How long does it take before you see weight loss?
How long does it take before there are signs of becomeing leptin sensitive?
Are you seeing results? Side effects?
I didn't stumble upon The Quilt until I was fully Leptin Sensitive. I went through all the stages he claims would happen. At 42, I'd had sleep apnea for years w/o treatment, got fat, was put on meds for hypothyroid, high bp, high trigs, gout, and almost diabetes meds, too. I had non-alcoholic fatty liver disease and joint pain. I ate total crap SAD. Once I got the CPAP I started sleeping better, but not great. I lost a little weight but was still eating crap. I started paleo and exercising by lifting heavy things--that's when things started happening. I sweated more, I was waking up at 6am before the alarm clock with morning wood to make a teen proud, I was losing weight like crazy, I was able to skip meals without being hungry, I was able to quit counting calories--they don't seem to matter anymore. Best of all, I'm off ALL medication and look and feel great!
I just finished week one of the protocol.
It's really hard at first. I woke up the first day and was still full from last night's dinner. So I dutifully ate 50g of protein while full. sigh
The next day was a bit easier, but still felt like a lot of work.
By the end of the week, I started noticing a bunch of different stuff that I can only chalk up to my eating hard-core paleo and the protocol.
-I was hungry in the morning
-Didn't have cravings
-Had more energy
-Skin started clearing up (even more than when I first went paleo)
-Lost 10 pounds (probably as much the protocol as it was going under 30-50g of carbs a day)
I'm currently on day 8, and plan on doing 8 weeks of it, through November 2nd. After that, I'll post a "review and thoughts" on one of the primal/paleo forums.
I'll then buy a blood glucose meter and start figuring out how many carbs I can eat. Provided that I actually hit the point where I'm "leptin sensitive". Worst case, I keep up the protocol through February or March.
Note: I am taking 200mg HTP-5 in the morning, and magnesium at night (natural calm) to help deal with cravings and to reset insulin sensitivity. I'm going to use the HTP-5 for another week or two, and then it'll be just the magnesium.
Yes... been doing about 50 to 75 grams of protein every morning for breakfast... staying at about 50 grams of Carbs a day (doing about 150 to 200 grams of protein, I'm lifting and trying to build muscle mass).
I eat three times a day (0630 hrs., 1100 hrs., 1700 hrs.), full-on paleo (though I do eat some cheese and occasionally drink milk with my protein shakes). I'm still dealing with a sweet tooth once or twice a week. I also lift weights three times a week (one hour sessions), cardio class two times a week (one hour sessions), and do HIIT three-four times a week (20 minute sessions). I sleep great, feel great, and am seeing great strength gains. I don't want to quit my cardio because I have a physical agility test coming up for a prospective employer.
I can't say I've seen much change. I had lost 60 lbs. calorie counting (before going paleo) but gained back 25 lbs. since Jan '11 trying to build back muscle mass. I don't care about losing weight, but I'd like to lean out and lose the skinny fat around the abdomen. I do drink whey protein shakes after workouts. I've been hovering at 175 lbs., and can tell if I get too many carbs because at night I get the whole thermogenenic effect of the body trying to burn off the excess calories instead of storing them.
My ultimate goal is to get strong, get endurance, lean out with a v-taper, and stay there.
I did it for a few weeks but found it too restrictive while I was breastfeeding as I tend to get very snackish after my son's big before sleep feed which is after dinner around nine. (He nurses for almost an hour!!! I'm usually thirsty as hell and starving afterwards.) I also found eating 50+ grams of protein AND nursing first thing in the AM was making me really sluggish in the morning. I almost need that little bit of cortisol to get going.
I'm losing weight without it anyway but I was trying to kick it up a notch, which probably wasn't the best idea while I'm nursing. I did lose weight a little faster (almost 5 pounds the first week and 2 pounds a week the next two weeks) while I was doing the protocol so I think it works, but it just made me too tired. I'll probably try it again after I've weaned my son in a year or two if I have any lingering mommy weight left.
Been doing the protocol for about 2 weeks, with 50 g breakfast protein and VLC or very close to it. Ended a weight-loss plateau that I'd had for at least a month, but currently on a new, mini-plateau of several days' duration. Very probably due to cortisol; stress level's up this week.
I've decided to try the 50gms of protein first thing in the morning thing and to stick with 2 relatively high fat, moderate protein (~50gms), low carb meals through the day. All paleo/primal based (veg, meat, fat like coconut oil, some nuts, primarily skinless almonds, Brazil nuts, and a few raw walnuts here and there, and some pastured cream/sour cream.) I drink a cup of coffee in the morning and stick to water otherwise. If I need a "snack", I'll take BCAA (~10gms).
I've also been using Natural Calm and like how it tastes (I also like how it masks the taste of my ConcenTrace Zinc drops) even though I've read that it isn't the most bioavailable form of magnesium (will try glycinate the next time I shop for supplements).
Work stress way up in last 4 weeks. Carb cravings up too. I've been trying to maintain but found myself eating ice cream and chocolate chips cookies lately at night to comfort myself from a stressful day. The next day I pay with a tummy ache.
I have not been able to utilize willpower although I eat paleo all day until my carb cravings kick in at night while cooking for my family.
At about 140 at 5'4 on semi-muscular frame. Have lost 35 pounds in last 11 months with 7 of them being paleo. From previous I know that my target is probably 125-130 with muscularity. I don't think I look fat when I look in the mirror unless I'm naked. (But that's the whole point right?) I'm going to take the Quilt challenge to combat cravings. This is my plan. Will post results intermittently.
My commute is about an hour and I never eat before I leave home so I don’t wake my family. I’ve decided to eat in the car on the way to work so I can eat within the 30 minutes…this is what I’m going to do the first week below . I’ll probably do some variation the 2nd week (replace with cold chicken for example) so my planning/thinking/cooking on the minimum from week to week.
--9 ounces grass fed patties cooked in coconut oil cold (cooked the night before) with about an ounce of raw cheese as bread. --If I get hungry for lunch I’ll have some sardines. If I’m not hungry I won’t. --At night 5 hours before bed…3 eggs cooked in pastured butter or chicken sausage with raw sauerkraut. I’ll also eat some liver sausage and some non-starchy veggies. 1 square of dark chocolate and chai tea. Will replace night meal with steak/veggies or beef liver/onions the next week.
Other than that I’m going to concentrate on getting sleep in a dark room. If my work load decreases (hopefully) I’ll head to the gym in my office for some weights (won’t be able to do it after 5 o’clock) but I’m putting that 2nd to eating/sleeping. I’ve only recently stopped weight training and slow walks due to work load.
Suggestions/criticisms welcome and thank you.
I'm still in the training wheels phase. I've implemented parts of it, but am still working on others. Maybe I'm just a slow learner, but I did this with paleo too, and it seems to have worked. I think I need a mental preparation phase for anything before I can make lasting change.
Big breakfast and getting all the way to dinner without eating most days has been the easiest part. There is the occasional impulse for a snack, but that usually passes within a minute, I think it is more out of habit than anything.
I have a ravenous little squirt who nurses constantly especially mornings and evenings, so sometimes I am not able to get breakfast until I have nursed him for an hour. In the evenings I sometimes need a small meal after nursing him down too, otherwise I'm too hungry to fall asleep. Maybe it is a leptin catch-22 and I just have to tough it out if I really want fix things, last meal 5 hours before bedtime may have to wait until weaning, I need my sleep.
Sleep has been hit and miss, but seems to be undergoing a transition with shifting to an earlier wake up time (which is good because I've been locked into a 3 am bedtime and 11:30 am wake-up time forever, any earlier and I would feel jetlagged and sick to my stomach). Luckily, my son's sleep/wake cycle seems to be mirroring mine (or is mine mirroring his?).
I've never been a morning person, but I seem to be functioning without coffee if I need to. I haven't cut it completely yet, but more and more decaf is making it into the mix simply because I'm feeling overstimulated by half-caf.
In just a month, of my half-assed version the overhang of my baby belly that had been sticking around for 2 years, has retreated a few inches, nice to see some daylight on my lower abdomen. I've also been able to button some pants that have refused to button for a long time. Not huge changes, but any change feels like a huge change after feeling stuck for a long time.
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