February 2011 Issue

Lessons about Leptin, Weight and Your Eating Environment

If youíve ever struggled with your weight, you know how difficult the fight is. You cut back on calories and drop 10 pounds, only to see your weight creep back up to where it was before. You could swear that your body has some magical number in mind for your weight despite your best efforts to keep it off. Now scientists believe that your suspicions might actually be right. The knowledge base is accumulating on leptin, a hormone produced by fat cells that tells your brain when itís time to cut back on eating.

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