Hormones released by your body are one of the primary ways that parts of your body communicate with your brain. While we most quickly associate hormones with the changes in our body during puberty or menopause, they come in many different types and categories and are a constant throughout our lives. Understanding how hormones work and interact with the body has become a key way for us to increase how quickly we lose fat, keep it off and create many other improvements to overall health.
Whenever you do something, be it eating, sleeping, exercising, or just sitting around, your body is providing your brain with updates. Your brain acts accordingly, releasing other hormones that might make you sleepy around bedtime or feel full after eating. Of particular interest to maintaining a healthy diet and lifestyle are the hormones insulin and leptin.
Insulin and Insulin Efficiency are some of the most important aspects of maintaining the proper weight and many other aspects of complete health.
Leptin has its own purposes, including how it interacts with insulin. Our brains use leptin levels in the bloodstream to determine whether we’ve eaten enough food. When the brain detects leptin, we feel more satisfied. However, when the brain doesn’t, especially when it’s blocked by too much insulin, we stay hungry, leading to overeating and added weight gain.
One study out of Monash University and published in the journal Cell has concluded that insulin and leptin both play a part in how much energy is stored as fat and how quickly fat is burned. Our bodies actually have two types of fat: White fat is the stored energy sort that can build up into beer bellies, love handles and so on. Another type of fat, brown fat, is more metabolically active (meaning it encourages our bodies to burn more calories) and also helps cut back on how much energy actually becomes fat in the first place.
Other studies have shown that the creation of brown fat can be increased by exercise, even causing our bodies to convert white fat into brown. The study in Cell shows how insulin and leptin can also cause this effect.
According to lead researcher Professor Tony Tiganis, “Eventually, we think we may be able to help people lose weight by targeting these two enzymes. Turning white fat into brown fat is a very exciting new approach to developing weight loss agents.”
Don’t get too excited about this type of weight-loss treatment yet, though. As Tiganis says, “But it is not an easy task, and any potential therapy is a long way off.”
In the meantime, there are plenty of ways to improve your Insulin Efficiency and the levels of leptin in your body. Olumia Life creates plans tailor-made to your age, weight, etc., to take advantage of our knowledge of the hormones and systems in the body, thereby maximizing the results you get from a healthy lifestyle.
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