Hormone Helps the Brain Resist Tasty Treats

We’ve all got foods we’re powerless to resist. At times, I’ve single-handily made peanut M&M’s an endangered species. Maybe I’m low on leptin. Leptin is a hormone secreted by fat cells that regulates the body’s appetite.

A new study has determined that low levels of leptin—commonly found in people who have lost weight—makes it harder to resist “tempting” foods.

"When you lose weight you've created about the perfect storm for regaining weight," said Michael Rosenbaum of Columbia University Medical Center in New York, whose research appears in the Journal of Clinical Investigation, “Areas of your brain involved in telling you not to eat seem to be less active. You are more responsive to food and you are less in control of it.”

Almost sounds like you’re damned if you do, damned if you don’t! Alright, in case you’re in a panic about leptin now, fear not! Previous research determined that getting plenty of sleep is a great way to increase leptin production and reduce weight gain.

Good. So all I need now is a bag of peanut M&M’s and a pillow. Kidding.
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Elle - August 21, 2009 7:47 AM

mmmm peanut M&Ms are my favourite too! Luckily they aren't on special very often (well I don't go down that aisle very often anyway) so I don't buy them :D

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