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IT'S NOT YOUR IMAGINATION: YOU'RE HUNGRIER AFTER LOSING WEIGHT

By Alan MozesHealthDay Reporter

Latest Diet & Weight Management News

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 14, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- If you find yourself famished after you've managed to diet[1] away a sizable number of pounds, you're not alone.

Cutting back on calorie consumption is likely to spark changes that permanently boost appetite among obese[2] men and women, Norwegian researchers report.

Blame it on the hunger hormone ghrelin, which spikes when you suddenly lower your food intake. It's a phenomenon that harkens back to when early humans had to survive bouts of famine, the researchers said.

Now, that ancestral hormonal swing may undermine long-term efforts to keep the weight off, judging by what happened to 35 morbidly obese patients as they spent two years on a highly structured weight-loss program.

"It is extremely important that both patients with obesity[3] and health professionals working with them are aware of the expected increase in hunger with weight loss[4]," said study author Catia Martins. ...

News source: MedicineNet

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