Many people face this problem. They do everything to lose their excess weight, but never seem to get the results. They work so hard, yet all they can achieve is maintaining the same weight.
It has been found that this is likely due to a specific hormone. Leptin is the hormone that causes prevention of weight loss.
Leptin is released by cells and it works by balancing both the energy levels and your body weight. In the beginning, it will cross the blood-brain barrier. It will bind to the receptors within the appetite center of the brain. This sends a signal to the brain so that it determines how much food is required by your body.
Leptin will also increase the sympathetic nervous system’s activity. This stimulates the fat tissue so that it burns energy. However in some people, their body will build resistance to the hormone.
Mostly a resistance is built when the leptin present in blood fails to reach the right targets for helping control appetite. Another case is when those receptors (to which leptin gets bound), don’t function properly. They fail to send signals to cells for responding to the hormone. This is what commonly happens in the case of overweight and obese people.
When this hormone remains in high levels for a long period, you will lose sensitivity towards it. Thus, the brain will not accept the signals of leptin for increasing the metabolism speed and to stop eating.
Leptin Resistance Symptoms
- Uncontrollable cravings
- Sugar cravings
- Weight gain
- Stress eating
- Lack of motivation
- Late night eating
- Increase in blood pressure
- Problem in falling asleep or staying asleep
- Frequent anxiety
- Fatigue (mostly after eating)
- Unable to lose weight
- Urge to snack right after your meals
- Triglyceride increase
If you stop taking the following foods if you want to reverse leptin and insulin resistance:
- Fructose corn syrup
- High dietary fat
Make sure your diet has high amounts of whole and organic foods. But you should take minimal amount of grain carbs.
It will be best to take lots of high-quality healthful fat that comes from coconut, coconut oil, avocados, animal fats, nuts, and butter. This includes high-quality monosaturatd and saturated fats. It is also important to take krill oil and other animal-based omega-3 fat
Make sure that you don’t take processed foods. When it comes to proteins and fiber, look for the soluble types.
Another important step is to minimize your triglyceride intake. This can be done by minimizing your carb intake.
Start exercising on a regular basis because exercise is capable of restoring the balance in a big way and reverse your body’s leptin resistance.
The problem with leptin levels in your body can also be because of sleep disorders and sleep deficiency. This is why getting enough sleep and rest is so important.
So make sure to check your leptin levels and resolve any problems. Also make sure to have your hormonal balance restored.