Don't Count Calories to Lose Weight: The Body Fat Set Point Theory
We have all been told that 3,500 calories equals a pound of fat. This idea is taught widely in schools and published in many nutrition textbooks. We know if we follow this rule, then we can lose a total of one pound per week by cutting approximately 500 calories per day. We take this as a fact and apply without ever questioning it.
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The Research on Calories and Fat
The Body Fat Set Point Theory
"All of these hormones must be doing their jobs and working in sync in order for us to achieve an optimal weight."
- Leptin was discovered in 1992 and has been found to control how much body fat we store, as well as when we are satiated.
- Insulin is our main fat storage hormone.
- Glucagon is the opposite of insulin. It stimulates the liver to release stored glycogen and works with adrenaline to free up our stored fats to use as energy.
- Ghrelin tells us when we are hungry.