Sadly, our bodies are designed to put on weight and keep it. Our biological systems use the calories we eat as efficiently as possible and then store whatever is left over as glycogen or fat. While this was great when food resources were scarce, Western societies are blessed (or cursed) with a tremendous number of calorie-dense food options. Instead of struggling to add weight, almost all of us are struggling to maintain or lose weight.
Many people looking to lose weight turn to fad diets or quick solutions. While these can be tempting, they’re not good for your body, nor will they give you long-term results. Our bodies use five biological processes to keep us wanting food. Understanding these processes makes it easier for us to understand why we gain weight, which in turn helps us learn how to achieve and maintain a healthy weight.
Process 1: Hunger
The first process is hunger. Humans are compelled to eat, psychologically and physically. This hunger system is driven by taste and smell, physical sensations in the stomach, and hormones circulating in the blood. We can use willpower and mental games to fight cravings, but the drive to eat is incredibly strong.
Process 2: Fat
The second process is the fat processing system in the duodenum, the first part of the small intestine. From the body’s perspective, a fatty meal is a huge success, since our ancestors had a difficult time finding and securing meals with fat in them.
When a person eats a fatty meal, the digestive tract’s speed actually slows down. The body does this to extract as many calories from the food as possible. However, this also means that more calories can be absorbed by the body — calories you don’t necessarily need.
Process 3: Insulin & Glucose
The third process is the insulin and glucagon system, hormones secreted by the pancreas. After we eat, insulin is released so that glucose and other nutrients can be absorbed by cells. Calories that aren’t directly used for energy are moved to fat cells or to the liver for storage. Large spikes in insulin levels essentially bathe all of the cells in too much glucose. That glucose is then transformed into fat (and you put on weight).
Process 4: Long-Acting Hormones
The fourth process involves long-acting hormones that set the level of our body weight. These hormones have names like leptin, peptide YY, and ghrelin. Even when we effectively diet and lose weight, these hormones can slowly affect the way we metabolize energy, causing weight gain. Obesity researchers call this process “The Fat Trap” and it can undermine long-term success in weight loss.
Process 5: Gut Bacteria
The fifth process is highly dependent on the types of bacteria in the gut, especially the colon or large intestine. The lining of the colon contains trillions of bacteria. These bacteria can help in digestion, do nothing, or can cause or prevent disease.
Depending on the type of bacteria present and what nutrients are available to them in the colon, their metabolic processes can produce additional calories that are absorbed by the body. These are additional calories beyond what your body had absorbed in the small intestine and, consequently, contribute to weight gain.
How Prebiotin Weight Management Can Help
No single diet can combat all five of these powerful biological systems. However, Prebiotin Weight Management can help stem the effects of several. Prebiotin WM provides a sense of fullness without adding additional calories. This counteracts your feelings of hunger and the desire to eat food.
Prebiotin WM also reduces the intensity of insulin spikes in the blood. So instead of creating a large amount of useless glucose that is turned into fat, Prebiotin WM slows the rate at which cells absorb glucose, giving cells time to use it as energy.
Most importantly, Prebiotin WM feeds bacteria that prevent disease and produce fewer calories. The addition of Prebiotin WM to the diet supports bacteria that produce fewer calories, helping you to maintain or lose weight. Much healthier than a fad diet, right?