By Vonie Kalich
Teaching fitness for more than 25 years, I worked out a lot and ate healthy. Overeating was reserved for holiday feasts and social gatherings. I got away with the “scale shock” because I was working out and shedding those excess calories.
On occasion “over eating” just happened! A family favorite, hamburger gravy over mashed potatoes, forced me to undo the top button of my jeans. The “bloat” lasted all night long. I over-ate every time I prepared that meal.
Why? I cooked lots of food and regularly had left-overs. Was I afraid there wouldn’t be any left, or feared someone would get to the leftovers before I did?
I have crossed the mid-fifties mark. Those “extra calories” linger! So, knowing that, why do I still sometimes overeat?
Why do you stuff yourself?
It’s not Christmas or Thanksgiving, where second pieces of pie or overly large helpings of mashed potatoes are routine....
By Joel Wasmann
I gotta tell ya, it’s such an exciting time to be involved with human health and nutrition. We have so much new information these days and it is so empowering for everyone involved. Okay, that being said let me get started here with Leptin. Leptin is a hormone that was discovered fairly recently and although it is not completely understood we do have a fairly good idea of what it does. Leptin is known as the satiety hormone, as it helps our body realize when it is full. Leptin is made by our adipose cells and its function is to inhibit hunger. Leptin works in opposition to our hunger hormone, ghrelin.
It’s interesting that our fat cells produce this hormone (along with some others) which make our body fat actually act like an endocrine gland. You probably thought your body fat was just useless and lazy. Leptin communicates with the brain regarding fat stores and metabolism. When the system...