Leptin is a powerful 'hunger hormone'. It is a hormone that literally switches off your appetite.
The word 'leptin' is from the Greek word leptos, which means thin. This hormone is produced in adipose tissue, which is the technical term for your body fat. Emerging research reveals this potent appetite hormone has a direct influence on your ability to lose weight.
Following a meal leptin is released from your fat and enters your blood. It travels to your brain to deliver a message that you are full. It also sends the message about how much fuel you have taken on board.
An increase in leptin warning signals leads to decreased food
intake, increased energy expenditure and fat burning which promotes
weight loss. That is a good thing!
In simple terms, leptin is an key hormone for natural weight loss as it curbs the appetite and increases metabolism.
Ongoing research reveals the amount of leptin circulating in your bloodstream is directly proportional to your total amount of adipose tissue.
Women, who tend to naturally have a higher percentage of body fat than men produce more leptin. For both men and women when they are overweight chances are they will have leptin resistance.
When you are overweight it is very likely that you have developed resistance to the action of leptin. The hunger control hormone has become less efficient at controlling your appetite and keeping your metabolism humming.
This leads to strong food cravings and weight gain. Leptin resistance also sets you up for an ongoing cycle of weight gain which is made worse by yo-yo dieting.
There is good news. If you have failed with dieting in the past, it was likely because you did not make the necessary changes to ensure leptin was doing its job. By doing so this will help you finally make lasting changes.
Junk food disrupts appetite hormone control leading you to overeat. Junk food also puts the brakes on your metabolic rate and leads to other problems that prevent you from burning off body fat effectively.
However you can reverse the eating habits that cause a hormone imbalance, and turn your body into a fat-burning machine like it was meant to be by consuming a sound nutritious diet full of unprocessed natural foods.
This should be done along with a properly designed strategic exercise program that stimulates the necessary hormonal and metabolic response within your body. Research shows regular exercise can improve leptin sensitivity
Both your food intake as well as your training program are important if you are to get this right.
Learn more about a highly successful program to help you reach your weight loss goals here with Mike Geary - Certified Personal Trainer, Certified Nutrition Specialist.
These articles are supplied by Mike Geary - author of the best-selling program: The Truth About Six Pack Abs
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