With summer right around the corner, the pressure to shed those unwanted winter pounds is upon us. For some, that is much easier said than done. Are you someone who diets and works out, but doesn’t see the results you’re wanting? If you diet, do you feel like you are always hungry?
If this sounds familiar, then you may be dealing with leptin sensitivity.
What is Leptin Sensitivity and, for that matter, Leptin?
Let’s start with leptin, a protein that’s produced by the body’s fast cells. While a variety of signals control how much we eat, the whole process begins when the brain detects your leptin levels. If the levels are normal, it shuts off the signal to store extra calories as fat. The body no longer feels like eating because the brain has told the body to stop eating.
The problem is, most overweight people have excessively high leptin levels due to leptin resistance, a process similar to the concept of insulin resistance. Essentially, the brain becomes desensitized, which makes it difficult for the body send the brain signals. This can result in food cravings and weight gain. The brain believes the body is in a famished state and tells it to continue to store fat. This sensitivity to leptin can cause the brain to believe it is in a constant state of starvation. Leptin resistance is essentially the idea that your body is obese but your brain is starving, hence the reasons people continue overeating.
How Do You Control Leptin?
Research has found that lowering leptin levels in overweight people can “reboot” your body and help with weight loss. Here are a couple of ways that you can get your body back working for you:
Suppress the appetite. You need to eat, but not everything.
Inhibit carbs from being absorbed. While carbohydrates in fruit and vegetables are good for you, others can cause your blood sugar to soar and disrupt your hormone balance. Eating too much of them can make leptin ineffective as an appetite suppressant.
Stop carbs from being converted to fat. We don’t want excess carbohydrates being converted into fat. Supplements that contain natural ingredients such as White Kidney Bean Extract have been shown to help stop carbs from eventually being converted into fat.
You’ve given your body the help it needs to control leptin, now continue to work: eat a healthy, balanced diet and exercise regularly. You’ll get that beach body in no time!