Leptin is the hormone that controls fat metabolism, and it operates differently in men and women.
The Venus Factor plan differs from other diets because it’s designed to control your metabolism by impacting both the level of leptin and the effectiveness of leptin in YOUR body.
This is why Venus is so much better than every other diet plan on the market: it’s designed specifically for women’s physiology and metabolism. Then it’s fine tuned to YOUR individual physiology.
The 12 week program, the 12 week weight loss program, which comes with Venus sets out a protocol showing you exactly what you need to do each week while you’re dieting.
Having said that, even here the details of the protocol are adjusted to fit your specific requirements. That’s done by the use of the unique Venus Factor diet calculator program which is provided free of charge as part of your membership.
It’s what Author John Barban calls your Venus Factor virtual nutritionist.
This free program will produce two important calorie counts for you each week: first, the calories you need to eat in a week, to maximize your fat loss, and second, the number of calories you can eat if you wish to maintain your weight at a certain point.
Each week, the 12 week program will show you precisely how to use those numbers to ensure that you continue to lose weight and achieve your target weight at the end of the program.
This is a 12 week rapid weight loss program.
And I’m really sorry if anything that I’ve written above isn’t clear: what I need to emphasize is that the PDF manual you receive when you join includes complete instructions on how to use the software, so it’s actually very simple to get the data you need out of the system.
And, once you have that data, you’ll find it very simple to use the numbers to work out what you need to eat and how you need to exercise. The system takes you step-by-step through that process as well.
In another post I’m going to actually look at the detail of the exercise regime and how it operates, but for now I want to focus on the science of leptin.
The Science of Leptin
Maybe you’ve never have heard of leptin before, but it’s important to review and understand how it plays a role in determining weight gain and loss for women.
So, to start at the beginning: leptin is a hormone which plays a key role in regulating energy expenditure and food intake, by controlling appetite and hunger, metabolism and even behavior.
It’s derived from fat, and is actually one of the most important hormones in the human body. In effect it operates on your brain to regulate your food intake and your body weight as well as the amount of fat that is laid down or released from your fat stores.
The extraordinary thing about leptin is that scientists only recently discovered it, around the year 2000.
The more fat you have, the more leptin the body secretes. The leptin circulates in the blood, and acts on the brain to regulate food intake and energy expenditure.
If the level of fat in your body falls, the leptin level in your blood stream will also fall. This stimulates your appetite and suppresses energy expenditure until your fat has been restored to its normal level.
By contrast, when fat mass in the body increases, the level of leptin in the bloodstream increases, and this actually suppresses your appetite.
The effect of these two opposing actions of leptin should be to maintain a stable level of fat within a relatively narrow range.
However, as we know, things don’t always work out as they should. Anyone reviewing the scientific literature will quickly find that even good science reviews don’t yet have complete knowledge about leptin and how it operates in the body.
One of the problems is that the body can develop leptin resistance. This means that even a high level of leptin in the bloodstream doesn’t cause the loss of fat from your fat stores, as it ought to do. This turns out to be because the body’s response to leptin is often a bit sluggish.
One of the key things that the Venus Factor does for you is to kickstart your body in its response to leptin, so that once again the relationship between the level of leptin in the bloodstream and the release of fats is re-established.
In other words, the Venus Factor makes leptin work harder, so that your body stops laying down fat and releases it instead.
That’s why the Venus Factor weight loss plan is such an exciting approach to weight loss.
As you can see, this is an explanation of weight gain and loss that goes far beyond the simplistic idea that you should just go on a diet and exercise more, and all will be well.
The truth is that if leptin isn’t working in your body, you can exercise as much as you like, and you won’t necessarily lose very much weight.
Sidebar: Here’s a quote from a reviewofvenusfactor:
“Leptin is produced and released by body fat and one of its many duties is to signal your brain to recognize the amount of fat on your body.
“It is also released in response to eating and tells your brain how much food you’ve just ingested. It also responds to exercise intensity and duration. This means that if you can manipulate your leptin levels, then you can influence the way in which your body lays down or releases fat stores.
The Venus factor gives you four different ways to increase your sensitivity to leptin, which basically means four different ways to lose weight. (And you do this without dramatic increases in your leptin, because that will produce massive food and carbohydrate cravings.)”
So I’m sure you can see by now that the principle behind your Venus Factor diet plan is to increase your body’s sensitivity to leptin.
What’s more amazing is that you can actually use the amount of food you’re eating to restore leptin to the appropriate level for your body. The appropriate level is one that never drops too far, because as you know, when leptin drops, your brain takes it as a signal to go out and find fatty food.
This makes the Venus Factor one of the most revolutionary diet plans ever developed for women.