High levels of Leptin speed up your metabolism and signal your body to burn fat and low levels of Leptin slow down your metabolism and signal your body to store fat. Those are the basics, now get ready for some surprising facts regarding Women and Leptin.
Researchers recently discovered that women naturally have twice as much of the fat burning hormone Leptin in their body compared to men.
However, brand new research revealed the following bad news that explains why women can struggle so much to lose unattractive body fat and keep it off:
Women can be 3 times less responsive to Leptin’s signal to burn fat than men. This means even though women have a lot more Leptin they just aren’t using its fat burning potential. This condition is known as “Leptin Resistance”. An obvious sign of Leptin resistance is the soft, squishy, cottage-cheese looking fat found in your problem areas. However, Leptin Resistance is just 1 of 2 unique problems that kills female fat loss.
The second unique problem women face with Leptin is that when dieting, your Leptin levels can drop twice as much and twice as fast compared to when men diet. As talked about, when Leptin drops your metabolism hits the brakes and slows right down. This is exactly why you experience frustrating weight loss plateaus on diets so much faster than men.
Well that’s because your Leptin dropped significantly making your metabolism even slower than before you started the diet, resulting in fat piling back on even when you’re eating next to nothing.
Unique problem #1 you face when trying to lose weight is your “resistance” or “insensitivity” to Leptin’s signal to burn fat which is basically like having your body’s fat burning switch set to OFF.
And unique problem #2 you face is the rapid drop in your Leptin levels when you diet which slows down your metabolism substantially and leads to frustrating weight loss plateaus and massive rebound weight gain.
Fact is evolution has made it much more difficult for women to lose weight by keeping Leptin’s signal to burn fat ‘disconnected’
Because of the demands of child bearing, and child nurturing. Your body doesn’t know or care about your desires for a sexy waistline that looks hot in those skinny jeans.
All it knows is the unattractive body fat you’re carrying provides stored energy and warmth to ensure protection and survival of the next generation.
Well, they get a lot worse which is exactly why losing that baby weight can be painstakingly difficult, as my sister Lisa knew all too well.
You see, your body is hardwired to fight a losing battle with Leptin every single time you attempt to lose weight. And I’m sure you can now truly understand why this is totally not your fault… Read more…