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Losing my religion with the Leptin Reset

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

When I started the plan, it was honestly working well. It was by many accounts working too well. I was losing weight before I was supposed to. Who could complain about that? Because I'm so worried that brain damage may be playing a factor in my weight gain, I'm eager to see signs that I might be onto something. So I got those signs.

Then everything stalled. And it has sat right there for a week. My first thought is that I lost the inflammation I had sitting around due to sugar intake from before. I've kept my carbs to 50-60 grams/day, but the benefits aren't really there on my body.

In it's defense, I feel less stressed, thanks to keeping the lights off at night. I just surrender to the dark. My cravings are different. They are not gone, as they are physiological at this point. Such as, "Oh no. Every time we go to the park we always walk the long way home for ice cream. Sigh..." I still have to deal with those.

So yesterday, after trying to play it safe and safer for a week, I got mad frankly. I ate candy bars for lunch and dinner. My husband was shocked, but I was crushed. Really. Why am I shoving all this f-ing protein in my mouth every morning and sitting in the dark and drinking fat and NOT enjoying my Easter Cadbury Creme egg ritual just so that I can continue to sit around in the same fat!?!?

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    Ok, I have not had the opportunity to read up on this diet, but yours is the second post I've read about this "Leptin Reset Diet" and frankly I'm a bit confused and alarmed. Trying to keep your carb levels that low for what I'm reading as 6-8 weeks is, in my opinion, too long. Usually, they suggest one of two methods, and they will both reset the Leptin levels (in my experience). The first is calorie cycling. In this method, you go lower calorie lower carb (I'm talking 80-100 gms) for 6-8 days and then you have a re-feed day during which you increase your intake to maintenance level by increasing your carb intake (Keep your protein high, about 1 gm. per pound of body weight but make up the difference in calories with carbs). The other way is to do carb cycling, during which you have a high carb day every three to four days. In this method you do one or two low carb days, one or two moderate carb day and then a high carb day. Either of these methods help to jump start the metabolism as well as replenish the Leptin levels. I hope you will give these a try. Remember, each body functions differently, so although some of these really restrictive diets work for some folks, but for others of this, we have to try a lot of different methods until we find the one that works for our specific body. Good luck.
    2267 days ago
    Hang in there! I know its the most frustrating thing in the world to do the right thing and have the scale just sit there.

    Bodies are complex and there is more going on then just weight loss. First of all, I don't know how often you weigh, but weigh less often. and give the leptin reset more time.

    above all, don't give up!
    2268 days ago
    Just get back in the saddle! Your experience is typical so far. Getting into the sun in the morning helps.
    2269 days ago
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    Glad you got that off your chest. I'm too new to the whole Paleo/primal thing to worry about the leptin reset, though I can easily eat enough protein for breakfast. Now I'm experimenting with somewhat limiting my protein. Who the hell knows what really works and if it works for everyone. I figure I just have to try a bunch of things until I find something that works. Good luck!
    2269 days ago
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