Are you one of many people who are struggling with extra kilograms? How many times have you tried to lose weight and you have not achieved the desired results?
Well, if you cannot lose weight, no matter how hard you try, maybe the reason for that are your hormones.
Have you ever heard of leptin?
Leptin is a hormone that literally ‘prevents’ weight loss. The main function of this hormone is regulation of the energy levels and your weight. Namely, it crosses the barrier between blood and brain and attaches to receptors in the appetite center of the brain. Then, it sends signals to your brain regarding of the amount of food your body needs.
As scientists explain, leptin stimulates activity of the sympathetic nervous system, and it stimulates fatty tissues to spend energy. Still, sometimes the body builds up esistance to this hormone, which occurs when leptin cannot reach its targets and fails to control appetite. At some patients, the receptors cannot send signals to cells, as is the case with overweight people.
If the levels of leptin are high, the person becomes less sensitive to it, and the brain simply cannot follow the signals it receives, and the result of that is poor metabolism and compulsive eating.
The following symptoms indicate a potential leptin resistance:
- Weight gain
- Uncontrollable cravings
- Late night eating
- Inability to lose excess weight
- Stress eating
- Sugar cravings
- Frequent snacking after meals
- High number of triglycerides
- Poor motivation
- Fatigue after meals
You should stop eating these products in order to reverse insulin resistance:
- High fructose corn syrup
Also, you should avoid grain carbs. Instead, eat organic and whole foods. Additionally, include more saturated and monounsaturated fats, such as those contained in coconut oil, avocados, nuts, butter and animal fats. It is advisable to use krill oil and other animal-based omega-3 fats.
Cut off the intake of any processed foods. Include more soluble fiber and protein to your diet, and less carbs.
It is important to highlight that physical activity is crucial for your overal health. It restores the natural balance in the body and thus reverses leptin resistance.
According to some experts, sleep deprivation may be the cause for leptin issues. So, you should get some quality sleep.
You need to check your leptin levels regularly, and if there is some issue, to treat it on time. It is advisable to restore your hormonal balance on completely natural way.