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Hunger Hormones

"In the past 20 years, we've learned a lot about hunger and satiety hormones," says Scott Isaacs, MD, a board-certified endocrinologist in Atlanta and author of Beat Overeating Now! "The first one was leptin, which was discovered in 1994." Since then, many other hormones that impact hunger, appetite, cravings, and weight have been discovered. "Leptin is a hormone that's produced by fat cells, and it works to suppress appetite in the brain," Isaacs explains. "We used to think a fat cell was an inert storage depot for excess fat, insulating the body. But now we know that fat is an endocrine organ, that is, a gland that produces hormones. Leptin is just one of the hormones produced by fat cells." The amount of leptin circulating in a person is proportional to the amount of body fat and indicates how much energy stores a person has.
Posted on July 22, 2015 Read More »

Hormones Gone Haywire?

They're your body's secret weapon: Hormones keep your heart thumping, your digestive system churning, and your brain sharp. "Whenever you feel off, your hormones could be the cause," says Scott Isaacs, MD, an endocrinologist at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta.
Posted on August 29, 2013 Read More »

Losing Weight: It’s Not Just About Willpower

Beat Overeating Now! There is not a simple explanation for why some people struggle to lose weight. There is no one-size-fits-all formula to shed extra pounds. Many people gain weight due to hormonal imbalances that make it nearly impossible to slim down without medical help. Other people may be eating the wrong foods, disrupting hormone levels and triggering hunger and, as a result, overeating.
Posted on January 4, 2013 Read More »

Top Ten Ways to Alleviate Leptin Resistance

There aren’t any medications to correct leptin resistance yet, but there is a lot you can do enhance the appetite-suppressing effect of leptin. Here are the top ten ways you can alleviate leptin resistance.
Posted on July 5, 2012 Read More »

Leptin not working?

Leptin resistance means that your brain thinks you are starving when the reality is just the opposite. Dysfunctional leptin drives appetite and especially cravings for high calorie foods and junk foods. The brain is doing anything it can to prevent starvation.
Posted on May 24, 2011 Read More »