What does your doctor know about Leptin?
What has your doctor told you regarding the best way to lose weight?
What does Leptin have to do with you successfully achieving your weight loss goals?
Stick with me and I will break it down for you?
Before I begin I want to get this question answered from one of our subscribers that I get asked all the time from others.
It also relates to our topic today which is about your weight loss hormone Leptin.
Question: What about “cheat days”? I have heard a lot about them lately, but doesn’t that just add to the amount of fat you already have to lose? For a diet to really work do you have to have those cheat days?
I have answered this question in a video below. It is only about 1 minute in length and then I will explain why your doctor doesn’t tell you about this hormone Leptin and how you can control it to achieve successful weight loss.
Take a quick look at my answer to this question about “cheat days”.
Leptin is a pretty important hormone isn’t it?
So as you just watched restricting your calories too much does not help you lose weight. It can actually bring your weight loss to a halt.
Because of that dang hormone called Leptin.
It can make or break you from reaching your goals.
Most don’t understand how important this hormone is or how to control it so that you can lose weight. Many doctors don’t even understand it because they are focusing their attention on treating illness and disease.
Here is what you can do to control your Leptin hormone and keep your weight loss from coming to a grinding halt.
1. Allow 11-12 hours between your last meal (ex: dinner) and breakfast.
Your bodies Leptin levels are highest at night so there is not a desire to have to replenish it with more food. Leptin is also stimulating many important functions within your body with one of these being the repair process of your muscles, etc.
The downside to having your Leptin levels highest at night is it creates a strong urge for you to snack or eat even when you know you are not hungry or don’t need the calories.
That is pretty crappy isn’t it?
Your brain tends to send a misguided signal when your leptin levels are at their highest telling you to eat when in reality that is the last thing you need. Your body is already using stored fat and carb calories for energy which is what you want it to do so you lose weight. Don’t feed it more calories it doesn’t need.
Yet despite your knowledge that you don’t need to snack on anything that signal from your brain can be so powerful that you give in to temptation even though you know it is wrong?
Have you ever felt this way at night snacking on something you know you don’t need?
Make every effort to fight these late night snack desires and condition your brain to stop sending these signals.
It is easier said than done I know.
From working with hundreds of clients I know this can be one of the hardest things to do.
If you give in try having carrot or celery sticks available to snack on which are very low calorie, fibrous and will in turn trick your brain into thinking you are eating.
You are adding substance to your stomach, but in reality you are only eating about 25 calories.
Turn the tables on your brain and its mis-guided signals.
2. Avoid eating large meals
Make sure you take the time for your brain to recognize that it has food in your stomach. This is the best way to avoid over eating or stuffing yourself. Allow a good 20 minutes during dinner as this allows your brain to recognize how much you have eaten and can tell you to stop before you are full.
I am sure you have eaten a meal before and 10 minutes after finishing you get that stuffed feeling, right?
Well, that is your brain just then recognizing that you have had plenty to eat and it is telling you to stop.
It is too late though isn’t it?
The damage is done…
Give your brain time to send the proper signals this time so you control your caloric intake.
3. Eat a breakfast that is high in protein.
If you are middle aged to older this tip becomes very important.
Your metabolism can rev up by 20-30% for up to 5 hours after a high protein meal. If you struggle with cravings during the day, at night or struggle with controlling your weight then eating higher protein levels at your other meals should be a priority as well.
Not only will it help to control your cravings, but it also boosts your metabolism 20-30% throughout the day.
I know you would love to have your metabolism boosted by 20-30%, right?
4. Eat less carbohydrates throughout the day.
When you eat too many carbohydrates your body doesn’t need to rely on stored fat or carbohydrates. It just keeps storing and packing them away as pounds around your waistline.
You do need carbohydrates though for your body to function at its best. Just not too many.
The best way to eat less carbohydrates and also keep your leptin levels from dipping too low is by cycling your carbohydrates.
This allows your body to use the stored fat and carbs it has for energy (aka: burn calories and lose weight).
When you cycle your carbohydrates you also allow your body to reset your leptin hormone levels on the higher carbohydrate days and use up your stored calories (burn fat) on the lower carb days.
It is the best of both worlds when it comes to losing weight.
Implement these tips in controlling your Leptin hormone (weight loss hormone) and you will see much faster success in achieving your weight loss goals.
Include the tips above along with some flexible carb cycling and you will see even greater results and be making significant lifestyle changes.