Crash Dieting May Increase Stress-Induced Binge Eating
There have been studies conducted on the health benefits of weight loss for the long term through calorie restriction, but not many studies have looked at the stress levels and how this calorie restrictive weight loss affects hormones.
Studies examined hormone changes and behaviors those on calorie restricted diets, which produced significant weight loss over three weeks. Previous studies have shown that withdrawal from a high fat diet has been shown to increase stress levels. This study showed that those that were dieting had higher levels of the stress hormone corticosterone. They also showed symptoms of depression when in stressful situations. What is even more significant is that this group had altered DNA after they were done dieting that showed changes in the genes that control appetite and stress. These changes even remained after they returned to regular eating habits and reached their pre-diet weights.
What this research shows is that repeated crash dieting may not only increase stress levels, but also make successful weight loss more difficult. It may make the brain more susceptible to increase future binge eating of high fat foods. It may actually reprogram how the brain responds to these situations.
Now that they have seen the results of crash dieting are detrimental to your fat loss success, you must learn how to control appetite and stress. Eating clean consistent meals throughout the day of nutrient rich foods is your best attack on fat loss, binge eating, and stress and mood management!