Hormone levels may predict weight gain after dieting, study says

09/12/2010 | Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model)

High levels of leptin, a hormone that decreases appetite, and low levels of the appetite-boosting hormone ghrelin appear to increase the chances that obese and overweight people will regain the pounds they shed on a diet, researchers reported. The results "may indicate that the outcome of weight therapy may be preconditioned," the lead author said.

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