So . . . did you know that dieting started 2300 years ago by the Greeks? And that dieting has become an 80 billion dollar industry today? And even with us as the consumers spending that 80 million dollars on pill, potions and programs . . . there are 78 million adults and 12 million children "still" obese today! Clearly we can see . . . dieting as we know it . . . just doesn't work!!!
Okay . . . so we all know there's more to weight loss than how many calories we take in and expel out. And there are tons of diets out there that all have their flaws . . . But one thing we normally don't think about is how "inflammation" affects our weight. Even the Keto diet that everyone is doing these days actually promotes eating "inflammatory food" and that's one of the reasons people are unsuccessful or put the weight back on.
So inflammation can trigger the hormones and metabolic changes we spoke of yesterday which causes weight gain . . . and weight gain causes more inflammation. It's a vicious cycle.
Alright . . . so let's break it down. As I've spoken in the past . . . when a foreign entity, injury or immune response occurs . . . one of the first lines of defense is the immune system sending out inflammation in the body. Well . . . what if I were to tell you that there are healthy foods we eat everyday that contain what the body considers a foreign entities. Therefore the body sends out inflammation to assist in eliminating them. But because we are unaware of these entities . . . we continuously eat these items everyday and there's never a break for the immune system to stop making inflammation. I'll talk more about these foods later, but first let's continue on.
You see . . . it's this inflammation that alters all the hormones that we spoke of yesterday like the Leptin, Ghrelin and Cortisol which determine whether we overeat and gain weight . . . or not!
Okay . . . so this is one reason we can't lose weight easily. Another factor is . . . that when this inflammation in the body is consistent . . . we now have an overproduction of inflammatory "cytokines". Remember we spoke of them in a previous Health Tip. Now. these cytokines are proteins in the body that are secreted by specific cells in the immune system and are 'supposed to" regulate immunity and "inflammation". But if "fat" cells are in abundance . . . "inflammatory" cytokines are produced by these fat cells also. Therefore, the more overweight we are . . . the more inflammatory cytokines are produced and the LESS chance the body has to regulate weight lose.
Alrighty then . . . so we now know that we need to correct our overproduction of inflammation to lose weight.
So tomorrow we'll add another important part to this story of how to lose weight and keep it off.
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