Leptin Resistance and Obesity…is this the problem in losing weight? What can we do about it?

There was a study that came out recently.  In a nutshell:  Research subjects were then given diets intended to maintain their weight loss. A year after the subjects had lost the weight, the researchers repeated their measurements. The subjects were gaining the weight back despite the maintenance diet — on average, gaining back half of what they had lost — and the hormone levels offered a possible explanation.  Their hormones were working against them!

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One hormone, leptin, which tells the brain how much body fat is present, fell by two-thirds immediately after the subjects lost weight. When leptin falls, appetite increases and metabolism slows. A year after the weight loss diet, leptin levels were still one-third lower than they were at the start of the study, and leptin levels increased as subjects regained their weight.

Other hormones that stimulate hunger, in particular ghrelin, whose levels increased, and peptide YY, whose levels decreased, were also changed a year later in a way that made the subjects’ appetites stronger than at the start of the study.

It was determined that the dieters are putting their bodies into a circumstance that it will resist.

A solution might be to restore hormones to normal levels by giving drugs after dieters lose weight. But, researchers just do not know enough about obesity to prescribe solutions.  GREAT!??!

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/27/health/biological-changes-thwart-weight-loss-efforts-study-finds.html?_r=0

SO, what do we do?

Dr. Mercola (well-known writer/doctor) writes about Leptin resistance.  http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2012/10/29/leptin-resistance.aspx

Dr. Mercola’s Leptin Resistance Summary

Insulin and leptin resistance are core factors in obesity, which in turn is a risk factor for cancer and may boost tumor growth. But the answer lies not in a pill. To reverse insulin and leptin resistance:

  • Avoid, sugar, fructose, grains, and processed foods
  • Eat a healthful diet of whole foods, ideally organic, and replace the grain carbs with:
    • No-to-low sugar and grain carbs
    • Low-to-moderate amount of protein 
    • As much highly quality healthful fat as you want (saturated and monosaturated). Most people need upwards of 50-70 percent fats in their diet for optimal health. Good sources include coconut and coconut oil, avocados, butter, nuts, and animal fats. Also take a high-quality source of animal-based omega-3 fat, such as krill oil

Similarly, while researchers investigate the pharmaceutical avenues to convert white fat cells to brown in an effort to reduce the potential for cancer growth, other research has already shown that this can likely be achieved through exercise.

80 percent of the health benefits you reap from a healthy lifestyle comes from your diet, and the remaining 20 percent from exercise – but it’s a very important 20 percent, as it acts in tandem with and boosts the benefits derived from a proper diet. For maximum benefits, you’ll want to make sure to include high-intensity interval training.

Can you take leptin or supplements to stimulate leptin to help?  There is no proof of it helping, except in very rare cases.  The suggestions are rather than taking supplements that haven’t been fully proven to help, overweight people have other options to aid leptin functioning.  So therefore, you have to reduce resistance to insulin (a hormone that controls blood sugar) and to bring down high levels of triglycerides (a blood lipid).

Insulin resistance generates leptin resistance. The practical advice is: Get your insulin down by cutting the sugar down, and your insulin resistance would improve and that would help with the weight loss.

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So, we are back to sugar again as the enemy.  CUT OUT SUGAR AND cut down on UNHEALTHY carbs.  Stick with only natural healthy carbs! And watch the amount of fruit you eat.  Fruit has fructose (sugar).

Can I eat popcorn?

A reader was kind enough to write to me about my snacking on nuts issue and revealed her snacking on popcorn issue.  I want to blog my response.

(Corn is not part of my low-carb diet)

I have stopped all nuts for now and only get nuts in my protein bars. If/when I return, I will have to measure and put in bags and only allow myself one of those bags a day. You have to measure and prepare.

Now, as far as my opinion of popcorn. I haven’t had popcorn in years and I loved popcorn. It is the same as chips. If you put out popcorn for mindless TV eating, you will just gorge on it. The best thing to do for TV viewing is cut up veggies (broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, etc) and a humus dip. You get full on veggies fast and you won’t eat as much as you would think. You could also do celery and peanut butter on them, but only put out a counted out amount.

Popcorn is 6g of carbs per cup. That is not a lot of popcorn really. So, by the time you are done eating it, you are eating a lot of carbs.

But, here is my biggest issue with popcorn. It is made from corn. There are three products that are horribly modified by Monsanto–corn, cotton and soybeans. I don’t eat soybeans and I don’t eat corn anymore–ever. If you like poisoning yourself with corn, the same corn that other countries will NOT buy from the United States because the effects of our corn on our bodies is similar to DDT, then you can eat it. But, I have had enough health issues to stay far away, no matter how good it tastes. Think of it like anti-freeze for dogs. Tastes sweet to them, but it will kill them.

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Here is a link by Dr. Mercola about corn products. I hope you will choose to stay away from it because you don’t realize that you are poisoning yourself and your husband with it. And stick with vegetables or have a measured out amount of Smart Carb Ice Cream…or you can Google Jorge Cruise’s 2 minute no sugar chocolate cake and have some of that.

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2013/04/30/monsanto-gmo-corn.aspx

Try to learn not to associate food with the game. You have conditioned yourselves to eat with football. Learn a new way. Keep your fingers busy with sewing or play on your IPAD like I do. Eat before the game and then you won’t be hungry. Snack on protein before the game. But, please, stay away from the poison–I mean the popcorn.

AND IF YOU WANT TO CHANCE HAVING AN AUTISTIC KID, EAT THINGS WITH POISON IN THEM LIKE POPCORN AND APPLES.

http://www.ageofautism.com/2012/09/age-of-autism-weekly-wrap-poison-apples-polio-popcorn.html