Sometimes, even your hard work to lose excess weight doesn’t give the expected results. One of the reasons why that happens can be a hormonal misbalance of the hormone called leptin, which prevents weight loss.
Cells release it and it has the responsibility to balance the energy levels and body weight. This is how it functions:
– Initially, it crosses the blood-brain barrier signaling the brain to determine the amount of food that the body needs.
– Secondly, it increases the activity of the nervous system, stimulating the fat tissue to burn energy.
It usually happens when the leptin does not reach the expected targets and the appetite is not under control, or when the receptors that register leptin fail to function and do not send the signals to cells to respond to it. The obese and overweight people are more prone to that condition.
In cases when this hormone has been high for a longer period of time, the person loses the sensitivity to it, and then the brain does not submit the signals of leptin, the metabolism is slow and the eating isn’t stopped when needed.
Here are the most common symptoms of leptin resistance:
– Weight gain
– Stress eating
– Uncontrollable cravings
– Increased blood pressure
– Late night eating
– Inability to lose weight
– Trouble falling or staying asleep
– Increase in triglycerides
– Sugar cravings
– Lack of motivation
– Frequent anxiety
– Fatigue, especially after eating
– Urge to snack soon after meals
We recommend you some of the measures that you need to take, in order to reverse leptin and insulin resistance.
You should immediately stop consuming:
- High dietary fat
- Fructose Corn Syrup
On the other hand, you should enforce intake of the organic and whole foods, much high-quality healthful fat (from avocados, butter, coconut and coconut oil, nuts, and animal fats). Consuming the animal-based omega-3 fat, like krill oil will be of great help.
The foods that should be avoided are processed foods, and the triglycerides reduced.
The importance of physical activities is significantly important as they restore the balance in the body and reverse leptin resistance. So, exercise on a regular basis.
Another issue that affects the levels of leptin in the body is a lack of sleeping or sleep disorders, so make sure you get a proper rest and sleep.