The real reason why diets fail and people are unable to lose weight.
Losing weight can be tough, especially if you’ve been trying for months… or years.
Sure, the common advice to “eat less and move more” sounds simple. But it doesn’t always work.
So, What’s Really Sabotaging Your Diet and Weight Loss?
One of the biggest reasons weight loss can feel nearly impossible is because of a lesser-known metabolic hormone that controls food intake. It’s called leptin.
You see, when we eat, leptin levels increase, triggering satiation hormones in the brain so we feel satisfied and stop eating. When we don’t eat, leptin levels decrease, triggering food cravings and hunger pangs.
Thus, when the brain is able to properly detect leptin, we are less likely to overeat, and therefore, it’s much easier to stay thin and healthy.
On the other hand, when the brain doesn’t detect this vital metabolic hormone, it is known as leptin resistance. This leads to three effects that can cause weight gain and prevent long-term weight loss, including:
- More frequent and intense cravings
- The need to eat more to feel satiated (or full)
- Slower metabolic rate (to conserve calories)
Essentially, when the brain cannot detect leptin, it thinks you are starving and don’t have enough stored fat. As a result, you can quickly gain weight to fill up those stores.
Researchers now believe leptin resistance is a primary driver of obesity and can also doom diets to failure.