LEPTIN RESISTANCE AFTER DIETING/ IN EATING DISORDER RECOVERY

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Are you suffering from uncontrollable hunger and appetite?“

Do you feel that you could eat massive amounts of food and never feel satisfied?“

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This is what happens after a period of dieting, a history of an eating disorder, or even after a period of over exercising.

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The reason for it is our hormone Leptin. Leptin is a hormone produced in the fat stores of our body. Its main job is to signal our brain when we’re full, triggering us to stop eating. Leptin also supports our metabolism by encouraging it to work efficiently.

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Leptin travels through our blood via our circulatory system, to the appetite center in our brain. 

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There, it binds to the receptors that are responsible for making us feel hungry. This helps to drop our appetite, curbing our desire to eat. Leptin also travels through our nervous system, stimulating fatty tissue to burn off fat and calories. 

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If too much leptin builds up in our blood, we may develop leptin resistance. When this occurs, the leptin in our body no longer does its job effectively; resulting in weight gain caused by an uncontrollable hunger and appetite.

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The problem with dieting is once we start restricting our calories or cut out specific food groups (such as restricting carbohydrates), our leptin level drops. The longer we stay on a diet, the probability rises of a resistance to leptin. The thing with leptin resistance is that it is hard to reverse and usually takes time to repair our disrupted hormones. 

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When we stop dieting and start eating more calories, our hunger signals are completely out of whack since our leptin is not able to work properly. This leads us to uncontrollable binges and weight gain after dieting, over exercising, or an eating disorder.

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Youtube Video for Extreme Hunger after Dieting / in Eating Disorder Recovery.

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