HOW LEP­TIN HELPS YOU BURN FAT

The lit­tle- known hor­mone lep­tin ig­nites fat burn­ing in many, says high- fat pioneer Kat James

Better Nutrition - - FRONT PAGE - BY NI­COLE BRECHKA

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.”

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