Gaining extra pounds is one of the most unpleasant things for women.

You probably know that everything in your body is regulated by hormones. These chemicals are produced in different organs all over the body. They bind to special receptors and keep under the control numerous processes in this way.

Your weight and appetite depend on various stimulations, hormones and mechanisms, which develop every second in your organism.

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You may be surprised but even dopamine – a neurotransmitter, which promotes delivering signals from each part of the body to your brain – plays a great role in weight regulation.

Dopamine levels can impact on your mood, concentration, memory and motor function.

Reduced production of this chemical is usually associated with mental disorders, like Parkinson's disease, schizophrenia and depression. In addition to this, using illicit drugs may also affect dopamine influence on the body.

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Those, who use drugs regularly, have lower sensitivity to dopamine. This means that body cells need more dopamine to experience positive effects of this chemical.

Specialists say that some of us have congenital predisposition for reduced dopaminergic activity.

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Recent researches found a close link between dopamine levels and weight changes.

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In fact, we often stimulate dopamine releasing too intensively, when smoking or eating enormous amounts of high-sugar sweets and other palatable foods.

Once you've decided to quit smoking or to change your diet, dopamine activity drops down quickly.

When this occurs, you may feel overwhelming need to eat more, in order to compensate decreased dopaminergic stimulation. This “wanting” behaviour is conditioned be foods' ability to stimulate brain performance and improve mood.

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Sometimes compensatory overeating runs in families, as genetic changes may be a reason for too low dopamine activity.

It was also found that lack of dietary protein may be responsible for decreased dopamine levels. The reason is that without enough protein, your body doesn't get sufficient amount of L-tyrosine – amino acid, which takes part in dopamine building.

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Specialists say that certain medications, many of us take on a daily basis, may reduce dopaminergic activity. That's why antidepressants, neuroleptics, anticonvulsants and lithium-contained medicines may cause weight gain. However it doesn’t mean that you should repeal your doctor’s prescription. Talk with specialist, if you’ve suspected that unwanted weight gain is associated with your regular medications.

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