How Hormones Control Your Weight: Leptin Resistance

Leptin ResistanceLeptin is a hormone created by the fat cells in the body which functions as a control to appetite and hunger sensations. It controls our tendency to eat more or to eat less by telling the brain that it has enough food, so the brain stops the craving for more. As a result, the individual does not eat more than needed and does not become overweight. This is the primary premise behind the ultra popular online diet called The Venus Factor.

Leptin is carried by the bloodstream and into the brain and sends a signal to the brain area that controls when and how much we eat. The leptin also tells the brain how much body fat is in the body. Lots of leptin signal the brain that there is plenty of fat stored, while low-level signals that fat stored is low and that there’s a need to eat to avoid starvation.

What is Leptin Resistance?

The function of leptin is to tell the brain that the body doesn’t need to eat some more and that it can burn calories at a normal rate. This way, leptin regulates our eating and our appetite.

However, sometimes the leptin in the blood does not work, which causes us to have no control over the amount of food to eat. The brain is not getting any message from leptin that it already has enough fat; it has developed a resistance to leptin.

There is really no known specific reason why leptin resistance happens. Maybe the amount of leptin in the body is not enough to reach the brains. Or maybe the leptin receptor in the brain is not working properly and is not receiving the messages. When the brain doesn’t receive the leptin signal, it thinks that the body is hungry, even though the person has just eaten. It thinks that you need to conserve energy, so it makes you feel lethargic resulting in fewer calories burned. Thus weight gain is not always because you eat more and exercise less, it is the outcome of leptin resistance, a defect of the hormones.

How can we fight leptin resistance?

Leptin resistance is a complicated problem, but it’s not permanent. These are some of the things you can do:

  • Avoiding processed food
  • Eating Soluble Fiber
  • Exercising
  • Getting enough sleep
  • Lowering our triglycerides
  • Eating plenty of protein

If you want to make lasting health changes or lose weight and keep it off, you have to fix your leptin. To make your leptin work, you have to do the same things that are generally associated with good health.



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4 Surprising Facts About P90X

p90x factsThe P90x workout has become one of the most popular and challenging at-home fitness workouts since its initial breakthrough in late 2000. The original P90x workout program asks exercisers to work out for six days each week for ninety days in order to achieve their fitness goals, but did you know these four surprising facts about P90x?

#1 – It Started as an Infomercial

The P90x workout program started as an infomercial that was marketed in ads over the television. Trainer Tony Horton devised the program with three different versions: P90x Classic, P90X2 and P90X3. As the program became more popular, the DVD started being sold online through BeachBody, the parent company of P90x. As of 2015, there are a total of eight programs associated with the P90x name including P90, Power 90, Power 90 Master Series, P90x, P90x2, P90x3, P90X+ and P90X one on one.

#2 – P90X Uses Planned Variation, Not Muscle Confusion

Muscle confusion is a term frequently used in the P90x workout program, however, muscle confusion simply involves a random varying of exercises. P90x actually uses planned variation, which is a methodical plan to change exercises with a focus on increasing or maintaining the prior intensity level of the exercise.

#3 – You Must Follow the Nutrition Program

The P90x workout is so intense that many exercisers think that they can avoid the nutrition program provided. Not so. When exercisers choose to ignore the nutritional aspect of the program, they are far less likely to find success. While the P90x program challenges muscles and burns fat, the nutritional aspect of the program is what limits the caloric intake in order to lose weight.

#4 – Seven Days of Workouts Is Too Much

Scientists agree that even the most successful athletes need one complete rest day each week. For the average person, it may be necessary to have two days of relaxation. Forcing the body to follow such a stringent workout routine is likely to lead to injury in people who do not have any prior experience working out. It is recommended that beginners try a gentler program or start with a general conditioning program before jumping into P90x.