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5/16/2017 0 Comments
by Dr. Matthew Chircop
Some interesting findings indicate possible strategies to increase leptin-sensitivity:
Whilst chronic high levels of leptin cause leptin resistance, any fall in leptin levels thereafter signals “starvation”, which will cause a slowing of the metabolic rate and increase hunger levels (among other effects). The strategy I would recommend, therefore, is to try and gradually reduce leptin levels as leptin-sensitivity improves (using the above strategies), to prevent significant metabolic slowing and severe hunger. It has been demonstrated that carbohydrates cause large isocaloric increases in leptin production compared to fat and protein. So, one could potentially swap some calories derived from saturated fats, and replace some of them with carbohydrate, until the hunger control has improved.
Summary of Recommendations:
To improve your hunger control and minimise the risk of triggering “starvation”:
As leptin-sensitivity improves (and weight returns to an acceptable range), the macronutrient profile of the diet could be altered such that less protein is consumed in favour of complex carbohydrates (which is not only cheaper, but potentially better for long-term hunger control - see next article in this series).
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Welcome. I am Dr Megan Chircop. I am a medical scientist and nutritionist with 20 years in medical research. As such, I have extensive knowledge and a thorough understanding of how the body works. I am able to simplify the science behind the way food fuels the body and mind to provide energy and nutrition needed to achieve optimal health and vitality. I am also a keen sportswoman, and have extensive knowledge of sports nutrition.
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