Have you ever tried to diet and become frustrated because no matter how hard you try, you don’t lose any weight? Or do you ever get the feeling that no matter how much you eat, you never get the satisfaction of feeling full? You are not alone; people that are overweight tend to have a condition known as Leptin Resistance. If you stand in front of a mirror and notice high areas of body fat around your belly, you may have this condition.
This article is going to discuss what this hormone is, what it does to your body, and measures that you can take to manage this hormone.
How does it work?
Leptin is a hormone that is produced by fat cells to regulate fat storage and controls your food intake. The bloodstream carries this hormone to your brain, signaling the hypothalamus to decrease your food intake.
The role it plays
The primary role of this hormone is to regulate your energy and tell your brain when there is enough body stored. When your brain receives the signal that you have enough fat stored, you stop eating and burn calories. When your body has high levels of leptin, your brain does not receive the signal to stop eating, therefore, increases your body fat. This is a condition known as Leptin Resistance. This is said to be a biological contributor to obesity because your brain thinks that you are starving. This is why it is referred to as the “starving” hormone.
When your brain thinks that your body is starving, you eat more, burn fewer calories, and your energy levels are decreased. This is why people struggle with losing weight and go back and forth between yo-yo dieting. It’s not because they don’t have the will power or that they are lazy; it’s because their body has high levels of this hormone, which is hindering their weight loss efforts.
Effect on your body
Aside from contributing to obesity, it can also put people at risk for becoming diabetic later on in life. If you are already diabetic or prediabetic, it can have complications with managing diabetes. Causes of resistance have been known as:
Having high levels of the hormone in your bloodstreamInflammationHigh levels of free fatty acids
What can you do?
While it is still inconclusive as to whether you can reverse resistance, there are measures that you can incorporate into your everyday lifestyle, that may help manage it. Here are some things that you can do to adopt a healthier lifestyle and possibly reverse resistance to this hormone:
Staying away from processed or prepackaged food (junk food) – It is said that processed food increases inflammation, which is a cause of leptin resistance. Getting physical – If you live a sedentary lifestyle, you are slowing your metabolism and burning less fat. The more fat you store, the more leptin you have in your body. Not getting adequate sleep – When you don’t get enough rest, your body doesn’t have time to recoup and becomes overworked and overstressed. Add more soluble fiber and protein to your diet. Reduce carb intake – The more carbs you intake, the higher your triglycerides are going to be, which prevents the movement of the starvation hormone from your blood to your brain.
By leading a more active and healthy lifestyle, you are on your way to battling the war against resistance to this hormone. This is important for people that are battling obesity and struggling with bouts of low energy. When the resistance is improved, people notice they have more energy, faster metabolisms, and more control over their hunger.