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Are Your Broken Hunger Hormones Making You Fat?Weight Loss Success Stories - Tammie's Story

Woman's World
September 22, 2008 (Cover Story)
Are Your Broken Hunger Hormones Making You Fat?

The Leptin Boost Diet

The Leptin Boost Diet “It killed my sweet tooth!”  -- When Tammie Fox starts a diet, she always worries that sugar cravings will ruin her good intentions.  But The Leptin Boost Diet put her mind at ease!  “I didn’t have any cravings for sweets—not even at night, which is when I usually struggle,” said Tammie.  “I didn’t feel like I was missing anything.  It wasn’t difficult at all”.   In one week, Tammie lost 5.5 pounds.  Tammie’s best tip:  Set an alarm. “Your appetite is so low on this diet, if you wait for hunger cues you’ll end up missing meals.”

“I ate more food than normal!”  Maryland native Katrina Nelson, 27, says Dr. Isaacs’  plan got her right back on track fast.  “I didn’t feel hungry like I normally do,” she recalls.  “Plus, I had more energy and I slept better.”  In seven days, Katrina lost four pounds.  Her advice:  “Go for it!”  Katrina’s best tip:  Use the George Foreman grill.  “It’s such a fast way to make things like chicken breasts and turkey burgers!”

Are “broken” hunger hormones making you fat?

(Published article from Woman’s World, September 2008) 

Weight-loss researchers around the world have become a little obsessed with a hormone called leptin—and it’s no wonder.  “Leptin is made by fat cells and controls hunger and metabolism.  When it’s out of whack, hunger soars, metabolism slows—and virtually all the hormones responsible for keeping us slim end up out of whack,” says Scott Isaacs, M.D., author of The Leptin Boost Diet.

A slew of scientists have set up special labs to learn about harnessing the power of this magical hormone—and Dr. Isaacs has now made it his mission to transform their findings into a leptin-boosting action plan that can get all of us slim:

Why you need a leptin boost:  These days we have way more calories than exercise in our lives—so leptin works frantically trying to keep us trim.  Eventually, this frantic pace wears out many of the “bridges” that leptin uses to get the brain; bridges become unpassable, and some of leptin’s stop-eating and metabolism-boosting messages are lost.  Excess fat starts to accumulate.  New fat makes more leptin that crowds the bridges, causing further damage.  Yikes!  Luckily, there’s good news…

Put your leptin back to work:  “Take simple measures to repair your leptin system, and it will once again send clear signals to turn down your hunger and shift your body into fat-burning mode,” promises Dr. Isaacs.  All you have to do is:

  • Enjoy healing mini meals.  Forget three squares a day.  Small, frequent mini-meals allow the body to fight hunger and boost metabolism without straining the leptin system, says Dr. Isaacs.
  • Trigger back-up hormones.  Eat enough vegetables, fruit and other options that are high in volume but low in calories, and the water and fiber in these foods will stretch your digestive tract, triggering the release of alternate anti-hunger hormones that can handle your appetite until your leptin system is fully functional again!  Having protein at each sitting also helps achieve a similar effect, Dr. Isaacs notes.
  • Add leptin-restoring activity.  Though they’re not yet sure why, University of Florida researchers have found that a little exercise seems to allow leptin to work better in spite of broken bridges.  Which is why Dr. Isaacs recommends three 20 minute bouts of fun or functional exercise—such as dancing, walking the dog or speed cleaning—daily.
  • Put leptin to bed.  The body naturally calibrates its leptin levels as you sleep.  “Studies show that people who get less than five hours per night have the most severe leptin problems,” says Dr. Isaacs.  “So aim for 7 to 8 hours nightly.  In my opinion, disruption of natural leptin balance is the main reason that so many studies link sleep deprivation to weight gain.”
  • Special tip:  less stress improves leptin function—so take deep, calming breaths whenever you feel tense, suggests Dr. Isaacs.

Go for it!  “You’ll be surprised by the results and by how good you’ll feel,” promises Dr. Isaacs.  Reader LeAnn Erickson backs him up.  When we asked her to try leptin-boosting menus, “I lost 13 pounds in a week,” marvels the Utah mom, 39.  “I wasn’t hungry and I felt great.  I can’t believe it!  This is one diet I might be able to stick with!”  Could it be your miracle plan, too?  Try it and see.

Has your leptin system crashed?

For 99% of us with weight problems, the answer is yes, says Dr. Isaacs.  If you have just two of the following symptoms, there’s a good chance you’ll benefit dramatically from a leptin-boosting plan:

  • Significant weight gain
  • A tendency to gain in your middle
  • Frequent fatigue
  • Insomnia
  • High blood pressure
  • Symptoms of polycystic ovary syndrome (excess facial hair, abnormal menstruation, acne, fertility problems)

Symptoms explained:  “You feel tired all the time because your body is converting food into fat instead of fuel.  Your muscles become flabby, and fat builds up inside your belly,” Dr. Isaacs reveals.  “Organs and blood vessels fill with fat, leading to increased fatigue and problems with other hormones, such as estrogen and insulin.  You not only gain weight, but end up with serious health problems like infertility, diabetes and high blood pressure.” The plan revealed, below, can address all of these problems, he promises.


Leptin-Boosting Menus

Breakfast (choose one daily)
Are “broken” hunger hormones making you fat?French toast made with:

  • 2 egg whites and 2 slices of whole grain bread
  • 2 tsp. low sugar jam
  • ¾ cup fat-free milk
  • 1 orange

2 scrambled egg whites:

  • 1 slice turkey bacon
  • 2 slices whole-grain toast
  • 1 ½  Tbs. lite cream cheese
  • 1 kiwi

1 cup protein-rich cereal (Kashi Go Lean):

  • ¾ cup fat-free milk
  • 1 ½ cups berries

Morning Snack (choose one daily)
Are “broken” hunger hormones making you fat?1 ¼ cups melon                             1 ¼ cup fat-free cottage cheese         
                              1 oz. reduced-fat cheese                1 cup fresh fruit
                              ¾ cup lite yogurt & 2 small plums

Are “broken” hunger hormones making you fat?Lunch (choose one daily)

  • 2 diced hard-boiled egg whites, 2 Tbs. lite may, 2 olives, 2 slices whole-grain bread, ¼ cup each tomatoes and sprouts, 1 banana
  • 2 oz. shrimp or chicken, 2 diced hard-boiled egg whites, 1 oz. low-fat cheese, unlimited mixed salad, 2 tsp. olive oil, 2 Tbs. wine vinegar, 1 pear
  • 1 frozen entrée (up to 280) calories, 1 cup frozen veggies, 1 apple


Afternoon Snack (choose one daily)
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3/4 cup lite yogurt, ½ cup fruit OR ¼ cup fat-free sour cream, 1 Tbs. fat-free ranch dressing mix, unlimited sliced vegetables OR 1 slice whole-grain bread, 2 tsp. low-sugar jam, ¾ cup skim milk.

Are “broken” hunger hormones making you fat?Dinner (choose one daily)

  • 2 oz. fish prepared with 1 tsp. olive oil and seasonings, ½ avocado, ½ tomato, 1 cup broccoli, ½ cup boiled red potato, 1 tsp. margarine
  • 2 oz. lean beef, 1 Tbs. steak sauce, 1 cup steamed green beans, 1 tsp. olive oil, 1 medium baked potato, 1 tsp. margarine
  • 2 oz. ground turkey burger, 1 cup beans & brown rice, ½ cup corn, 1 cup steamed spinach with 1 tsp. olive oil, unlimited mixed salad, 2 tsp. olive oil, 2 Tbs. wine vinegar


Are “broken” hunger hormones making you fat?Bedtime Snack (choose one daily)

  • 1 cup strawberries, 2 Tbs. fat-free whipped topping
  • ¼ cup sliced peaches, ½ lite yogurt
  • Smoothie:  Whip 2 ice cubes and ¼ cup each fat-free milk, lite yogurt and fresh fruit until smooth