Is Your Brain Sabotaging Your Weight Loss?

Losing weight is not an easy nut to crack, and a weighing scale is not a bed of roses for some people. As soon as you step on it, you feel like you are entering a red zone. People struggling with weight loss often come up with sentences like, “I’ve been trying to lose weight for a month, and all I’ve lost is my 30 days.”

Many have heard about the reward pathways that make us do something, and in the weight loss journey, it is usually to sabotage us, but have you heard why one may stop doing something, especially if it is helpful?

The Role of the Habenula: The habenula is the decision-maker in your journey of weight loss as it controls dopamine levels in the striatum—in other words, it’s the motivation switch. Its Latin meaning, “little rein,” indicates its power in the system of the brain. It’s a major influencer in regulating the brain’s response toward reward, pain, anxiety, and stress.

Excerpted from Psychology Today

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