Perfect. Just as you're getting your junk-food habits under control, your brain plays tricks on you to make you want entire meals of chips, cookies, and pizza again. If it's hormones, there's NO WAY TO STOP THE CRAVINGS, right? Fortunately for you and your teenage self, you're more than your hormones -- being aware that your brain is playing tricks on you is a good first step, but if you need help combating cravings, check out these simple, yet effective tips.
Your metabolism fights back
You'd think your metabolism would adjust to your new, fitter body, and work in your favor to help you burn calories. Unfortunately, like your hormones, the complete opposite happens.
"As we lose weight, our metabolism slows down, and it's not just because you're losing weight," Dr. Grunvald says. "The metabolism slows down even more than you would expect just for the loss of mass. That's a concept called metabolic adaptation, so basically it's your body slowing down metabolism even further than it should."