Habits, Not DNA, Dictates Your Weight


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When the body is running low on fuel (glucose), the brain will send a signal to the stomach, via the vagus nerve, that it requires fuel.

The vagus nerve will then trigger hunger pains in the stomach, in the hope that you will eat something. Once you eat enough, the vagus nerve sends a signal to the brain – “mission accomplished”. The brain will respond by sending a cease and desist order back down the vagus nerve to put an end to your hunger pains, in the hope you will stop eating.

As a rule, each person has their own genetically predetermined metabolic “weight” set point.

A “weight” set point is the level of weight each person’s body seeks to maintain.

For example, if my metabolic “weight” set point is 190 pounds, my body will do what it can to maintain that “weight” set point.

If I were to go on a diet and exercise regimen, my body’s metabolism will slow down, in an effort to maintain my 190 pounds.

If I decide to eat more and exercise less, my body’s metabolism will speed up, in an effort to maintain my 190 pounds.

So, we’re all screwed then, when it comes to weight loss?

Yes. Unless you know how to change your metabolic “weight” set point.

Since 2004 I have been studying habits. I wrote four books about my findings.

The good news, I learned from my research, is that you can lower your metabolic “weight” set point with just two good habits:

#1 Eating Healthy Nutritious Food

The food you eat generates the fuel (primarily glucose – sometimes ketones) you need in order to provide the energy to get through each day.

If the food you’re eating is unhealthy, meaning not nutritious (junk food/processed food), your brain will continue to send signals to your stomach to eat more, in order to obtain the fuel it requires. This additional excess eating leads to weight gain.

If the food you eat is highly nutritious, however, you will not need to eat as much food and your brain will stop sending hunger signals to your stomach.

#2 Sleeping 7 – 8 Hours a Day

Sleep also affects your metabolic “weight” set point. Those sleeping less than 4 hours a night are 73% more likely to be obese. Sleep deprivation lowers leptin (fat) levels and raises gherlin (a hormone that stimulates appetite) levels. When you don’t get enough sleep, your body increases the level of fat storage and increases your appetite.

Researchers have concluded that the best way to maintain sustained weight loss and permanently lower your body’s “weight” set point is through a lifelong process of eating healthy foods and getting a good night’s sleep (7-8 hours for adults).

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Thomas C. Corley About Thomas C. Corley

Tom Corley is a bestselling author, speaker, and media contributor for Business Insider, CNBC and a few other national media outlets.

His Rich Habits research has been read, viewed or heard by over 50 million people in 25 countries around the world.

Besides being an author, Tom is also a CPA, CFP, holds a master’s degree in taxation and is President of Cerefice and Company, a CPA firm in New Jersey.
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