According to a recent study what causes people to regain weight after dieting?
- GMO Food
- Weak Calf Muscles
Answer: Weak Calf Muscles
In our modern lifestyle we tend not to move very much, a slow walk here, a quick job there… it doesn’t amount to much. Due to this most of the calories we expend are from our resting metabolic rate (RMR). Our metabolic activity is dependent on oxygen delivery throughout the body. When we are sitting, blood and fluids rest in the lower parts of our bodies. This pooling reduces the amount of blood going back to the heart. This reduced cardiac output corresponds directly to a reduced resting metabolic rate. People who have recently lost a lot of weight are more likely to pool more liquid because there skin is looser. Enter the soleus muscles (calf muscles), often referred to as our “secondary hearts.” These muscles pump blood and interstitial fluids back up to the heart. “However, our modern, sedentary lifestyles mean that our secondary hearts tend to weaken, which permits excessive fluid pooling into the lower body. This situation is now commonly referred to as sitting disease.” To read more on the study and what can be done to strengthen these muscles click here.