HOW LEPTIN HELPS YOU BURN FAT
The little- known hormone leptin ignites fat burning in many, says high- fat pioneer Kat James
The idea that you can change your diet to make your body burn fat as its primary fuel is something I fi rst heard about in 2002, when I was introduced to Kat James and her then- radical dietary views. Having endured a 12- year battle with an eating disorder and near liver failure, James began overhauling her diet. After years of trial and error, she discovered a sustainable way of eating that left her 10 dress sizes smaller, brightened her dark moods, and freed her of food obsession.
Excited by her personal transformation, James gave up a career as a celebrity makeup artist to devote her life to sharing what she’d discovered. After seven years of helping others achieve the same kind of biochemical “fl ip” she’d experienced, James saw her theories validated by Ron Rosedale, MD, one of the foremost experts on the hormone leptin. Rosedale was so impressed with James’s regimen and outcomes that he directed an audience of diabetes doctors and their patients to follow her protocol. Neurological, functional medicine, fertility, and other clinics around the world have since followed suit.
Today, with a tidal wave of science validating James’s theories— and many formerly fat- shy doctors, authors, and bloggers jumping on the high- fat bandwagon— we sat down with the woman who’s been called the “Jane Goodall of leptin.” We talked about her revolutionary ideas and her 27- year track record of helping people lose weight and regain their health by harnessing the power of this key fat- burning hormone.
How do people become “fat- burners”?
First, we should defi ne “fat- burner,” because that defi nition is as varied as the guidelines for achieving it. Nature’s most effi cient fat- burning state requires the optimal function of leptin, which also aff ects every other hormonal, neurological, infl ammatory, digestive, and immune process in the body. So, merely having the ability to burn off some fat sometimes— or even to get fi t and muscular, if you work really hard at it— doesn’t make you a fat- burner. In fact, it all but guarantees that you’re a sugar- burner.
So how do you know if you’re a fat- burner?
When you regain leptin sensitivity, you will experience a pronounced drop in appetite, clearing of brain fog, deeper sleep, unusual calmness with even energy ( no more energy dips), loss of excess fl uid related to infl ammation, digestive correction, improvement or resolution of other health issues, and speedy fat loss and muscle gain, independent of exercise.
With so many dietary guidelines out there now, do you see contradictions in what you’ve observed to be effective at achieving fat- burner status?
Yes. The science supporting high- fat, low- carb diets is generally well covered in most books on the subject. But the practical application for the long- term is a true frontier that can’t easily be studied. It has taken me nearly 30 years of on- site
James, 52, started her dramatic selftransformation in 1990. Since then, she’s led 88 retreats and has become known as the “Jane Goodall of leptin.”