Most of us have tried to lose the unwanted pounds, but in most cases it wasn’t successful. Maybe you did not know, but it is a matter of hormones.
Do you know what leptin is?
This hormone’s key function is to manage the level of energy and weight. It passes the frontier between blood and brain, and attaches to receptors in the appetite center of the brain. After that, it sends signals to the brain concerning the amount of food your body needs.
Leptin supports the activity of the sympathetic nervous system, and supports fatty tissues to spend energy. If everything functioned perfectly there wouldn’t be unwanted pounds. Unfortunately, in some cases the body becomes immune to this hormone.
It happens when leptin cannot reach its targets and fails to control appetite. Then, the receptors cannot send signals to cells. This is the reason why people become so overweight. The levels of leptin are high, and the person becomes less sensitive to it, the brain cannot follow the signals it receives, which leads to poor metabolism and compulsive eating.
Here below are the following signs that show potential leptin resistance:
- Hypertension (high blood pressure)
- Elevated number of triglycerides
- Lack of sleep
- Excess weight gain
- Non-manageable food cravings
- Stress eating
- Late night eating
- Not being able to lose excess weight
- Sugar cravings
- Lousy motivation
- Fatigue after meals
- Need for having snacks after meals
What you shouldn’t eat in order to restore its function?
- High fructose corn syrup
You should eat organic and whole foods, and include in your diet more saturated and monounsaturated fats which are contained in avocados, coconut oil, nuts, butter and animal fats. It is advisable to use and other animal-based omega-3 fats and krill oil.
Avoid eating grain carbs. Do not eat processed foods. Eat more protein and soluble fiber and protein, and cut off on carbs.
Physical activity is essential for restoring proper leptin levels. Likewise, the leptin concerns may be a result of sleep shortage. Therefore, try to sleep 8 hours a day. You need to check your leptin levels regularly, and if needed treated on time. It is essential to restore the body’s hormonal balance, but in the most natural way.