I have a question for those who are well versed in Leptin.
I’ve been eating hard for the past few months, and my body always fights me when I get into the 210lb range. I recently hit 212lbs, followed by a drop down to 205lbs, and am now experiencing an absolute loss of appetite. The meals I used to eat regularly are seeming like mountains of food, and my hunger has dropped off the map.
I should note again that my body has never agreed with being in the 210lb range, and I’ve hit this wall probably 3 or 4 times now in total over the years.
Do you feel the culprit is elevated Leptin levels due to my body doing anything it can to keep me from packing on more pounds?
I should also note that I’ve been training seriously for over a decade and my level of lean mass is very close to my genetic limit as a natural.
Thanks to all who read and reply,
It could have to do with leptin. It could be entirely mental…
It’s very hard for me to read these kinds of questions because it creates a pretty decent response of envy on my part. I’m constantly hungry no matter how much or what I eat…no matter the quantity. Up until the point of complete abdominal distention…I still want more.
The above situation may also be a case of leptin due to dieting down too hard for too long on my part…Now, my relationship with food and my ability to get full is all fucked up. I tend to think it’s partially psychological and partially due to hormonal response i.e. leptin.
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I really don’t think it’s mental, as this happens repeatedly and I don’t have a problem sticking to a plan and approach psychologically. It’s a physical feeling, not a mental road block.
For example, I’ve been having the same breakfast for months. Once I made it up to that 210lb area, all of a sudden I’m virtually unable to finish breakfast, as I feel physically full and almost sick as I’m working on eating it. The only thing that’s changed is my body reaching that mark where I always run into trouble.
One thing I may have to do is change up my macros and rely on fat more so than carbs to be my variant when playing with calories. That’ll be my next approach most likely.
Yes…as you well know…9kcal/g for fat…significantly more calories per bite. Plus…most added fat comes in liquid form i.e. oils… Shouldn’t be difficult.
I do notice that if I eat less carbs for the bulk of my surplus and more fats…I don’t get the same pumps and just don’t look as full as I normally do…[/quote]
I don’t care about the immediate effects of carbs, such as the pump and fullness. I care about the big picture, as I know I can always carb up. Plus, I’ll still be putting down 400-500g of carbs per day.
Thanks for the post.