Why is it that no matter how much we eat at a meal, we can usually find room for that savory and highly caloric dessert? For those who struggle with that dilemma, a new study has shown that, at least for some people, there could be a hormonal issue. Scientists at Rutgers University just did a study on mice that indicates a shortage of a hormone called GLP-1 (Glucagen-Like Peptide) may keep some from feeling full when they eat fatty foods (http://www.cell.com/cell-reports/fulltext/S2211-1247(15)00688-9) .
The hormone seems to plays a part in the brain’s reward process. When GLP-1 is produced, it blocks the neurotransmitter dopamine, which makes you feel good for doing something, like eating fatty foods. Conversely, when the level of GLP-1 is lowered, dopamine is higher, so there is no “shut off” mechanism for eating them. So those who have low GLP-1 and eat fatty foods may be less likely to push away from the table. Scientists are now studying ways that GLP-1 can be adjusted to help with the fatty food appetite.
Unfortunately, our hormones and neurotransmitters don’t always act in the best interest of our efforts to control our weight, and may even present some of us with a greater challenge. Our programs at Weight Loss Systems are tailored to your preferences to help you stay focused on your goal. Come in for a free consultation with Vicky at Weight Loss Systems and let us help you start on the road to a new you!