You must control your Leptin hormone in your battle to lose body fat and put one more hormone on your side. People are unknowingly fighting a losing battle with leptin every time they attempt to lose weight.
Your body depends on high levels of leptin and sensitive leptin receptors to burn fat.
Anytime you go on a diet and reduce your calorie intake, leptin levels plummet and fat burning is dramatically reduced. Because leptin’s main function is to protect your body against starvation, and in the midst of decreased food intake (i.e. dieting), your body unfortunately views your stored body fat as a huge asset to survival. After all, body fat provides a vast supply of stored energy and warmth, both highly-valued resources when food is in short supply.
You see, when you go on a diet, your body isn’t aware of your hopes for a slim, tight waistline or your desire to drop 20 lbs in time for your high school reunion or summer beach season. In fact, the only thing it does know is that your calorie intake is now low and to your brain, that is a red flag.
The result: reduced leptin levels and dramatically decreased fat burning.
In fact, research has shown that leptin levels drop by as much as 50% after just 7 days of dieting and it only gets worse with each passing day. Hello weight loss plateaus, can you relate?
And if that wasn’t bad enough, with every pound you do manage to lose, leptin levels fall even further, making it even more difficult for you to continue to lose fat.
No amount of exercise will correct your problem. Only by balancing your fat loss hormones will you get back to losing fat and getting the body you want.
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