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Old 05-29-2014, 05:56 AM   #1
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Leptin Reset

just wondering about it. I have been reading thru the other plans and noticed a few times this popped up.

I researched a bit....but there are just 'some rules'. kinda no list of desired foods. I 'figure' it is eat clean and fresh and no junk/packaged/fake etc.

you know, a good old fashioned eating style being geared toward low carb.

does anyone have more info on this leptin reset or is doing something like this. any advice would be appreciated. thanks
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Old 05-30-2014, 05:20 AM   #2
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I honestly don't think there's anything to this 'leptin reset'--but I'm no scientist, and I could be wrong.

I'm basing my opinion on an MD (obesity specialist) who was on a local TV health program some years ago when the scientific community first became interested in leptin. This doctor initially reported that they hoped to develop some Rx that would help the obese deal with the leptin issue--which they considered important for appetite,etc.

About a year later, the same doctor reported that they'd abandoned the research once they realized that the only way to affect leptin levels was to develop some way to cross the blood/brain barrier--a very difficult issue that is only used for very serious problems--like malignant brain tumors. That is, trying to affect the body's leptin levels was too dangerous, and any procedure would be very, very risky.

The recent internet interest in leptin is not based on any science that I can see.
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Old 05-31-2014, 08:43 PM   #3
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I've not done it. You can find large groups of those who have at a few message boards. One is the main primal board. Guy's name + a fruit. Things are for sale there so I guess I cannot link. There's also an interesting place of Kruse defectors to be found if you google optimal health cave. Nothing for sale there.
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Old 06-10-2014, 08:39 AM   #4
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I tried one of the less intensive leptin reset programmes and I think that it helped me develop a healthy eating pattern (no snacking, meals 5 hours apart at least), but I didn't notice that it had any particular effect on my health or weight.
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I tried one of the leptin reset programs and couldn't get past the giant breakfast they want you to eat. I'm not much of a breakfast eater and it didn't make me want to eat any less the rest of the day.

I read something somewhere the other day (sorry, I know that isn't much help if you want to follow-up) that they somehow figured out to get overweight people more leptin, but found they were resistant to it. So, lack of leptin wasn't the real problem, it was being unable to use what they had. They compared it to being insulin resistant.
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Old 07-06-2014, 01:42 PM   #6
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also read a LOT about it but dont know where the real difference to Low carb is.. guess its the same and dont think the leptin resistance just disappears without low carb
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Old 07-17-2014, 05:52 AM   #7
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Trying the leptin diet

Hi all, I just started the Leptin Diet 2 days ago after reading the book. I did HCG last year with great success, then gained all but a few pounds (of the 25 I'd lost) back eventually. I was going to do another round of it recently, but read some posts somewhere else by people who had really messed up metabolisms and were convinced it was their HCG experience. So, I panicked and stopped the HCG drops after 2 days and wanted to try a more balanced approach. I'm not knocking the HCG, I just felt I needed another way to gain control of my eating and relationship with food this time around. By the way, this forum was very helpful to me during my HCG time. Maybe had I stayed connected I would have had more success during maintenance. Anyway...

I came across the leptin diet and the discussion on how the hormones work together to keep the body functioning properly made sense to me. I have been fueling my body on too much sugar and eating way too much food. The simplicity of the plan is hard to beat. Here are the 5 Rules for the Leptin Diet:
1. Never Eat after Dinner, allowing 11-12 hours between dinner and breakfast.
2. Eat 3 meals a day, NO SNACKS! Allow 5-6 hours between meals, which gives your liver and hormones a chance to actually process the food as it was intended. Snacking just keeps the body confused and leads to excess insulin etc.
3. Do not eat large meals. Finish the meal when you are slightly less than full. An overweight, leptin resistant person may not be receiving a "full" signal until they have consumed more food than their body can process, and the excess calories that cannot be processed will be stored as fat. (Bummer!)
4. Eat a breakfast containing protein. Protein gets the metabolism cranked up and gives you energy and keeps you feeling full for longer, so you can make it to lunch without needing a snack.
5. Reduce the amount of carbohydrates you eat. Big surprise...not! The refined sugars and grains are to be avoided. Most veggies, fruits, whole grains are good in the right amounts, and at the right times.

The book gives great details about how the hormones work together. It made me take an honest look at when and how much I was eating. The hardest part to me is not eating a snack or treat at night. There is nothing dangerous about this plan, it promotes healthy food choices, and after 2 days I have lost 2.5 lbs but have eaten plenty of well-balanced meals and haven't felt hungry. I did notice how food-driven I am when I wanted to graze during the day, hungry or not, and how much I wanted to eat out of habit, not hunger. The book doesn't give recipes so there really is a lot of flexibility within the calorie intake suggestions. Its more about what you eat, how much of it, and when.

If anyone out there wants to try it, or has a thread going already, I'd be interested in sharing our progress or challenges.

Have a great day!
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Old 07-17-2014, 06:08 AM   #8
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Also, exercise throughout the week is important as well on the plan. The book and corresponding website give more details about how it all fits together. Actually, the website is probably enough to get you started, as it has much of the same info as the book. Author: Byron J. Richards
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