Leptin, one of many hormones in the human body, acts like a hunger detector. It tells your brain to find food fast in order to prevent starvation. Your body can keep on sending these signals even when you have ingested the correct number and type of calories for your body weight, age, and nutritional needs when leptin transport is interrupted by poor health. If leptin signals are unsuccessfully communicated to the brain, a woman might not burn fat even though she is eating less food. That’s one reason much of the weight a woman burns in the first days of a diet is made up of water. Her body is hoarding fat against upcoming lean days it anticipates. Her brain needs to adapt to dramatic changes in diet and lifestyle.
Leptin and Insulin
Insulin is released by the pancreas to take blood sugar everywhere it needs to go: your brain, muscles, organs, and so on. Here blood sugar is converted to energy. An excessive amount of blood sugar is stored as fat.
When your body receives enough sugar, thanks to insulin’s handiwork, leptin is also released from fat cells to the brain indicating you have had enough for dinner. Eating any food will release insulin but the pancreas releases more of it if you eat a lot of sugar or simple carbohydrates because there is a lot of sugar to move around. Eventually, your body knows it has had enough sugar: the energy is not being used anymore to help your system function. That’s when you gain weight.
This is also the time when leptin can’t get to your brain properly. Too much blood sugar leads to interference: you have eaten enough but your brain doesn’t know it and now you want more food. A healthy body doesn’t get mixed up like this. The brain calls for food when energy is truly needed.
Type 2 Diabetes
Many people in North America suffer from a disease known as Type 2 Diabetes. In most cases this is a dietary problem triggered by unhealthy eating habits. Constant insulin release leads to insulin rejection and the body doesn’t know what to do with sugar anymore. Associated problems like high blood pressure, obesity, and heart trouble kick in. The tragedy is that obese individuals are trapped in a cycle of constant hunger in spite of their condition and will die if they don’t stop eating so much.
Have Patience with Hunger
It takes time to readjust your hormone levels. What you need is a weight control counselor; someone who can provide techniques for overcoming hunger pangs, especially at night or when you are alone. Learn how to resist unhealthy food and discover how to prepare good meals that will make you feel full. Explore the art and joy of making healthy dishes and experience satisfaction in knowing you made these meals from scratch.
Your hormones will level out as you start to burn the fat that was waiting for starvation day. Insulin will return, but at healthier levels. Leptin will get to its final destination on time without you having to take injections of insulin.