The science behind dieting

There are many things you might want to know about dieting if you are thinking about losing weight or getting healthy again. First, satiety matters. If you feel satiated, which is another way of saying you are not hungry again after you eat, then you will not eat any more. Things that can make you feel full include protein and fats, which are the healthy nutrients, along with some unhealthy foods like carbs.

These should be avoided in order to satisfy satiety, especially the refined carbs like white pasta, bread or rice. Many studies show this, including one from the University of Surrey that help show people who have a satiating egg for

breakfast which is filled with proteins instead of a croissant filled with refined carbs would bring a lower food intake later during the day.

Another key is insulin. This is an hormone which controls your levels of blood sugar. It is referred to as an anabolic hormone, something which builds up a body health along with helping control your weight.

If you are overweight or obese, especially when that extra fat is around your waist, you may develop an insulin resistance, which is when your body can’t use insulin effectively even though it keeps producing it, leading to a higher risk of diabetes and all kinds of heart diseases. An excess of insulin will block the burning of fat which in turn leads to increased weight and a vicious circle.

Of course calories count as well but it is not the most important criteria as most people think it is. Many women can lose weight on around 1,500 calories a day while men can get up to 1,800. These are the figures quoted by the British Dietetic Association, however the important thing is not just the calories count, but where those calories come from. There are various scientific findings that can help you decide whether your calories are good or bad ones, such as carbs or proteins.