Harder to Lose & Harder to WANT to Lose

Once we gain excess body fat, it becomes harder to lose because our cells are more insulin resistant, which means we’re more likely to store fat as opposed to muscle. Additionally, our new fat cells release their own hormones, like resistin, to prevent being burned. And if we gained the excess body fat after a crash diet with a severely restricted caloric intake, our slower metabolic rate and disrupted hormone levels will mean less fat burning and more fat storage.

Aside from all of that, new research in the journal Physiology & Behavior suggests that we more than likely have less motivation to exercise as well.  Scientists split 32 rats into 2 diet groups, where one was purposely fattened up on what was classified as a ‘junk food diet’ over a 6-month period. During the study the rats were given the opportunity to press a lever for a food reward. The obese rats displayed much lazier behavior, sometimes taking twice as long between lever pushes compared to their leaner counterparts.

The most interesting part of this study was that even when the overweight rats were switched back to the nutritious diet for 9 days, they didn’t improve their performance with the task. And better still, the lean rats were put on the junk food diet for 9 days and maintained their superior lever performance.

Moral of the story – don’t be a fat rat!

In all seriousness, if you let yourself gain excess body fat it will be harder to lose. Depending on how much you’ve gained, it may be extremely hard to lose. The lean rats not only ate junk for 9 days and had a higher performance level but they didn’t gain any fat. Conversely, the obese rats had a lazy performance and didn’t lose any fat.  As you pursue your goal of losing excess fat, the biggest mistake you can make is paying attention to the daily regimen of your lean friend(s). You may have to work harder, but don’t let that prevent you from getting started.

The more you gain, the bigger the battle; and the less motivated you’ll be to pursue it.

Stay Lean!
Coach Mike


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