Weight gain and weight loss is all up to your brain. That sounds like a bunch of bull to me – emotions, stress and naturally craving fatty foods is the culprit. But I just found out that it’s true, but with a twist…
The brain makes the executive decision on whether you should eat or not eat. Leptin is a protein, a hormone, made in the fat cells. It circulates in the bloodstream, and goes to the hypothalamus in the brain. In the brain, Leptin signals that you are not hungry. Leptin decreases appetite.
Ghrelin (looks like “gremlin” to me – adequately named :) ) is released by the stomach and again travels to the brain to signal hunger. Ghrelin increases appetite. Basically, for weight loss — the more leptin the better. If your leptin signaling is working properly, an increase in food intake causes leptin to tell the hypothalamus in your brain that there is plenty of energy available and that you can stop feeling hungry and your body can stop storing fat.
BUT... If your body is exposed to too much leptin over time, you may become leptin resistant. In people with leptin resistance, leptin levels are high, but the hormone cannot reach the hypothalamus. As a result, your brain thinks your leptin levels are low and that you may be hungry. It then begins to send signals to the body to increase food intake and store fat, which in turn leads to weight gain.
Knowing all this made me conscious, and I think twice and three times before eating anything – do I really need it. And because I pause, my emotions don’t get the best of me and I am eating in a more conscious way. I’m eating less food, too!
Ways to work on weight management.
Turmeric is A Boon for People with Leptin Resistance: Hi-Health Formula
In a study published in the journal Hepatology, administration of curcumin was found to significantly improve both insulin sensitivity and leptin sensitivity. In yet another study, published in the European Journal of Nutrition, a team of researchers investigated the role of curcumin in obesity and metabolic diseases. They found that curcumin downregulates leptin and upregulates adiponectin, a beneficial protein hormone that modulates a number of metabolic processes including glucose regulation and fatty acid oxidation. Based on these and other findings, the researchers concluded that curcumin might hold promise as a treatment for obesity-related chronic diseases.
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