Leptin Resistance and Weight Gain

Written by Veronica Yoo

Leptin resistance is a condition that occurs when the body becomes less responsive to the hormone leptin. Leptin is produced by fat cells and plays a crucial role in regulating appetite and energy balance. When leptin levels increase, it signals to the brain that the body has enough stored fat, which should lead to a decrease in appetite and an increase in energy expenditure.

However, in cases of leptin resistance, the brain does not adequately respond to the signals of leptin, even when leptin levels are high. As a result, the brain does not receive the message that the body has enough stored fat, leading to increased appetite and reduced energy expenditure. This can contribute to weight gain and difficulty in losing weight.

Leptin resistance can be caused by various factors, including genetics, chronic inflammation, high levels of free fatty acids in the blood, and certain lifestyle factors such as a diet high in processed foods and a sedentary lifestyle. Overeating, particularly a diet high in calories and unhealthy fats, can also contribute to the development of leptin resistance.

When leptin resistance occurs, it creates a cycle where the body keeps producing more leptin in an attempt to regulate appetite and energy balance. However, since the brain is not responding properly to leptin, the increased levels do not effectively suppress appetite or increase energy expenditure. This can lead to further weight gain and the development of obesity.

It’s important to note that while leptin resistance may contribute to weight gain, it is not the sole cause of obesity. Obesity is a complex condition influenced by a combination of genetic, environmental, and behavioral factors. Addressing leptin resistance alone may not be sufficient to overcome obesity, and a comprehensive approach that includes a healthy diet, regular physical activity, and other lifestyle modifications is usually recommended.

If you suspect you may have leptin resistance or are struggling with weight gain, it is best to consult with a healthcare professional who can evaluate your individual situation and provide appropriate guidance and treatment options.

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Veronica Yoo

Veronica is dedicated and experienced nutritionist and certified health coach who specializes in functional medicine, She's a published author, nutritional instructor, WBFF professional figure athlete, and both the brains and beauty behind all that Makeover Nutrition offers.

Veronica is also the President & CEO of a BC based health and wellness association; Pacific Alliance of Body Care.