What is leptin? In short it is a human hormone. When it is functioning in the right way, the leptin hormone will send signals to the brain to tell it that you have had enough to eat and for your body to stop storing fat.
It works in three main ways:
For those with leptin resistance the opposite is true. Even though your body is storing a tremendous amount of fat it isn’t sending the signals to your brain to say stop eating.
There are many factors that contribute to your body becoming resistant to the brain stimuli of the hormone, here are a few of the top ones:
If you have food cravings that you just can’t beat, you might be dealing with leptin resistance. This means that you will often feel hungry when you have already had enough to eat. It does not mean you don’t have enough leptin in your body, it means that your brain is not registering that you are full. This can get worse the more you eat which then results in weight gain.
Many health issues can be attributed to higher levels of the hormone. Some include obesity, fertility issues, high blood pressure and heart disease. When you address the leptin resistance you are also solving many other health issues along with losing weight.
How do I fix leptin resistance? Well, it can be complicated. There are a few variables to be considered but first you really have to KNOW what your levels ARE. Not just leptin, but insulin as well as well. These are two tests I routinely order for my clients, especially if they have excess weight to lose. Once we know your levels we know how aggressive you need to be to wrangle the two linch pin hormones under control.
If you have been struggling with your weight and really want to get to the bottom of the hormonal issues that are keeping you from living your best life then I'd love to hear from you.
Time and time again I hear people ask "why do I feel so bad when they tell me there's nothing wrong?" My goal is to help solve your health problems, to get to the bottom of things, not just symptom control but to bring about a return to good health.