Next time you’re thinking about a cheat meal, you shouldn’t feel guilty! Turns out, cheat meals may actually help increase your fat burning potential. HYLETE Health Advisor Thomas DeLauer introduces Leptin and explains how it plays a key factor in the cheat process. Watch now so you can have a successful cheat day!

Key Terms:

Leptin- a signaling hormone that communicates with the brain to burn fat.

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From 280lbs to the Covers of Magazines... All by living a lifestyle that is honest and real. Thomas DeLauer brings the nutrition expertise along with a unique perspective on health and wellness that is everything HYLETE.

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Leptin and cheat meals, here's how you need to know when it's time for a cheat meal. All right, you have this thing in your body called leptin. Leptin is a signaling hormone that's released by the white adipose tissue. It's released by fat cells and it communicates with the brain, so basically when you have high levels of leptin, the leptin is calling your brain and it's telling your brain that you have enough fat on hand, so the brain can trigger the metabolism to burn hotter and faster.

More leptin means a metabolism can rev up. When you start dieting for a long period of time, your leptin levels start to diminish. They start to go down, which means they call the brain. They say, "Hey, put on the brakes. We don't have enough fat on hand, to slow down the metabolism." It's a miscommunication, so here's what you need to do. Once every month or so you need to make sure that you eat at or slightly above your baseline calorie if you're dieting, to restore your leptin levels, so that you can continue to burn fat and get in shape.