Every person that has tried to lose some weight have had this problem. Doing everything right and working hard to lose that excess weight, but still not moving one step ahead.
But there can be a solution for this. There is a hormone, called leptin that is the main reason why you can’t lose weight. The main function of this hormone is to keep a balance between energy levels and body weight. That means that it crosses the blood-brain barrier and binds to receptors in the appetite center in the brain, signaling the brain to determine the amount of food that the body needs.The activity of the sympathetic nervous system is activated by this hormone, also stimulating the fat tissue to burn energy. But, as any other substance, the body can develop resistance to this hormone in some cases.
Sometimes, leptin in the blood does not reach the proper targets in order to control the appetite, and that is the reason why the body develops resistance.
This may happen also when the receptors that leptin binds to fail to function properly and do not send the signals to cells to respond.
If the levels of this hormone have been high for a longer period of time, the person loses the sensitivity to it, so the brain does not obey the signals of leptin to speed up the metabolism and stop eating.
In this short list we give you the most common symptoms of leptin resistance:
- Uncontrollable cravings
- Sugar cravings
- Weight gain
- Increase in triglycerides
- Late night eating
- Stress eating
- Urge to snack soon after meals
- Fatigue, especially after eating
- Increased blood pressure
- Trouble falling or staying asleep
- Inability to lose weight
- Frequent anxiety
- Lack of motivation
In order to reverse insulin and leptin resistance, you should immediately stop consuming:
- High dietary fat
- Fructose Corn Syrup
Despite this, you should really take care what you diet consists of. It should be rich in organic and whole foods, but reduce the intake of grain carbs immediately. If you think there is no way you can consume healthful fat, just start using avocados coconut and coconut oil, nuts, butter, and of course animal fats. You should also consume animal-based omega-3 fat, like krill oil.
In the process where you reduce the intake of grain carbs, you actually reduce the triglycerides which are perfect. You should also avoid processed foods, and consume soluble fiber and protein. Keep in mind that it’s not only the diet you should stick to it. You need to exercise regularly because that can restore the balance in the body and reverse leptin resistance.
The issues with the levels of leptin in the body may also be a result of sleep deficiency and sleep disorders, so make sure you get a proper rest and sleep.
According to all you have learned here, it’s important to check your levels of leptin, and solve any problems if there are.