Fiber and You (Leptin Resistance)

So, this isn’t a talk about poo (I’ve already done that one). This is something else. Out of curiosity, I clicked on one of those paid links Facebook is now including on our home pages about the one weight loss secret for women. I sat there, listening to one of those annoying 3 minute “videos” that you can’t pause or turn down just so I could find out what the guy was preaching about. He finally (I swear, it must have been 2 minutes and 40 seconds into this thing) mentions Leptin resistance. Well, me being who I am, I hit Google. It turns out, there is such a thing and it sounds like it goes hand in hand with insulin resistance.

So, after reading about all the whole grain, less meat suggestions, I stumbled onto a study about some fancy shmancy African mango seed extract (The effect of Irvingia gabonensis seeds on body weight and blood lipids of obese subjects in Cameroon) that, according to Natural News (Reversing leptin resistance naturally), is supposed to help. My initial reaction was, “Where can I buy this stuff NOW?” until I read the entire study. The study shows fantastic results regarding obesity (more inches lost and vastly improved blood panels over those on the placebo) but the first line in the Discussion section is what got me:

The soluble fibre of the seed of Irvingia gabonensis like other forms of water-soluble dietary fibres, are “bulk-forming” laxatives.

So, it’s not the extract itself but the water-soluble fiber? Well, if that’s the case, then why pay all that money (I saw some bottles for well over $20 for 150 pills)? Why not just get some psyllium husk or Metamucil (if you can’t spare the calories) or increase our intake of foods that naturally have more soluble fiber in them? Here is a list of low carb foods that contain more fiber for you caloric buck:

Avocado
Broccoli
Collard Greens
Nuts (especially Almonds) and Seeds
Flaxseed
Psyllium (or Metamucil)
Cucumbers
Celery
Brussels Sprouts
Asparagus
Chia Seeds (still need to buy a Chia pet)
Zucchini

I recently started a nut eating run (stumbled on some at Walgreens, ate some every night, then went to Costco and BAM! They have the best nut mix with no peanuts EVER!). This has pretty much been my evening snack for the past week and I have now dropped down to my low weight again. I’m thinking, since reading all the above, that it may be from the fiber (and other goodness) of the nuts that finally broke my stall. I hope so. I hope this isn’t some fluke of a thing but I feel better, my bowels are almost too happy, and I have lost inches despite being a lazy-ass and playing a video game for a week.

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3 thoughts on “Fiber and You (Leptin Resistance)

  1. Maybe it was six months in, I was still having dawn phenomena and not much shrinkage in the belly dept. Gave Dr. Jack Kruse’s Leptin Rx a go. No gimmicks, nothing to buy, just changed up my eating times, bed time, and exercise time. Had to do with circadian rhythms and teaching my liver proper gluconeogenesis, anyways, ended up shrinking (not so much on the scales, but as far as body comp.) No more DP as long as I worked it. I think the main thing anyways for me was learning the difference in hunger and habit (I had until then been a grazer).

    (Dr. Kruse’s Leptin Rx was totally opposite, no whole grains (Paleo/Primal eating) and lotsa protein within an hour of waking)

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    1. Hmmmm … after reading a few of his posts, I wonder if that is why I’ve dropped weight since I stopped exercising (it’s been a week). I’ve ALWAYS done it in the morning (and lately before breakfast to see if that would make a difference). So, that means I’ll have to be a bit more organized. Great! lol Thank you, again, Shannon!

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      1. It could be. I wasn’t much for exercise then, mainly cardio on the wii. I was skeptical of it, how could just changing the timing of things fix anything, but figured that the worse that could happen was that I’d still have the dawn phenom. Have a great day 🙂

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