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By New Bedford chiropracgtor
July 08, 2013
Category: weight loss
Tags: chiropractic   cortisol   weight loss   leptin   ghrelin   sleep   New Bedford   Fall River  

Interested in weight loss?  You need to talk to Leptin & Ghrelin.

It may sound like a law firm, but leptin and ghrelin are actually two vital hormones involved in stimulating and suppressing your appetite.

Leptin suppresses hunger and is produced in the fat cells of the body.

Ghrelin stimulates your appetite and is released from your stomach.

If you are trying to lose or maintain weight loss, it is better to release more leptin and less ghrelin, because leptin tells your body that it is full.

One of the easiest ways to do this is to get enough sleep.

And one of the easiest ways to promote wait gain is to not get enough sleep  (see study here).

But there is another major player involved in weight gain and sleep: the hormone cortisol.

Getting enough sleep lowers cortisol levels, while a lack of sleep elevates cortisol.

When cortisol levels go up, metabolism goes down. 

How does this happen?  Cortisol when elevated, tells the body to break down protein in order to produced glucose.  Over time, this breakdown of protein leads to less muscle mass which lowers metabolism.  Your muscles require fuel (calories), even at rest.  With less muscle there is less calorie burning and therefore a lowered metabolism.

But it can get worse.  If you are breaking down protein to make glucose and you already have an adequate supply of glucose, your body will store the glucose as fat.

On top of that, cortisol interferes with the body’s ability to build muscle.

So if you are going to the gym, but triggering high cortisol levels, you are not going to make the gains you would like with regard to your body composition (the amount of fat to muscle).

The bottom line is that if you are trying to maintain or lose weight, you do not want to raise cortisol or ghrelin levels, and leptin levels should be promoted.  Getting enough sleep helps you do just that and promotes better health in general.

Finally,

If you want to get a handle on where your cortisol levels are, it has never been easier.  Just stop by Merolla Chiropractic in New Bedford or Fall River for a home test kit based on saliva samples.  It will accurately read your cortisol levels in the morning, afternoon, late afternoon, and night.  And from there, we can go back to burning fat, not storing it!