Your stomach, GI tract, and fat cells secrete a variety of fullness hormones, but the most important of all is LEPTIN. Eric Braverman, MD, and his team at PATH have utilized the power of leptin and its role in metabolic optimization and retraining the appetite/hunger switch!
Leptin is a hormone secreted by the body that acts on the hypothalamus of the brain, which controls hunger and body weight. Here’s how leptin works: Your fat cells have internal sensors that tell them to fill up. As more fat enters a fat cell, that cell secretes leptin. Leptin’s role in the body is to produce feelings of satiety after meals. However, if leptin isn’t around or the signal isn’t being received, then your hunger/appetite switch gets turned off, and you continue to accumulate fat.
Your body can become resistant to the action of leptin, much like insulin resistance that is seen in persons before developing type II diabetes.
While obese people do have high levels of leptin circulating in their body, the leptin isn’t active where it needs to be – the hypothalamus. Instead, they seem to have developed a form of leptin resistance, where the brain leptin receptors are no longer receptive to the leptin which is present.
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Obese rats initially respond to leptin injections by losing weight, but after three days the weight loss stops! The excess leptin is not getting to their brains, or their brain cells are not responding to leptin’s message. This sets off cascade of biochemistry reactions; resulting in other fullness hormones (such as dopamine, cholecystokinin, glucagon-like peptide and peptide YY) to become ineffective too. What does this mean for you? Well, it takes an increase in the amount of fullness hormones to induce the sensation of fullness. Furthermore, the sensation of fullness you do experience is milder than usual, so it doesn’t always persuade you to stop eating. Eventually you still feel hungry, even though you have just eaten, or you may never feel truly hungry, but you also never feel full either – you continually graze on and on, with no signals to suppress your food intake.
Interestingly, we have also found excess inflammation as a result of leptin resistance from high leptin levels. Leptin has been associated with the inflammation that causes heart disease, as well as just about every other lifestyle disease!
On the other side is an overview of the latest cutting-edge scientifically proven top strategies that Eric Braverman, MD, recommends in preventing and managing leptin resistance!
Dr. Braverman’s Leptin EMERGENCY Program…
The Leptin EMERGENCY program
Start every morning with 1-2 mugs of Dr. Braverman’s high-potency Jasmine green tea w. lemon (available via www.totalhealthnutrient.com). Catechines in green and black tea inhibit fat absorption. L-theanine in green tea optimizes GABA and calms your central nervous system -> Lowers cortisol
Top 5 Diet Strategies
Top 5 Snack Ideas
Top 5 Foods
Remember to take your medications as these will help kick-start your body into fat-burning gear, enabling you to utilize and respond to the nutrients and nutritional strategies faster!
Eric R. Braverman, M.D.
Dr. Braverman is a Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Brandeis University and NYU Medical School, did brain research at Harvard Medical School, and trained at an affiliate of Yale Medical School. He is acknowledged worldwide as an expert in brain-based diagnosis and treatment, and he lectures to and trains doctors in anti-aging medicine.