The third installment of the video series, The Skinny on Obesity is here. Hunger and Hormones – A vicious cycle.

Big take aways:

  • Biochemical reasons why you can’t eat less and then exercise more
  • Hormone Leptin, limits what you eat by going from fat cell to brain to indicate that you have had what you NEED which gives you just the right amount of energy for exercise (movement).
  • Obesity creates high levels of Leptin, because it comes from fat cells.
  • If leptin is doing its job you shouldn’t be obese.
  • Obesity = LEPTIN Resistance.
  • Insulin causes the problem
  • Insulin reduces blood sugar by moving sugar to fat storage – (that’s what it’s supposed to do)
  • Insulin drives weight gain.
  • Insulin blocks leptin at the brain so you continue to feel hungry = eat more.
  • The higher the insulin, the more energy you store as fat and the hungrier you get.

This series is great. I can hardly wait for the next installment.

You can see the episode guide at UC Health.

Feel Good!



3 Responses to The Skinny on Obesity (Ep. 3)

  1. brooke says:

    did i miss how there is more insulin in the modern global diet? just the extra sugar?

  2. amy says:

    The modern diet has way more sugar than ever before. We eat the sugar which causes our bodies to produce more insulin. The insulin grabs the sugar and removes it from the blood stream. The more sugar we eat, the more insulin our body is required to make. We don’t eat insulin in our diet but we do produce it because of the sugary diet.

  3. @brooke
    All carbs breakdown to glucose(sugar).
    The typical American diet nowadays is composed of 60% carbohydrates. When you eat carbs, you blood sugar rises. The pancreas releases insulin into the blood to remove the sugar, which the insulin quickly shunts to fat.
    Years and years of consuming this kind of diet makes the insulin receptors on our tissues less responsive to insulin.
    So more insulin is required to do the same job year after year as an individual becomes more and more insulin resistance.

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