Scientists have discovered a molecular switch in the brain that regulates fat burning and could provide a way to control weight gain following dieting. This "molecular switch" potentially controls the human body's capacity to store fat, particularly after long periods of "famine" or weight loss.
This is similar to the premise a underlying "yo-yo dieting", (or what I call the #biggestloser effect) - where we regain the weight lost caused by dieting.
Being able to control this switch may be a therapy for obesity and other metabolic disorders such as Type 2 diabetes.'' A protein called carnitine acetyltransferase has been identified in hunger-processing brain cells that regulate fat storage after dieting.
Here is what most people do not realize...
When we are dieting (or when there is a famine) our bodies burn fat to provide energy.
However... during this "starvation mode" our brains fight to conserve energy and, as soon as food becomes available, the body switches from burning to storing fat .
Apparently, the scientists who isolated the CRAT protein have shown that CRAT can turn off this fat storing process...
The Fitness Doctor remains skeptical...
Repeated "yo-yo dieting", may lead to weight gain because the brain interprets these diets as short famines and urges the person to store more fat for future shortages.
So what is the takeaway?