LEPTIN IS THE BOSS HORMONE FOR WEIGHT LOSS
Let it be our project to understand and to handle this all important hormone that can ruin our
weight loss efforts. Leptin controls hunger and metabolism. If we eat too much sugar and commercial
processed foods and not sleep long enough the level of leptin goes down. This is when we begin to
crave foods and have a slower metabolic rate. This is when we need to get the leptin up to normal.
Normally as we eat and fill up the leptin increases and when we have enough we quit eating. The
trouble with obese individuals is that we keep on eating when we are suppose to stop.
Scientist and researchers are trying to get to the root of this problem. They do not all agree on the
cause of obesity. They know hormones are at the core of the problem and their relationship to each
Leptin is made by fat cells. The fatter you are the more leptin is produced in the bloodstream. It
is said that leptin sends to the brain (Hypothalmus part) that you have plenty fat stored up and you
should not eat any more.
Obese people have lots of leptin. You would think there is enough leptin and the brain should shut
down on eating. But, for some reason the brain does not get the message so obese people keep eating.
The brain does not recognize the leptin and lets obese individuals continue eating thinking you are
starving. This is called leptin resistance. Many scientist believe this to be the cause of obesity.
Many good men and women have tried to get tough on their bodies by being very strict on their
diet and almost starving ourselves only to have weight gain to return because we could not keep it up.
If we are going to diet then we should do a diet that we can live with for a long long time. Leptin
hormonal cravings will beat our will power most of the time. Better to lose a little at a time.
CAUSE OF LEPTIN RESISTANCE
1 Leptin resistance can be due to having high leptin levels for a long time .
2 Having lots of free fatty acids in the bloodstream that can increase fat metabolites in the brain
which influences leptin levels.
3 Inflammation can be interfering with leptin signals in the brain.
How To Correct Leptin Resistance
First know that if you have a great amount of body fat in the stomach area you have a great
chance of being leptin resistant. To fight this resistance do these things:
1 Eat lots of protein and low carbohydrates.
2 Leave commercial processed foods off to reduce inflammation. These are in the can.
4 Eat more fiber
5 Get plenty sleep ( 8 hrs ) per day
6 Eat less total carbohydrates which will lower the triglycerides.
7 If you are lean STAY LEAN.
8 Avoid toxins in the food and the environment.
Athletes often take a day off and eat a little more protein and more carbohydrates.
Some use Acetyl L-Carnithine (ALCAR) or even taurine which prevents leptin resistance.
FOODS TO INCREASE LEPTIN LEVELS
These are foods found to increase leptin levels:
1 Greens , vegetables and fruits
2 Protein foods like lean meats and eggs
3 NO sugary sweets
4 Fish with high omega-3 fatty acids
5 Foods with lots of Zinc such as seafood,spinach,beans,beef,and mushrooms
FOODS TO INCREASE LEPTIN SENSITIVITY
Lean meats,hot pepper,oatmeal, grapefruit,fish,eggs,low fat yogurt, green tea, broccoli,
almonds, beans, whole grain cereal, fruits and vegetables,skim milk, olive oil, turmeric,
lean beef, apple,and sesame seeds
WEIGHT LOSS MEASURES
Weight loss is measured by the difference in scale readings. The trouble is it can be :
body fat loss or water loss or worse muscle loss. Because calories in and calories is only part
of picture we need to measure our waist as well . Hormones are involved and not just calories.
These hormones are the chemical that tell the body to burn fat,eat more,feel hungry,
crave foods or do the opposite. LEPTIN is the boss hormone here for weight loss. Cutting calories
is good but we must keep the hormones balanced. We can reduce cravings,increase metabolism,and
have more energy by understanding and handling leptin. The key is regulating the hormones and
to eat less carbohydrates.
WHAT ARE YOU LOSING
Earlier I suggested that you lose water or fat or muscle. The type exercise determines which you
lose. Exercise involving the large muscles push calories to muscle. You lose weight this way. If
your skin is tight and you are lean then you are losing fat. If your skin is on the flabby side and then
you are losing fluid and/or muscle. Take a tape and measure around your waist and compare to
next measuring. If both weight from the scales is down and the tape measure is less than before
you are losing mostly fat. If the waist goes down and weight on scales goes up you are losing
almost all fat. If the waist goes up and weight from scales goes down or stays the same then you are
merely losing weight and this is water weight you are losing. Scientist have proven these findings.
Sleep regulates your leptin level. If you are over 300 pounds like was then you are probably leptin
resistant. See your doctor. Leptin plays a big role in weight loss because it regulates appetite by
preventing the overproduction of appetite influencing hormones. Hormones play a big part in
digestion of food and letting some calories go through that we do not need and keeping others
that we do need. Note the hormone itself can not make you lose weight. Hormones do a dynamic
job in helping us to lose weight. There a two ways to work on leptin resistance. One way is to up
production and the other is to increase sensitivity. We have drawn attention to foods to do just
that. Some will make you produce more leptin and some will increase metabolism. Some will
lower leptin resistance by keeping excess leptin out of the bloodstream.
Now that we know how leptin works we can handle this giant.
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