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Leptin - The Little Hormone Making It So Hard to Keep the Weight Off

dr. morgan nolte leptin podcast weight loss Feb 26, 2020

Note: Reshape Physical Therapy and Wellness evolved into Weight Loss for Health, and finally Zivli. How to Lose Weight After 50 was our first course that eventually grew into Zivli. Some old blog posts or resources mentioned in this episode may have been removed. 

We know that the majority of diets don’t work. Most diets fail for long-term weight loss. Sure you may see some weight loss, but 95% of people who lose weight will regain it within 1-5 years. At Zivli, we are after long-term, sustainable weight lossIf you have been on the yo-yo diet struggle bus and you need to get off for your sanity and your health, this episode is for you.


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Highlights From This Episode

[01:34] If you haven’t already downloaded my Ultimate Food Guide, or if you did but it was a year ago, please go and download it! What you eat is the #1 factor that will determine your weight loss success and there is a bunch of crap information out there about what to eat so I want you to have the most up-do-date, science backed information about what foods to eat to lose weight for good and prevent disease. 

[04:50] If you are new to me, you may not have heard of your body set weight so I want to give you some context about this so the rest of the episode makes better sense. Your body set weight is an ideal level of body fat your body likes to maintain. It is mainly controlled by two hormones: insulin (the fat storage hormone), and leptin (the fat burning hormone).

[07:10] Let’s move onto my next point and that was to do a review of the research study I’m focusing on today. The researchers in this study knew that the majority of obese people have leptin resistance. They wanted to determine a way to measure it in a way that would be clinically useful for future weight loss research. 

[09:45] Lastly, I’m going to break down the practical implications for long-term weight loss and maintenance. Too much insulin is associated with leptin resistance. Reduction in insulin improves leptin sensitivity. Here is one of the main reasons why you see weight loss plateaus and why it’s so common to regain lost weight. When losing weight, leptin levels lower faster than insulin levels. Most weight loss programs plateau rapidly due to this rapid decline in leptin levels.

[14:59] You have to outsmart and outlast your body’s hormones when losing weight. This happens primarily through doing the right things and changing your behaviors and habits to make those right things a long-term lifestyle. To learn more about what foods are “right” to eat to lower your insulin and be healthy, go and download my Ultimate Food Guide.


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Resources From This Episode

>> Join Zivli

>> The Ultimate Food Guide

>> Research Study: Obesity, leptin resistance, and the effects of insulin reduction