Is Leptin the King Hormone?
Hormones in your body are the energy managers, and leptin is in the drivers seat playing a major role regarding hunger and appetite. It is a protein made up of 167 amino acids and is one of the most important hormones derived from adipose tissue. The word leptin originated from the Greek word leptos which translates to “thin”.
What Does Leptin Do?
The simple explanation… leptin is the hormone that says ‘”enough already… I’m full”. It acts on the brain and is connected with body weight and the regulating of food intake. Leptin circulates in the bloodstream while delivering essential messages to the brain for our energy storage, and this is how it manages the appetite and metabolism.
Fat tissue is responsible for producing the leptin hormone. You might think an overweight person, who has more leptin to send the “full” signal to their body, would feel satisfied and have normal weight.
Unfortunately, if they have a leptin hormone imbalance, that may not be the case. Sadly, with a compromised metabolic and endocrine system, it is more difficult and involved; and the leptin hormone is not able to complete its mission of producing a feeling of fullness with the signals it sends.
When leptin is functioning as it should, it becomes much easiser to resist being tempted, and we are more likely to avoid most of those the foods we really should not be eating! From my own experiences, when I’m on the right track with healthy eating, I CRAVE healthy food… not junk food.
Have You Heard of Leptin Resistance?
Leptin is directly linked to insulin levels. The body perceives leptin resistance as starvation which ends up activating multiple mechanisms to increase fat stores as opposed to burning excess fat.
The body does its job and releases leptin as it should, but the brain does not respond to the leptin trigger as it should. Simply put, the brain does not receive the signal that the stomach is full so appetite is not curbed. This condition is characterized by obesity, blood-sugar issues, high blood pressure, stroke and heart disease.
Signs of leptin resistance can include having difficulty sticking to healthier eating habits, losing weight and difficulty recovering from a health issue. Leptin resistance is a complex situation involving the endocrine system.
The good news is that you can make lasting changes; however, it is going to require more than will power and counting your calories. Many obese individuals have endocrine issues or a damaged metabolism which needs to be addressed by medical professionals… but you can start taking some positive steps now with healthier eating habits.
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