skimping on the first meal of your day can slow down your metabolism and cause certain hormonal changes that can hamper the weight loss process. Not fulfilling your nutrition requirement after a long break of 8 to 9 hours can also make you eat more during your next meal and intensify your cravings. Besides giving us the much-needed energy, most of our breakfast foods like milk, oats, nuts and fresh fruits are good sources of important nutrients such as calcium, iron, proteins as well as fiber. The body needs these essential nutrients to burn calories and perform various digestive and elimination functions. If you miss your dose of these nutrients for breakfast, you are less to be compensated for later in the day. In short, having a wholesome breakfast makes it easier to follow a calorie-controlled diet through the day.

(Also read: The Best and the Worst Foods for Breakfast)

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Eating less for breakfast can be your biggest mistake. Photo Credit: Istock

2. You focus only on one food group 

According to Banglaore-based Nutritionist Dr. Anju Sood, “Your body needs a balanced diet and the composition of your body depends upon fulfilling the basic needs for its functioning. It is important to get out of the starvation mode and provide the basic amount of proteins, fibre and fats to the body.” The worst thing to do to your body is to deprive it of the essential food groups – carbs and fats included – you need all of them even to lose weight. Opting for a gluten-free or a vegan diet for no reason can do more harm than good. Stick to the basics of a balanced diet and staples that you have been eating but with a bit a of mindfulness.

(Also read: Carbs Don’t Make You Fat!)

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Don’t cut out carbs or fats, they are equally important. Photo Credit: Istock

3. You don’t practice portion control 

You may have switched to a whole grain loaf from white bread, olive oil from refined oil and nuts from fried snacks, but the idea is not only to make these healthy swaps but also to practice portion control. Just because these are healthier than their counterparts doesn’t mean you can eat a mountain of it. In fact, limiting calories does not mean giving up on essential foods but instead limiting your portions.


Even if you eat healthy, you need to eat small portions. Photo Credit: Istock

4. You eat too early but sleep too late 

A common advice to lose weight is to eat dinner before 7 P.M. A big problem while following this advice is that, you eat early but sleep late. Therefore, your body is naturally hungry by midnight and those after-hour cravings are simply irresistible and can ruin your day’s plan. Even if you curb these cravings somehow, you might end up eating extra the next morning to satisfy your body and thus, land yourself in a vicious cycle. So, either you get to bed early or have your dinner slightly late. If you’re having a late-dinner make sure it contains the least calories among all your major meals of the day.

midnightmunching 625If you sleep late, then don’t eat an early dinner. It could lead to cravings later. Photo Credit: Istock

5. You don’t believe in snacking 

In order to lose weight quickly, it is important to keep your metabolism up through the day. For this, you need to eat frequently (small portions) every three to four hours. Ideally, it is suggested to have a snack between breakfast and lunch which can be a bowl or fruits or salad and then again between lunch and dinner which can be few nuts, raw veggies dipped in hummus or rye bread with peanut or almond butter, as suggested by Macrobiotic Nutritionist Shilpa Arora. She also explains that keeping long gaps between your meals can spike your blood sugar levels which can play havoc with your system making your feel hungrier.

(Also read: The Three Secrets to Snack Smart)


Snacking is very important to keep your metabolism up. Photo Credit: Istock

6. You only eat low-calorie foods

Going on a weight loss diet does not mean that you can only bank on foods that are low in calories. In fact, your meals should consist of foods that keep your full for longer likefiber rich fruits and whole grains and those that that provide fullness and high levels of satiety like oats and eggs. This way you will never feel deprived or the need to binge.

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You need a mix of fiber, proteins and carbs to lose weight. Photo Credit: Istock

7. You don’t drink enough water

Instead of drinking enough water, you resort to drinking up your greens and fruits. This is probably the biggest blunder that you’re making. Fiber is your best tool to fight accumulation of fat and drive weight loss. Juicing up your greens and fruits can lead to a loss in fiber. Substituting water for other beverages can up your calorie intake. Drinking water helps in managing your appetite as thirst or dehydration can sometime be confused with hunger by your body.


Your body may confuse dehydration with hunger. Photo Credit: Istock

8. You eat too less and exercise too much

The key to weight loss is balance and consistency. If you drastically cut down your calories and yet subject yourself to an intense workout, you’re only going to slow down your metabolism and also the pace of losing weight. Your appetite may not be able to adjust to your new restricted diet and sudden high levels of physical activity may burden your body which can hamper other daily processes required to lose weight and remain healthy. Find a balance between how many calories you’re eating and how many you need to burn. Your workout plan should be based on these numbers.

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Balance out your eating plan with your workout regime

Making small changes in your daily lifestyle is all that is required to lose weight and sustain it.

Culled by Ike Onwubuya

Random health tips


Drinking hot lemon water can prevent cancer. 

Don’t add sugar. Hot lemon water is more beneficial than cold lemon water.


Both yellow n purple sweet potato have good cancer prevention properties. 

01. Often taking late night supper can increase the chance of stomach cancer 


02. Never take more than 4 eggs per week 


03. Eating pope’s nose (chicken backside) can cause stomach cancer 


04. Never eat fruits after meal. 

      Fruits should be eaten before meals


05. Don’t take tea during menstruation period. 


06. Take less soy milk, no adding sugar or egg to soy milk 


07. Don’t eat tomato with empty stomach 


08. Drink a glass of plain water every morning before food to prevent gall bladder stones 


09. No food 3 hrs before bed time 


10. Drink less Teh Tarik, no nutritional properties but can cause diabetes and hypertension 


11. Do not eat toast bread when it is hot from oven or toaster 


12. Do not charge your handphone or any device next to you when you are sleeping 


13. Drink 10 glasses of water a day to prevent bladder cancer 


14. Drink more water in the day time, less at night 


15. Don’t drink more than 2 cups of coffee a day, may cause Insomnia and Gastritis 🍗🍤🍗🍤🍗🍤🍗


16. Eat less oily food. It takes 5-7 hrs to digest them, makes you feel tired 


17. After 5pm, eat less 


18. Six types of food that makes you happy: banana, grapefruit, spinach, pumpkin, peach, watermelon


19. Sleeping less than 8 hrs a day may deteriorate our brain function. 

Taking Afternoon naps may keep our youthful look.


Cooked tomato has better healing properties than the raw tomato.


Hot lemon water can sustain your health and make you live longer! 
Hot lemon water kills cancer cells 
Add hot water to 2-3 slices of lemon. Make it a daily drink 
The bitterness in hot lemon water is the best substance to kill cancer cells.
Cold lemon water only has vitamin C, no cancer prevention.


Hot lemon water can control cancer tumor growth. 
Clinical tests have proven hot lemon water works. 
This type of Lemon extract treatment will only destroy the malignant cells, it does not affect healthy cells.

Next… Citric Acid and Lemon polyphenol in side lemon juice, can help reduce high blood pressure, effective prevention of deep vein thrombosis, improve blood circulation, and reduce blood clots.
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To take good care of their own health ❗

Stay focused and run your own race 

President Jomo Kenyatta wrote this some years ago..”I was jogging this morning and I noticed a person about 1/2 a kilometer ahead. I could tell he was running a little slower than me and I thought, good, I shall try to catch him. I had about a kilometer before I needed to turn off. So I started running faster and faster. 
Every block, I was gaining on him just a little bit. After just a few minutes I was only about 100 meters behind him, so I really picked up the pace and pushed myself. You would have thought I was running in the last leg of an Olympic competition. I was determined to catch him. 
Finally, I did it! I caught and passed him. On the inside, I felt so good. “I beat him.” Of course, he didn’t even know we were racing! 
After I passed him, I realized I had been so focused on competing against him that I had missed my turn! I had gone nearly six blocks past my turn and I had to turn and go back. 
Isn’t that what happens in life when we focus on competing with co-workers, neighbors, friends, family, trying to outdo them or trying to prove that we are more successful or more important? 
We spend our time and energy running after them and we miss out on our own paths to our God-given destinies!
The problem with unhealthy competition is that it’s a never ending cycle!
There will always be somebody ahead of you, someone with a better job, nicer car, more money in the bank, more education, a prettier wife, a more handsome husband, better behaved children, etc. 
But realize that “You can be the best that you can be, when you are not competing with anyone.” 
Some people are insecure because they pay too much attention to what others are, where others are going, wearing and driving…. 
Dress well and wear it proudly: you’ll be blessed by it!
Stay focused and live a healthy life. There is no competition in Destiny. 

Run your own race and wish others well.

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Grammatical Diet (Humour)


February 2nd 1929
Kind Sir, 
On opening this epistle you will behold the work of a dejobbed person, and a very bewifed and much childrenised gentleman. 
Who was violently dejobbed in a twinkling by your goodself. For Heavens sake Sir consider this catastrophe as falling on your own head, and remind yourself as walking home at the moon’s end of five savage wives and sixteen voracious children with your pocket filled with non-existent £ S D; not a solitudery sixpence; pity my horrible state when being dejobbed and proceeding with a heart and intestines filled with misery to this den of doom; myself did greedily contemplate culpable homicide, but Him who did protect Daniel (poet) safely through the lion’s dens will protect his servant in his home of evil. 
As to reason given by yourself — goodself — esquire for my dejobbment the incrimination was laziness. 
No Sir. It were impossible that myself who has pitched sixteen infant children into this valley of tears, can have a lazy atom in his mortal frame, and the sudden departure of eleven pounds monthly has left me on the verge of the abyss of destitution and despair. I hope this vision of horror will enrich your dreams this night, and good Angel will meet and pulverise your heart of nether milestone so that you will awaken, and with as much alacrity as may be compatable with your personal safety, you will hasten to rejobulate your servant. 
So mote it be – Amen
Yours despairfully
Sgd. Asuquo Okon Inyang.

Benefits of Black Tea


When it comes to boosting metabolism, coffee and matcha have long been the beverages of choice. But according to a new study, black tea is a secret weight-loss hero.

Green tea molecules are small enough to alter energy metabolism in the liver, whereas black tea molecules are too large. However, according to the study published in the European Journal of Nutrition, researchers discovered that black tea polyphenols stimulate the growth of good gut bacteria and the formation of short-chain fatty acids instead, which have been shown to boost metabolic rate.

Both black tea and green tea were proven to lower the number of gut bacteria linked to obesity while increasing the bacteria responsible for lean body mass. But now there is proof that black tea revs up your metabolism too.

“The results suggest that both green and black teas are prebiotics, substances that induce the growth of good microorganisms that contribute to a person’s well-being,” said Susanne Henning, lead author of the study and a human nutrition professor at UCLA.

“Our new findings suggest that black tea, through a specific mechanism through the gut microbiome, may also contribute to good health and weight loss in humans,” she said, adding, “For black tea lovers, there may be a new reason to keep drinking it.”