The Leptin Diet seeks to balance Leptin, which is a hormone that assists in regulating both appetite and metabolism.
Leptin was only discovered in 1994 – therefore research is only very recent.
Leptin levels are generally proportional to body fat, as leptin is released by fat cells. It is thought that many obese people may have developed leptin resistance – whereby the body fails to respond to leptin signals. This begins a cycle where more leptin is produced.
Mastering Leptin Basics
Mastering Leptin teaches dieters to blance leptin and cause it to start working again by following a prescribed eating plan.
Basically, dieters should avoid eating for 5 to 6 hours between each meal. Meals should be low in sugar and refined carbs but high in protein and fiber.
The protein and fiber will help the dieter feel fuller longer and make the fasting time easier. Dieters should also be aware of foods that “induce cravings” and avoid those types of foods.
These can be different for different people but usually these foods are high sugar, high salt, and high simple carb type foods.
After two weeks of eating in this manner the body will adjust and the Leptin diet will be much easier.
The Rosedale diet by Dr. Ron Rosedale explores dietary solutions for correcting leptin imbalances.
The Fat Resistant Diet by Leo Galland is anti-inflammatory diet that also addresses leptin.
By Mizpah Matus B.Hlth.Sc(Hons)
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