Leptin and Weight Loss
Your friends, your co-workers—someone you know has gone on a diet, lost the weight and gained it back. It seems like we are constantly seeking more information on weight loss and how the body works so we can keep weight off. One word you might hear more frequently is Leptin. Although it’s nothing new, and certainly not a diet pill, it can affect your ability to lose weight and keep it off.
Leptin is a hunger hormone.
And when it comes to weight loss—hunger is a key factor in your success (or failure).
What Is Leptin?
Leptin is a hormone in your body that suppresses appetite. It can have an impact on your food intake based on its natural ability to directly impact on your brain.
Leptin affects the hypothalamus. This part of the brain directs a bunch of behaviors, emotions and processes including hunger and thirst.
When you consume food, your body increases its leptin levels. Leptin tells the brain, “Hey, we’re full here.”
But if you have low levels of leptin, or are leptin resistant—you might not put the fork down and push away from the table. In turn, you eat more than you should and don’t even realize it.
The Leptin Balancing Act
Fat cells store and release leptin. As fat mass increases, so do leptin levels. This is so that, in a perfect world, you’d eat less and move more to get rid of that excess fat.
On the flip side, when you lose fat, leptin levels decrease so your body eats more and burns less.
Its homeostasis, baby.
The body is trying not to get too fat or too thin.
However, not all people respond to leptin (or choose to respond to leptin) the way it was intended. They choose to overeat and at some point, leptin serum levels get super high, indicating a leptin resistance. Additionally, some studies have shown leptin levels drop in obese people, likely leptin just gives up and starts leaving.
The choice to overeat leads to a disrupted pathway in the brain and the ensuing leptin-resistance perpetuates a state of overeating and obesity.
How to Get Healthy Leptin Levels Again
Whether you want to lose weight or maintain your weight, leptin levels are important.
Leptin resistance is one of the most diagnosed causes of obesity. If you’re struggling to lose weight, or you are beginning to gain weight, get your leptin levels checked.
To decrease your leptin levels, you can do a few things that can help restore the balance and your body’s reaction.
First, you obviously want to lose fat. The less fat you have the less leptin levels that are concentrated in your blood contributing to a potential resistance by your body. If you could lose fat by choice, you probably wouldn’t be here, would you? Here are a few ways to get back control. As always, consult with your doctor before starting any weight loss or diet plan.
- Eat cleaner. Yes, it might seem like it’s a terrible first step, but you’ll find if you get rid of the junk food that you’ll start to crave it less and less. Soon, you won’t remember what it tasted like. Eat vegetables, fruit that are nutritious and filling. That way you won’t scarf down three rows of high calorie, low-nutrition Oreos while waiting for Leptin to tap your brain and tell it to stop.
- Eat more protein. Protein will fill you up, help build lean mass, and burn more calories while you consume it.
- Move more. Exercising regularly can reduce leptin resistance levels. Doing any activity is good, but strength training and High Intensity Interval Training (HITT) can get you where you want to be faster.
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