Let’s go back to Wellness Resources and the topic of Leptin Resistance. I’m so impressed with the well-thought-out information and presentation of this website that I joined their affiliate program. This so I could freely post Byron’s articles and product line on Senior Fitness.com. To that end, I’ve put up a subtopic under Weight Loss – Weight Management for Byron’s information and insights into the whole topic of weight management. More than that, the negative influence of obesity on health and longevity is so great that I now believe that we have very little chance to extend our fitness into advanced age if we haven’t brought leptin resistance under stable control.
One of my 6 Keys to senior fitness is Nutrition. Much of what I have covered under this topic relates to eating so that our bodies obtain all the nutrients necessary to build and maintain optimal health for the long term. I’m now convinced that much more attention must be paid to eating so as to foster/maintain leptin sensitivity and avoid crossing that physiological line in the sand of leptin resistance. And if that line has been crossed and we have begun to accumulate excess fat stores, nothing of lasting improvement in health and fitness will be achieved until we retake that territory and re-achieve proper leptin signaling.
Being leptin resistant condemns us to an ever-worsening battle with yo-yo dieting, a continual experience of losing fat to only put it back on with a vengeance, being always hungry and driven to eat the high-carb junk food that ratchets up the spiral of inflammation, metabolic syndrome, type 2 diabetes and the degenerative diseases now rampant in our time. Here is a brief summary of Byron’s 5 strategies for achieving leptin sensitivity and proper liver function.
The five rules of the “The Leptin Diet” are:
- Rule 1: Never eat after dinner.
- Rule 2: Eat three meals a day.
- Rule 3: Do not eat large meals.
- Rule 4: Eat a breakfast containing protein.
- Rule 5: Reduce the amount of carbohydrates eaten.
It should be clear from these rules that until you get leptin under control, you need to get used to the idea of feeling hungry for extended periods of time. Three meals, without snacking means about a 5 to 6 hour fast between meals, and going to bed hungry. Once you get the liver working properly under the direction of a properly operating leptin signaling system, the sense of being controlled by hunger abates and you really won’t think ‘food’ all the time nor feel compelled to eat. With each of these 5 Rules, comes a comprehensive explanation of what constitutes food, meal makeup and supplements that help in the process.
Byron’s site has a wealth of intelligence on the broader topic of optimizing health for the long term. We will be linking up many of his articles to take you there for the full benefit of this great site. For more on the basics of leptin and its management Read This.
Good Living – Frank