How to Control Food Cravings
Monday, November 26, 2012
Board Certified Clinical Nutritionist Byron J. Richards,
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Staying on a healthy diet is based on your ability to stay in charge of what goes into your mouth. As most people know, this is easier said than done. Just about every person who needs to lose weight knows what he or she is supposed to be eating.
Core to the issue is how your head feels. If it runs out of energy, feels heavy or agitated, then you are likely to eat. If you are eating and you don’t get a full signal, you will keep eating even if you know you have already had too much. And most of the time you will eat whatever portion of food is in front of you – even if you get a full signal and are only half done.
This takes place for various reasons, and can be summed up under the heading, “powerful survival urges gone wrong.” To get in charge of this situation you need to be more in control of the messages registering on your subconscious brain. When you do it right you don’t have to worry about eating too much because you simply don’t want to do so.
My Top Tips to Keep Your Appetite in Check
Daily Protein Plus is an ideal high protein breakfast that activates your metabolism and helps you eat less later in the day. It makes a fast and easy breakfast that elevates CCK, a natural metabolic full signal made in your digestive tract. It also contains fiber, another good food that helps smooth out your blood sugar and reduce fluctuations following a meal. Mix 1 scoop to 1 ½ scoops in the beverage of your choice. Blend in a piece of fruit (like a banana) or eat the fruit afterward.*
Pine Nut Oil is a fast and easy way to help elevate two leptin-supportive full signals; cholecystokinin (CCK) and glucagon-like peptide 1 (GLP-1). A recent randomized, double-blind cross-over trial showed that Pine Nut Oil helps regulate appetite. Within 30 minutes of ingesting 3 grams of the oil, women reported a 29 percent reduction in the desire to eat. Researchers showed this was because CCK was elevated 60 percent and GLP1 by 25 percent, a result that lasted four hours. Many people who take Pine Nut Oil report their head feels more awake. Pine nut oil can be taken with meals or between meals, as needed.*
LeptiSlim® and Cinnamon Plus are the two most popular products to help control sugar cravings. A sweet tooth spells doom for anyone’s dieting efforts. While either product works, many people use both if their cravings are tough. Both reduce the urge for sugar as well as help your body maintain normal sugar-related functions between meals.
Calcium AEP provides another option to help keep your brain in a satisfied condition. Calcium has a suppressing affect on Neuropeptide Y (NPY), a primary signal that makes you want to eat food. Research shows that your stomach makes more NPY when you are overweight, locking in the subconscious drive to eat even when you know you don’t need to do so. Calcium AEP in doses ranging from 3 to12 per day can help tame the appetite tiger.
Thyroid Helper® helps your head stay awake, especially in the afternoon. A heavy head is a distinct thyroid-related sensation that is sure to cause food cravings. When T4 levels elevate in your brain, your head conks out. Thyroid Helper® assists your body to take the T4 and turn it into T3 so you can stay energized – and awake!*
Stress Helper® is designed to keep your head out of a state of friction or “brain pain.” The unpleasant feelings of stress can be offset with a food fix that quickly travels to your stomach for storage. Not only does Stress Helper® directly help you burn fatty acids as fuel, but it also helps keep your head above the stress eating problem.*
Leptin is the key hormone that must get into your brain to turn on your energy as well as keep you truly satisfied. Being able to follow the Five Rules of the Leptin Diet is vital to regulate improper desires for food over time. Our convenient Leptin Control Pack® is often used to help keep you on a good eating plan. It contains Thyroid Helper®, Stress Helper®, LeptiSlim®, and Cinnamon Plus.
How much support you personally need will be based on your weak spots that cause you to eat too much, as well as the results you get when you try various products. Some people take all of these supplements, and others find that one or two of them make the most difference. When you can stay on the Leptin Diet by using only minor will power and self-discipline, then you have enough support.
For at least one month, keep taking whatever nutrients got you on track before you try to cut back on them. Once a healthy pattern takes hold you won’t need as much support to stay that way unless you get stressed-out.
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