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Is this Leptin resistance?

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Created May 27, 2012 at 1:41 PM

I just read this article by dr. Jack Kruse on LR and I'm not sure if I have this. I'm not overweight and I don't crave foods, but I do fast and eat 2 meals a day and when I get to the second one my body just doesn't say stop. If I force myself to stop my stomach feels hungry. This has been going on for a couple months now and I know that I'm over eating because I eat more food than my 6'0 brother! It's embarrassing to eat with other people because I look like I haven't been fed in days. It's usually only meal 2 i go crazy though not meal 1. I really don't crave foods even after a hard work out and if I ever do it's sometimes a sweet potato or an avocado. What should I do to get my eating meals back to normal for me and why have they become so abnormally large?

*extra info: I do IF every single day. Also, when I'm getting to bed there are times when I'd like to eat more, but lately that's been getting better. Lastly, my overeating is always within the paleo realm- usually I overeat meat and coconut oil and vegetables (no nuts for months) and sometimes too much fruit. I find my cravings for fruit are absent when I supplement with starches.

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15226 · May 27, 2012 at 6:43 PM

it may dilute your stomach acid and make digestion more difficult

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1019 · May 27, 2012 at 5:29 PM

Don't mix high-glycemic carbs with a lot of fat. IE make one meal higher fat with veggies, and one meal higher carb with lean meat. Eat high protein, and don't go crazy on the fat. Don't overtrain. No more than 3 HIT days a week, 2 is best. Walk on rest days.

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1670 · May 27, 2012 at 5:23 PM

What if I want to lose some stomach weight though?

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3049 · May 27, 2012 at 5:07 PM

I really think that if you're almost exactly where you are physically you may need to play with your ratios/workouts and rest days until you stumble on your personal magic formula. I wish I could offer you a definitive solution, but when you are this close all you can truly rely on is what works for you. You'll get there!:)

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3049 · May 27, 2012 at 5:06 PM

It really does sound like you've got things dialed in... Those ratios sound spot on... I'm at a bit of a loss on the food recommendations, unless you've reached a sort of plateau where your workouts are burning so much energy that your body is trying to hang onto a bit of fat in fear of starving... But that's just a stab in the dark... I'd ask about stress levels and sleep, but with yoga incorporated it sounds like you've got your eye on that as well.

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1670 · May 27, 2012 at 4:58 PM

Yes everything seems in check I am 5'2" 110 pounds, 26, I get around 100 grams of protein, 100g fat, and 25-100g of carbs depending the day. My calories vary but lately I think I've been clicking in over 2000. I used to sustain myself happily on 1300 (i am petite)! My workouts vary but I weight lift 2-3 times a week, sprint 2x and walk almost everyday (also some yoga in there too). I just have stomach pudge I'm trying to break through. All else looks physically well.

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1670 · May 27, 2012 at 4:51 PM

Why not drink a lot of water?

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1670 · May 27, 2012 at 4:50 PM

Haha maybe :)!!

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15226 · May 27, 2012 at 4:47 PM

It's not intermittent if you do it everyday ;)

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15226 · May 27, 2012 at 4:47 PM

I wouldn't lie down after eating, nor would I drink a lot of water.

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3049 · May 27, 2012 at 4:25 PM

That's not a bad amount of food, however if you're second meal is the same size I think you may not be getting enough protein which could be why your brain is signalling you to keep going. Have you tried tracking your meals (and calories) for a week to see where you are at on an average day? What is your workout schedule like, and will you share your age/ height/weight + goals ( weight or fat loss, increasing strength/athletic ability, etc) with us please?

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14877 · May 27, 2012 at 2:14 PM

eat some more starch, preferably with both meals. Decrease fat a little (too much fat will make you fat + it's so easy to over eat). Maintain adequate protein. You could try starting with a ratio of 50/50 protein/carb with 25% of whatever you want those numbers to be coming from dietary fat.

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1670 · May 27, 2012 at 2:10 PM

Not really. Yesterday it was a piece of fish sautéed in coconut oil, an avocado, brussel sprouts, a spinach salad with just spinach and olive oil, and a cup of boiled mashed sweet potatoes with banana (post- workout). On a not workout day it's usually 6 ounces of grass fed meat browned in coconut oil, an avocado, and roasted cauliflower and asparagus. These have always been decent meal sizes for me. What do you think?

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1670 · May 27, 2012 at 1:44 PM

Also please don't tell me to stop IF. My body feels better than ever doing it. I'd just like to know if I have LR or something else and what to do about it :).

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1019 · May 27, 2012 at 4:55 PM

If you are not overweight, and you are not gaining weight, then you definitely are not leptin resistant. It's good to have one big meal a day. If you are worried about overeating then focus on eating high protein in the second meal, and just eat away. You probably need the calories, especially if your first meal is smallish.

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1670 · May 27, 2012 at 5:23 PM

What if I want to lose some stomach weight though?

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1019 · May 27, 2012 at 5:29 PM

Don't mix high-glycemic carbs with a lot of fat. IE make one meal higher fat with veggies, and one meal higher carb with lean meat. Eat high protein, and don't go crazy on the fat. Don't overtrain. No more than 3 HIT days a week, 2 is best. Walk on rest days.

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144 · May 27, 2012 at 4:17 PM

That sounds like a good amount of food. Just remember with only two meals per day it's okay to make them pretty big - you need to fuel your body with enough food. Maybe you should add a protein snack in between. Also drink lots of water with meals to help your stomach stretch out, and try to find a way to relax after you're done with meal #2 - lie down and digest and daydream for a few minutes. Maybe drinking miso or broth would be helpful too.

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15226 · May 27, 2012 at 6:43 PM

it may dilute your stomach acid and make digestion more difficult

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15226 · May 27, 2012 at 4:47 PM

I wouldn't lie down after eating, nor would I drink a lot of water.

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1670 · May 27, 2012 at 4:51 PM

Why not drink a lot of water?

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3049 · May 27, 2012 at 1:53 PM

I had the exact same issue until I started eating more at my first meal. I IF from 8 pm to noon, first meal at noon, second around 5:30 pm.

Is you first meal much smaller than your 2nd? Is it more like a large snack?

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1670 · May 27, 2012 at 2:10 PM

Not really. Yesterday it was a piece of fish sautéed in coconut oil, an avocado, brussel sprouts, a spinach salad with just spinach and olive oil, and a cup of boiled mashed sweet potatoes with banana (post- workout). On a not workout day it's usually 6 ounces of grass fed meat browned in coconut oil, an avocado, and roasted cauliflower and asparagus. These have always been decent meal sizes for me. What do you think?

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1670 · May 27, 2012 at 4:58 PM

Yes everything seems in check I am 5'2" 110 pounds, 26, I get around 100 grams of protein, 100g fat, and 25-100g of carbs depending the day. My calories vary but lately I think I've been clicking in over 2000. I used to sustain myself happily on 1300 (i am petite)! My workouts vary but I weight lift 2-3 times a week, sprint 2x and walk almost everyday (also some yoga in there too). I just have stomach pudge I'm trying to break through. All else looks physically well.

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3049 · May 27, 2012 at 4:25 PM

That's not a bad amount of food, however if you're second meal is the same size I think you may not be getting enough protein which could be why your brain is signalling you to keep going. Have you tried tracking your meals (and calories) for a week to see where you are at on an average day? What is your workout schedule like, and will you share your age/ height/weight + goals ( weight or fat loss, increasing strength/athletic ability, etc) with us please?

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3049 · May 27, 2012 at 5:06 PM

It really does sound like you've got things dialed in... Those ratios sound spot on... I'm at a bit of a loss on the food recommendations, unless you've reached a sort of plateau where your workouts are burning so much energy that your body is trying to hang onto a bit of fat in fear of starving... But that's just a stab in the dark... I'd ask about stress levels and sleep, but with yoga incorporated it sounds like you've got your eye on that as well.

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3049 · May 27, 2012 at 5:07 PM

I really think that if you're almost exactly where you are physically you may need to play with your ratios/workouts and rest days until you stumble on your personal magic formula. I wish I could offer you a definitive solution, but when you are this close all you can truly rely on is what works for you. You'll get there!:)

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