Health challenges are a part of life for many people and Asian women are no different. Even if on average they have lower BMI’s than the average American. Of course, everyone has the desire to get healthy again but it is near impossible to overcome challenges without educating yourself and getting to the root of the problem.
When it comes to leptin resistance, the first step to reversing this challenge is to establish exactly what leptin actually is.
Leptin is the hormone in your body that is primarily responsible for regulating your appetite. Leptin also regulates your body weight and energy usage. It is produced by the fat cells and tissues that are found throughout the body. The major role of leptin is to keep the brain informed on the level of fat cells in the body, signaling that the body does not need to consume large amounts of food because there is energy stored already.
Your body resists leptin when the brain is unable to interpret these signals which allows overeating to occur. This makes it a challenge to lose weight because when you start to reduce calories, your body interprets that to mean that you are in “starvation mode,” thus causing hunger and reducing energy disbursement.
Luckily, there are ways to reduce and reverse leptin resistance:
1. Improve your diet
Inflammatory foods have a negative effect on how leptin works in the body. Foods that are highly processed are usually highly inflammatory, too. Cutting back on processed foods and increasing your intake of fruits and vegetables will help your body to get back on track.
Because leptin resistance can be increased by a lack of physical exercise, it make sense that exercising will help to reverse it. Lack of physical activity causes a rise in cortisol levels and exercising helps to ease that hormone, thus resulting in controlled appetite with regular fitness.
3. Reduce Stress
Being stressed out is another factor that can trigger leptin resistance through increased cortisol levels. Cortisol blocks the body’s sensitivity to leptin, making it harder, if not impossible, to be effective.
Having health challenges can make it common to live with stress in your daily life. However with these simple lifestyle changes you can get your leptin resistance under control and be on your way to living a healthier life.
Be sure to check with your doctor before making any changes to your diet or exercise regimen.