Jan 27, 2022
Dr. Bindiya breaks down the impact of the hormone leptin and why
so many people struggle with a weight loss plateau that they can’t
breakthrough. Learn how dieting for too long can actually prevent
you from losing weight, why the counterintuitive solution may be to
eat more, why leptin might be the reason you’re always craving food
and stressed out all the time, and what you can do to reset your
- [0:20] Leptin is a largely unknown hormone but one of which
everyone should be aware. Leptin is responsible for telling your
brain that you have enough fat stored to fuel your body for
calories at a normal rate. When leptin levels are high, that’s when
you’re prone to food cravings, gaining weight, anxiety, and
- [3:00] We have been told for years that we should be snacking
between meals, but when we do that it increases our insulin and
blood sugar levels without much benefit. You should typically eat
every 4 to 6 hours, and if your leptin resistance is off you need
to reset your metabolism.
- [5:20] Leptin doesn’t impact everyone the same. It’s important
to identify what is optimal for you and how your leptin levels are
affecting your health goals.
- [6:45] Everybody eventually hits a weight loss plateau.
Constant diets with rapid weight loss or weight gain mess up your
metabolism. When you start restricting your calories your body can
go into starvation mode and this can result in a pause in weight
loss, even if you’re eating the same foods as before.
- [9:45] The majority of Dr. Bindiya’s patients have hit this
weight loss plateau at some point, and when that happens they
usually also experience constant fatigue and low energy. Tracking
leptin levels is the first step to resetting their metabolism.
- [11:30] One of the first things Dr. Bindiya recommends is for
her patients to eat more to shock their bodies out of starvation
- [12:45] If you are leptin resistant, you have probably been in
a starvation state for a long time and your thyroid may be
suffering, but this can often be missed in clinical tests.
- [15:30] As we get older, leptin resistance becomes more of an
issue. We have to optimize our lifestyle to help with the genetics
with which we are born.
- [19:05] Intermittent fasting is a powerful weight loss
strategy, but it can go too far and trigger the body’s starvation
response. It’s counterintuitive, but we need to eat enough during
the eating window to reset our metabolism.
- [22:30] Dr. Bindiya works with patients by identifying what is
happening with their bodies when they hit a plateau. She looks at
their hormones, stress levels, and diet history. If they’ve been
doing intermittent fasting for a while, the answer may be to ease
up a bit, especially if they are stressed more than usual.
- [26:15] When snacking, people tend to eat more sugar, carbs,
and fruit. We want to reduce our fruit consumption because it
negatively impacts leptin and congests the liver. Simply
eliminating fruit can have a big impact.
- [27:10] Stress management is an important aspect of treatment.
If you’re not getting quality sleep, figuring that part out is
crucial. If you’ve been exercising too often or too intensely, you
may have to switch it up and take it a bit easier.
- [29:30] In order to overcome a plateau faster, supplements can
be very helpful. Probiotics are important for establishing gut
health, as well as supplements that support your liver and blood
- [33:15] Practicing daily gratitude is an important habit for
Dr. Bindiya that has transformed her life. She starts every day
with reflecting on something for which she is grateful.
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