When it comes to getting in the best shape of your life, there is one hormone in particular that can make or break your weight loss results… and it’s name is leptin. The reason why this hormone is so important is because it plays a role in influencing virtually every other weight loss hormone in your body… and it can even affect your ability to burn fat all together.
When you have the right amount of this hormone in your body, it’s like having a secret advantage to fat loss. However when you don’t, dropping a single inch of belly fat from your waistline can feel nearly impossible. And this is where matters get worse: Anyone who has ever attempted to cut their calories, skip meals, or follow some restrictive diet in order to lose weight have severely jeopardized their leptin health without even knowing it… And that’s because dieting is the number one fastest way to sabotage your leptin hormone.
You see, anytime you go on a diet and reduce your calorie intake, leptin levels suffer and fat burning is slowed and in some cases, may even come to a screeching halt. Why? Because leptin's main function is to protect your body against starvation, and when you’re feeding your body a lower food intake (aka dieting), your body unfortunately sees your excess body fat as a necessity to survive. This is otherwise referred to as “survival mode”. And when your body reaches this state, trying to achieve any measure of fat loss can leave you feeling hopeless.
In "survival mode”, your body can’t comprehend your deepest desires of achieving a ripped body and six pack abs. The only thing your body recognizes is that your calorie intake is lower than normal and to your brain, that’s a huge hazard.
Simply put, by following a low-calorie diet, leptin levels will lower within the body which leads to lower levels of fat-burning.
In fact, some research has shown that leptin levels can drop by as much as 50% after just 7 days of dieting… Cutting your body’s true fat-burning potential in half just with one week of dieting under your belt, and you can imagine how this tricking effect could get worse with each day that passes.