I am not saying that taking leptin supplements will help you keep off the weight. This will only work so long as you are taking them. You don’t want to be dependent on a supplement to prevent you from regaining weight.
The poor little mouse pictured above has leptin insensitivity.
The good news is that it will stabilize, after time. One trick that I have read, but can’t find any research to support it, is that if you eat one good fatty meal a week, your leptin levels will spike and your body will think that you are still “in the good” with your fat levels. I will definitely look more into it. The point is weight loss is only half the challenge. Maintaining weight loss is often just as difficult because you body says, “noooooo”.
Here were some suggestions they gave to help relieve stress during the dieting rut:
“Meditating for 10 to 30 minutes a day to help normalize Cortisol levels and boost levels of the appetite-suppressing hormone serotonin.
To relax your body and keep your digestive system cleansed, try 250 milligrams of magnesium daily.
Or take 500 to 1,000 milligrams of gamma aminobutyric acid (GABA) an hour before bed.
While studies are scarce, some animal trials and small human trials have shown the amino acid to both ease anxiety and promote fat loss.”
Most people are not aware that they are actually sabotaging their weight loss by stressing over it. It’s actually quite the opposite of what should be done in order to keep progressing. Think of the rut as a waiting period. During the waiting period, your body is still trying to convince itself that you are “starving”. Your body has been progressively slowing down your metabolism up to this point. Now you are waiting for it to sort of reset and decide that it is okay after all. Eventually your metabolism will begin to speed up and weight loss can proceed.
Doing some sort of exercise every day is very beneficial, as is doing affirming meditations. Decide what you want your new “set-point” to be for your weight. Every day, tell yourself that this is where your body should be. Relax, breathe deep, and try to meditate on reaching your set-point. Decide how you will achieve this goal and think about how happy it is to reach it. Don’t put any expectation toward it, just envision it as though it has already happened.
What is the most important thing to learn from this?
Muscle mass is your best friend.
1 lb of muscle burns about 6 calories a day at rest.
1 lb of fat, on the other hand, burns only 2 calories a day at rest.
That’s 3 times more fat burning for the 1 lb exchange.
In other words, put on some muscle and you willlose weight.
Don’t get discouraged! That’s the opposite of what you should do, remember!?