From taking a glimpse of the program, if I found the correct one, the author is recommending to fix leptin resistance by eating breakfast?
If so, I'm sorry, but that's complete nonsense. Leptin resistance occurs from being too fat. Because leptin is produced by fat cells. What happens is if you get too fat, you also produce too much leptin. Leptin is a hormone that makes you feel ful. And what happens when you get too fat and keep eating like a pig all the time, is your body develops a resistance to the hormone and starts ignoring the signals that would normally tell you that you have enough energy and that it's time to stop eating. When insulin resistant, essentially you feel like you're hungry all the time even though you just got done eating and you've got a ton of energy available stored all over your body.
If you understand what leptin is and does and why leptin resistance occurs, it'd be easy to see that the only way to cure it is to stop eating so much and make it so you aren't fat anymore. And the only way to do that is to eat less.
This is why eating breakfast can't correct the problem of leptin resistance. It can only make it worse. Because you are leptin resistant from being fat and eating too much, and you are fat because you eat too much. Eating breakfast only makes you fatter. Because it's eating.
Anyways, I guess the idea you're looking at is to regain leptin sensitivity? Well, guess what happens when you eat less and get thin again. Leptin drops into the dirt. And that isn't necessarily a bad thing. Because the good news is that your body's leptin sensitivity is restored. And that means when you eat a good meal, leptin will be produced, your body will respond to it the way you should, you'll feel ful like you should, and you'll stop eating.
This is why while eating less makes you lose weight, it's also fine and can even be helpful to include some high calorie days. Because the high calorie days cause leptin to go back up again. And this is a good thing. This is what you want. In a normal healthy body, high leptin and low leptin are neither good or bad. Allow me to explain:
If your body produces zero leptin (this is actually a very rare disease), you'll feel like you are starving all the time no matter how fat you are and no matter how much you eat. This is the same thing that happens with leptin resistance. The body doesn't get the signal no matter how high leptin is, and so you stay hungry all the time.
But in a normal healthy lean body, leptin will naturally go low when you don't eat for a while, and eventually you'll get hungry. Then when you eat, leptin will go high again for a while, and you'll feel ful. This is normal. This is good.
Now if you starve yourself on the other hand, or severely restrict calories for an extended period of time, leptin levels can go down and stay down for a long time. The result is, you end up feeling hungry all the time, and you'l be more likely to binge and gain the fat back. Now theoretically this looks cute. But in reality I some how don't think it really happens this way. If there is any truth to it, I'm pretty sure that's mainly with people who have been severely starved and are underweight. And in such cases, I would find it highly unlikely that they would binge to the point where they'd be obese. Instead, my bet is that as they regained healthy weight, leptin levels would eventually go back to normal and so would their hunger and eating patterns.
So the good news is, most people trying to lose weight will never have to worry about leptin levels getting too low. And even if they did, periodically including high calorie meals would solve this problem. And seeing as though people who are overweight love to eat, I'd say there'd be no reason to force it because they're going to slip and have a high calorie meal from time to time anyways. My idea is simply not to force a super strict diet all the time. You can do a lot of low calorie days to lose weight. Then once in a while if you feel like you really want to, have a high calorie meal. Then everything will be ok.
Anyways, I hope that helps. I know it was rather long. But the main message I'm giving is that if you have hunger problems due to leptin resistance, it's going to be like that until you aren't fat anymore. And I suppose the only thing you can do about it is to eat satisfying foods to subside the hunger, essentially lots of protein and get your carbs from the right sources as well. Then fast when you can. My bet is that fasting would be very difficult initially.
But my experience actually does match up with this. Have you ever noticed how some supposedly naturally lean or thin people always seem to know exactly when they are ful and so they stop? And that happens even if they eat junk food. But it's never like that for fat people. And there's a reason for it. The thin person's hunger mechanisms are working properly because they aren't fat. But the fat person has developed leptin resistance. What I noticed after I lost a lot of weight is that I started feeling ful quicker just like a skinny person would, and just the same no matter what I ate. This is what you want.
Now as for the BCAA's and protein shakes, that's a bunch of nonsense too. They had strong and muscular men 100 years ago before the invention of protein shakes and all that. Lift heavy weights and you will be big and strong. Eat less and the fat will go away. Exercise regularly and you will mentally feel good.
I just have a few more comments on hunger and leptin.
First of all, the only people who are going to be leptin resistant are obese people, and possibly overweight people. If you aren't very fat, chances are you don't have any issues with leptin resistance.
Lastly, let's talk about hunger. One extra reason why fat people think they are hungry all the time is because they don't know what real hunger really is. My best friend happens to be a real thin person who doesn't like to eat too much and fills up rather quickly. He's also been known to fast for about 24 hours once in a while because he's busy or lazy.
When I first learned about intermittent fasting, I started to ask him about it, because I knew he did this naturally. I realized that when I was first afraid to fast, I didn't know what I was afraid of, because I was used to eating six meals per day. I asked him what real hunger was. He said to me that real hunger is when your stomach physically hurts, that's when you know your really hungry and you need to eat.
Since then, I fast regularly. I've fasted for a few days many times. I've even fasted for up to 4 days straight. I'm still about 10 lbs overweight. And I can honestly tell you that so far I have never felt that feeling that my friend has explained to me. When you have extra fat on your body, (unlike my friend who has little to none), fasting is a breeze.
That is why I say. Fat people have no clue what real hunger is. What they really need is a reality check, to stop whining, and to stop eating so much.