Often times, regardless of how hard people try, they don’t succeed in losing weight. Sometimes, this is a result of a hormone named leptin. The cells in our body release leptin whose function is to balance energy levels and body weight. Hence, it passes to the blood-brain barrier and binds to receptors in the appetite center in the brain, thus signaling the brain to determine the amount of food the body requires.
Also, it raises the activity of the sympathetic nervous system and encourages the fat tissue to burn energy. However, there are cases when the body develops resistance to this hormone. Usually, this occurs when the leptin doesn’t reach its targets for appetite control or doesn’t bind receptors properly. This is often the case in obese people.
When the levels of leptin have been high for a longer period of time, the individual loses the sensitivity to it and the brain fails to obey the signals of leptin to speed up the metabolism and lower the appetite.
Let’s take look at the most common symptoms of leptin resistance:
- Weight gain
- Stress eating
- Late night eating
- High blood pressure
- Inability to lose weight
- Sugar cravings
- High triglyceride levels
- Lack of motivation
- Urge to snack after eating
- Fatigue after eating
If you want to successfully reverse leptin and insulin resistance, you need to stop consuming high dietary fat, carbohydrates, sugar, and fructose corn syrup. Moreover, your diet should include organic and whole foods and no grain carbs. You’re allowed to consume healthy fats present in avocados, coconut oil, nuts, animal fats, and butter.
Krill oil is highly recommendable as well. You need to avoid processed foods and consume more soluble fiber and protein. Workout is of crucial importance as well if you want to restore balance in the body. Also, you should get enough hours of sleep and rest.