We all battle with our weight and yo-yo dieting is no fun and it is also no good! Today we’re sharing the secret saboteur that is working against your weight loss goals. Leptin resistance explained simply, is when your body feels hungry, even when it is full.
Many women are suffering the symptoms. They are blissfully unaware of how this important hormone is the cause of their weight gain. Today we take a deep dive into this subject and discuss how you can get yourself back on track.
Know Your Body
Your body, when working correctly is a natural fat-burning machine. In order to shed pounds, be sure you aren’t unknowingly sabotaging your own efforts.
The best way to know what works for you is to understand your body shape and eat specifically for it.
How Does Leptin Affect You?
via Dr. Axe
As you can see from the Infographic above, our bodies actually have 2 fat loss hormones. Ghrelin is the hormone that gives us the munchies and is released when we are stressed.
It’s no surprise that when we are in this state that we reach for comfort food.
Leptin is your appetite suppressor – the hormone that signals your body that you’ve had enough to eat and is a key player in optimizing weight loss.
Although leptin reduces appetite, obese individuals generally exhibit an unusually high circulating concentration of leptin.
Leptin Resistance Explained
These people are said to be resistant to the effects of leptin, in much the same way that people with type 2 diabetes are resistant to the effects of insulin.
As mentioned, certain foods can block or increase leptin.
This is called leptin resistance. The pathway of leptin control in obese people is flawed in some way so that the body does not adequately receive a signal of satiety after eating.
Essentially, you need to lose weight so that your body realizes that it’s full after eating! As you lose weight, your body becomes more sensitive to leptin.
Leptin And Weight Gain Cycle
The above infographic explains the cycle of leptin. It is one of overeating, increased calories, and feeling continually hungry. Weight gain is an inevitable consequence.
Leptin plays a major role in complete hormonal balance. We actually require a substantial amount to burn fat.
When we diet, our leptin levels plummet. Leptin also tells our brain we are full.
Yo-yo dieting and calorie-restricted diets are one of the major contributors to poor leptin levels.
Lack of sleep, eating too late in the day and continual snacking are all triggers.
How Leptin Works In The Body
Low leptin levels are directly linked to comfort eating and overeating. Dr. Oz says the following.
“Leptin is a hormone that plays a crucial role in appetite and weight control.
It is thought to have at least two major functions. First, it crosses the blood-brain barrier and binds to receptors in the appetite center in the brain, regulating brain cells that tell you how much to eat.
Second, it increases nervous system activity which stimulates fatty tissue to burn energy.”
Leptin Sleep Guide
via Look Great, Lose Weight
There’s a reason it’s called beauty sleep.
The above infographic shows the results of a study involving those that sleep 8 hours a night. Overall they have a lower body mass index.
How To Reverse Leptin Resistance
via Dr. Westin Childs
Dr. Westin Childs has these helpful suggestions for leptin resistance.
Firstly, check you are on the right thyroid medication. He also says that 15 minutes of high-intensity training is far more beneficial than lower impact exercise.
He also suggests removing highly processed foods and 7-8 hours of sleep per night. You must also reduce fructose and this includes fruit. Whilst medications are on offer, this should be a last resort. You can fix this condition naturally.
Drinking water is a must. A dehydrated body thinks it needs food when water will suffice. By drinking water, you flush your system and maintain a full feeling. As a result, you won’t need to eat as much.
Portion control is also another game-changer. By reducing the size of your meals, even slightly, the calories saved will add up enormously over a week.
Leptin Resistance Eating Rules
via Dr. Axe
Here are some other helpful rules:
1: Eat dinner early and nothing after.
2: Stick to 3 Meals a day, don’t snack.
3: Reduce the portion sizes of your meals.
4: Have a protein-packed breakfast.
5: Reduce your carb intake.
5 Sneaky Signs You Are Leptin Resistant
According to Paleo Hacks, there are 5 sneaky signs you are leptin resistant. See if you recognize the symptoms below.
1. You follow a typical modern diet
2. You’re stressed out and sleep-deprived
3. You aren’t eating nearly enough
4. You have food cravings constantly
5. You’re overweight (or underweight)
The Leptin Diet Book
by Byron Richards
A great place to start is by reading up on leptin. Byron Richards is a Nutritionist and for the record, this is not a new phenomenon. This book was written in 2006. Here’s what he says.
The leptin diet explains how to unleash the power of hormones to resolve fatigue, food cravings, thyroid problems, and bodyweight issues. Mastering the fat hormone, leptin, is the single most important factor in preventing heart disease, obesity and diabetes.
Continue scrolling for 9 step guide to reverse leptin video.
Leptin Resistance Video Explanation
via Dr. Westin Childs
We have included a video that explains why you can’t lose weight. Dr. Westin Childs explains in plain English exactly what you need to do. To hear what he has to say, press Play above now ^