What is Leptin?
So…this might be a lot for you all to take in: Leptin, hormones, hypothalamus, immune system, thyroid, weight loss / gain, energy levels, nutrition, health, fitness. Yes, it’s all intertwined. I believe that most people know this to be true, yet few are willing to do much about it.
I’m taking part in a 6 Day Reset – where I am addressing my health at a hormonal level. It’s more than just being healthy on the outside (weight, muscles, endurance and such). It’s also about being healthy on the inside (energy, mental state, and brain function).
What is Leptin?
The short answer is: it’s a hormone that comes from your hypothalamus. If you remember, the hypothalamus is something that I’ve been researching and teaching about for over two years now. It’s what regulates your hunger, thirst, mood, relationships, and sleep. That’s sums up who we are, doesn’t it? The hypothalamus is regulated by glucose and sends out hormones to the rest of our system. Leptin is created there…in the hypothalamus. Read more about my findings and beliefs concerning the hypothalamus here.
Read more about Leptin here…http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leptin I’ve spent most of my day researching this for you. Basically – it’s the hunger hormone. It tells us when we are full. It regulates appetite to achieve energy homeostasis. In obesity, a decreased sensitivity to leptin occurs, resulting in an inability to detect satiety despite high energy stores.
The purpose of Day 2 of the 6 Day Reset is to fix this imbalance or decreased sensitivity. We need to reset our brain…don’t think “I have no will-power” or “I just can’t seem to put the fork down,” think “what’s going on in my brain that is making me keep eating?” The thing is, it’s an addiction. It has to do with dopemine and our nutrition.
What peripheral systems (non-Hypothalamus) does Leptin effect?
Circulatory, reproduction, bone, brain (hippocampus), and the immune systems are affected by Leptin in a variety of ways. Wikipedia says, “…, chronically elevated leptin levels are associated with obesity, overeating, and inflammation-related diseases, including hypertension, metabolic syndrome, and cardiovascular disease.”
Thyroid, gut, heart, brain…what else is there? This stuff is for real, and it’s important to not develop a decreased sensitivity to Leptin…and if you already have, there’s a chance to reset!
You need to RESET your relationship with FOOD
How? If you specifically fight belly fat, it very well could be something as simple as too much fructose in your diet. Fructose? That’s the stuff in FRUIT. That’s what makes fruit sweet. Can you get too much? Yes and no. The interesting thing I just discovered is that about 60% of adults have difficulty processing sugar from fruits: FRUCTOSE. And the thing is, it’s added to a lot of processed food. First: HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP. Yes, that’s right. That’s why people were taught to believe that HFCS was “good” for you – the sugar comes from fruit, so it can’t be all that bad, right? Well, if you’re not burning off that extra fructose, or if you have trouble processing it on your own, it WILL turn to fat.
Here’s how to reset your sensitivity to Leptin:
- Stop eating fruit for three days. No sugar, no fruits, no added fructose, no sweets. Try to keep your fructose levels to less than 20 grams per day. Some veggies (true veggies, not tomatoes) will still have some fructose. That’s okay. But stick to true veggies. True veggies are foods without seeds (this is debatable, but just for now, humor me).
- Eat protein with your first meal. Eggs, meat, tofu, etc. Give it a go. If you need ideas of high-protein foods, just Google it!
- Eat at least one pound of vegetables eat day…for three days. Again, real vegetables are key here.
- Increase the good fats: coconut oil, fish, avocados, olives.
- Eliminate alcohol for three days.
You can always look into Leptin food lists, hormones in the body, and fructose intolerance. The findings are interesting. You can get lost in the research, but if you believe that you have these issues…it’s worth the look.
It is important to know that everyone is different. While some will respond very well to this reset, some will need an extra boost. Ask me for more information on Leptin, the hypothalamus, and how nutrition can reset your entire system.
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