Hunger Hormones and Weight Loss
Leptin Hormone and Weight Loss
Have you tried a lot of restrictive diets in order to lose weight but still can’t seem to make the scale move downwards? You’re probably aware that an effective weight loss plan is more than just knowing about what calories are being taken in minus the amount of calories being used. Certainly exercise is a component, but there is one more thing in the weight loss equation you need to understand: that one more thing is your Leptin hormone.
How Does Leptin Help With Weight Loss?
Many people believe that not being able to lose weight is caused by a lack of discipline and willpower. Others believe it is because their metabolism is slow or they have a problem with their thyroid. There may also be a genetic disposition thrown in there, too.
Studies reveal that difficulty losing weight certainly is due to many complex factors; however your leptin hormone has a great deal to do with weight loss. Recent research conducted on the challenge of obesity suggests that leptin can significantly influence the body’s ability to burn fats and lose weight. There are several key points you need to keep in mind regarding weight loss.
First, the leptin hormone has the responsibility to send messages to your brain so it will then tell you to stop eating because your body knows how much fat you already have stored. As the leptin hormone levels start to increase, your appetite will start to diminish. Conversely, when your leptin levels reduce, your appetite will increase. Here begins the problem with weight gain!
Leptin plays a crucial role in regulating your body’s ability to burn fat, so when your leptin increases, your metabolic rate also speeds up. If your leptin levels dwindle, however, the same thing will happen to your metabolism.
You need to understand your hunger hormones and be good at harnessing the power of leptin in order to boost your weight loss efforts. The following are some experts’ suggestions on how you can make leptin work for you and improve your eating behavior, resulting in weight loss.
(Make sure to consult your health care provider and a functional nutrition professional to help you identify as well as address any imbalance in your hypothalamus-pituitary pathways. This imbalance may have been affecting your body’s ability to regulate thyroid function, stress, sex and growth hormones that are making it difficult for you to lose weight.)
Some Ideas for You…
You are what you eat, and food provides the best source of natural medicine. Curcumin, for example, has been found by some experts to be effective for regulating leptin. Foods that are rich in omega-3 fatty acids such as flax seed oil, salmon and chia seeds are also helpful for modulating leptin release in the body. (As an added bonus, chia seeds help in lowering blood pressure!)
You may also need the help of probiotics to be able to give your gastrointestinal health a boost while also increasing the number of short-chain fatty acids that can directly influence the functioning of leptin.
Another point to remember is if you want to lose weight and protect your leptin hormone, avoid using MSG (monosodium glutamate). This substance is a common ingredient in many cuisines, and is especially prevalent in Asian cuisine. Unfortunately MSG can also make your appetite spiral out of control as well as trigger migraines. You may find yourself binge-eating only to feel hungry again a few hours later.
If you are worried about your weight loss efforts, take a moment to consider whether or not your leptin levels might be out of balance.
Helping You Live Healthier in a Major Way!
Cheryl A Major, CNWC