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After ‘The Biggest Loser,’ Their Bodies Fought to Regain Weight

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Key finding: after a period of months, these champions of weight loss had almost no leptin in their bodies. Leptin is the hormone that tells your body to burn fat and not be hungry, so...

Is there such a thing as Leptin supplements? 

Seems like that would be very helpful. 

yes... they come in a tiny injectible thingy... Doesn't really help tho from my experience.. the leptin seems to be secondary to another hormonal process.  iirc, what matters is leptin levels variance from the mean.

and from what i've seen... need to find those pages again... the smarter thing to do is artificially force your hormones into a correct profile and get the starvation feeling 'out of the way' earlier in the process

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You're right that it's a complicated feedback mechanism. 

Depending on which meta-study you believe, between 97 and 99 percent of individuals who lose a significant amount of weight have regained it all within 3 years.

What does that tell us? That the mind and body do everything they can to resist change?

Re: "What does that tell us"

My interpretation is that the "too many calories" theory is untrue or only true in a superficial sense, and that starving oneself isn't the answer.  As more and more studies pile up showing that on different foods, experimental groups can gain or lose weight at the same level of caloric intake, it seems hard to stick with the conventional thinking.

What you say makes sense. I agree with you. 

The type of calories does seem to matter to most people, because of complex feedback mechanisms. There's much we still don't know but fortunately this is an active area of research. 

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