Home > Newsletters > Daily: Love or hate Earth Hour? > Daily Dose: This is why your vanilla or cinnamon flavoured e-cigarette is toxic > Health-in-Motion 18 August 2017 Why is dieting so difficult? Why is dieting so difficult? Because our body actively works against us! We have a built-in thermostat that couples the number of calories we eat to the number of calories we burn. When we eat less, our body compensates by burning fewer calories, making it much harder to lose weight. Scientists have recently identified a group of neurons in the brain’s hypothalamus which play a key role in this process, making us hungry when they’re activated, but minimising the number of calories that we burn when food intake is limited. 0 More: Daily Dose: This is why your vanilla or cinnamon flavoured e-cigarette is toxicHealth-in-Motion advertisement Other news Diet and nutrition How many kilojoules are actually in a potato, anyways? Diet and nutrition What exactly is folic acid, and should you be taking it? Medical 10 famous people in history who smoked weed News Ageing skin and all that comes along with it Medical QUIZ: How much do you know about constipation? Medical Oral care: The limitations of just brushing alone From our sponsors Dementia and Incontinence: what you need to know Tell-tale signs you need a mattress upgrade Keen to win a R2 000 voucher? Good health begins in your gastrointestinal tract Live healthier Looking younger » Can maple leaves help you look younger? New research has found that maple leaf extract can help you look years younger. Killer foods » Wild mushrooms a 'silent killer' Health practitioners are warning people to stay away from wild mushrooms.