Have you ever tried a fitness plan and given it all you’ve got, but didn’t see ANY results. If so, then you know what I’m talking about. The fact of the matter is, while self-control and reducing calories are imperative, so is preventing leptin resistance. Keep reading to learn how leptin can (or cannot) help you boost your performance and workout better.
If you workout, then you know that shedding pounds is more than just self-control and reducing calories. Although those are two very important elements of achieving your fitness goals, they are not the end all, be all. Losing weight happens to be a little more complicated than that and people who’ve been at it for a while know this!
Here’s What You Should Know About Leptin
Remember that time you consumed a very filling meal and still felt hungry afterward? I bet you do because it happens to the best of us! Well, the reason this usually happens is leptin resistance. Leptin is a hormone developed by the body’s fat cells and its main function is to alert the brain that we don’t need anything else to eat.
As an energy regulator, leptin should make sure the body functions correctly in ingesting and disbursing calories, in addition to storing fat. This system is designed to keep us from overeating and starving, but sometimes there is a flaw. Leptin does a spectacular job at keeping us from starving but doesn’t do a good job preventing us from overeating.
How Leptin Works
Following a meal, leptin is carried by the bloodstream and into the brain, where it tells the hypothalamus, whether you’re full or starving. If our body has a lot of leptin, then the brain knows we have enough fat stored. On the other hand, if we don’t have a lot of leptin, then it tells the brain that our fat storage is low and we need to eat to avoid starvation.
Leptin Can Be A Complicated Hormone
Here’s where things get sticky. If you’re trying to lose weight, boost performance, and achieve fitness goals, then leptin could possibly throw a wrench in your plans. Here’s why: if you have a lot of body fat, then you’ll have more leptin, and you’ll burn more fat. Once you begin losing weight, you’ll start losing fat and your leptin levels will decrease. Once your leptin levels start to decrease, your brain starts to think that you need to eat more!
You Can Make Leptin Work For You
The good thing is, you can make leptin work for you, but you’ve got to be ready to take action. The trick is to keep working out even if you notice that you’ve reached a plateau. Honesty, the plateau signifies that your leptin levels are low. However, in a bizarre way, it also means you’re making progress. If you want to get back on the right track, then just eat more carbohydrates, but avoid the junk food.
Once you’re able to make leptin work for you, you’ll be on your way to reaching your maximum fitness potential.