For people who struggle with obesity and weight issues, hormones are often affect their overall health. Excess body fat can cause problems with with and hormonal imbalances. Leptin is one of the hormones directly connected to the body fat and obesity.
What Is Leptin?
Leptin is a master hormone and it is in charge of all other hormones. This includes:
- Cortisol, DHEA
- Estrogen, progesterone, testosterone
- Glucose, insulin
Basically if Leptin is not getting into the cell it will cause imbalances in all these other hormones. Leptin is released from the fat cells located in adipose tissues and sends signals to the hypothalamus in the brain. The leptin hormone helps regulate and alter long term food intake and energy expenditure, not just from one meal to the next. The primary design of leptin is to help the body maintain its weight.
Because leptin comes from fat cells, leptin amounts are directly connected to the individual’s body fat. As fat increases, leptin will increase. As fat mass decreases, leptin will decrease
What is the function of Leptin?
Leptin helps inhibit hunger and regulates energy balance, so the body does not trigger hunger responses when it does not need energy. However, when levels of hormone fall, which happens when an individual loses weight, the lower levels can trigger huge increases in appetite and food cravings. This, in turn, can make weight loss more difficult.
Could I be Leptin Resistant?
Many people are Leptin Resistant and are unaware. This gets missed in conventional medicine. When the body is functioning properly, excess fat cells will produce leptin, which will trigger the hypothalamus to lower the appetite, allowing the body to dip into the fat stores to feed itself. Unfortunately, when someone is obese, that individual will have too much leptin in the blood. This can cause a lack of sensitivity to the hormone, a condition known as leptin resistance. Because the individual keeps eating, the fat cells produce more leptin to signal the feeling of satiety, leading to increased leptin levels.
By midnight, Leptin needs to get into your cells to signal that your body needs to release fat. Typically you will release 40% of fat during 12 pm and 6 am. With Leptin Resistance, the signal is to store fat.
If you have a family history of heart disease, alcoholism, obesity or diabetes these are risk factors for you developing Leptin Resistance,
Questions to ask yourself:
- Have you been a YoYo Dieter?
- Are you a meal skipper?
- Do you have a truck driver appetite?
- Do you like to eat after dinner?
- Do you have a hard time controlling portions? Or feeling satisfied?
- Is your sleep interrupted?
- Do you tend to snack a lot?
You can take our leptin quiz located in our forms section.
Once Leptin is under control this creates hormonal balance in all areas.
Nuview Nutrition LLC will customize a plan for you addressing your underlying issues. We use the design of the body to heal, and by giving your body the right environment, it can heal itself.