“Do You have to be Superhuman to lose Weight?” was in big letters in The New York Times Magazine on Jan. 1, 2012.
So here I go again:
Losing weight and keeping it off is very hard to do without help because:
1) hunger and cravings are intensified after even a small amount of weight loss, and
2) metabolism decreases when caloric intake is lowered.
What kind of help am I talking about? Prescription medications to maintain normal metabolism, decrease interest in food, and make you feel full with less food.
This time I have help from a woman named Tara Parker-Pope. She works for The New York Times. Someday, I hope to meet her so that I can shake her hand. I try to keep up-to-date in my field. To do so, I’ve been going to The Obesity Society annual meetings for the past eight years. I also read a lot of what’s published in the scientific literature. And I’m very impressed with what she has done.
Ms. Parker-Pope has pulled together almost all of the important research addressing the forces which make it difficult for people to lose weight and keep it off. Since she’s a professional journalist (and I am certainly not), please read what she has to say. It should help you stop feeling guilty about your struggles with weight.
The one thing she hasn’t pointed out is the relationship of leptin to thyroid hormones. She discusses the role of leptin in lowering metabolism. The way leptin lowers metabolism is to decrease the active thyroid hormone (its nickname is T3) and increase a hormone known as “reverse T3.” No one doubts that lower T3 decreases metabolism, while some people in the field do not believe that high reverse T3 also lowers metabolism. But leaving those details aside, just realize as you read her article that leptin acts as a switch to decrease metabolism by changing the ratio of these two hormones.
So go take a look at what she has to say!