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1/26/24
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How to lose weight the scientific way

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- Dr. Andrew Jenkinson is a bariatric surgeon who advocates for a deeper understanding of biological and hormonal influences on weight rather than just focusing on willpower and calorie counting for weight loss.

- The availability of high-calorie food alone doesn't cause obesity; factors such as genetics, environment, and how processed foods can act like drugs blocking weight regulation pathways play a crucial role.

- The concept of a "weight set point" is critical to weight management, suggesting that our bodies have a natural weight that they strive to maintain, influenced by genetics and environmental factors like diet.

- Bariatric surgery is not just a mechanical intervention to reduce stomach size but also helps in resetting hormonal imbalances and the body's weight set point, indicating a biological basis for sustainable weight loss.

- The hormone leptin, produced by fat cells, is meant to regulate weight by signaling the brain about energy reserves, but high levels of insulin due to sugars and refined carbs can lead to leptin resistance, contributing to obesity.

- Traditional dieting and exercise often fail to lead to significant weight loss because the body can adjust its metabolism in response to these efforts, suggesting the need for dietary changes that don't provoke metabolic compensation.

- Processed foods are engineered to be addictive and stimulate the brain's reward pathways; reducing their intake can lower the body's weight set point and diminish cravings for unhealthy foods.

- Contrary to popular belief, exercise has a limited impact on weight loss due to the body’s metabolic adaptability, indicating that dietary changes are essential for effective weight management.

- Replacing processed foods with those that are less processed, such as home-prepared meals rich in nutrients, can help shift the weight set point and promote overall health without the feelings of hunger or irritation associated with strict dieting.

- Managing stress and understanding the role of habits and cravings in weight management is essential; techniques like "crave surfing" and meditation can help in developing healthier eating patterns and long-term weight control.