You’re cutting calories and trying to lose weight by eating less than before, but you’re still not seeing any results? Well, the main culprit for that is “leptin”, the hormone responsible for balancing our energy levels and our body weight. Leptin sends signals to the brain, “telling” it weather to stop or continue eating.
Leptin is created in fat cells, so the more fat you have, the higher the levels of this hormone. More leptin in the blood means more signals to stop eating, which also means that overweight people should eat less than underweight people. But, in reality, they are consuming more and more calories every day!
The problem is that overweight people have developed leptin resistance (the brain doesn’t recognize the leptin in your blood), which makes the body want more food even when you’ve had enough. This eventually leads to more fat gain.
There are several causes of leptin malfunction, but probably the main one is not eating enough or trying out a new “fad” diet every second week.
Picture this: you’re consuming less and less calories every day in order to lose weight fast. The less you eat, the more your leptin levels are decreasing. Not enough leptin means not enough signals, and your brain thinks you’re starving. If you keep doing that every day, the brain will basically start protecting your body from further starvation by storing all foods as FAT! The end result – fat gain instead of fat loss. This is the famous “yo-yo” effect of diets.
That is why you should eat more healthy and nutritious foods, work out at least 3-4 hours per week and avoid foods rich in sugar, trans-fats, high fructose corn syrup and refined carbs. It may take more time to hit your goal weight, but at least you won’t gain it back.