Okay, so I’m personally a CHOCOHOLIC!! However, I must admit when I follow the tips below, my cravings can completely GO!
Cravings may be a sign that your body is heading towards leptin resistance, so for the purpose of this article, I’ll refer to the craving problemo as “Leptin Resistance”.
So what the heck is Leptin?
Leptin is a hormone secreted by the fat cells. It is our hunger hormone which suppresses food intake, thereby inducing weight loss! So when leptin isn’t working optimally this leads to leptin resistance –> An increase in your leptin levels in your body, but the brain is not being told “Hey, stop eating!” so you continue to feel hungrier and hungrier. This is similar to insulin resistance, when the pancreas continues to secrete insulin, but the body doesn’t know what to do with it.
Factors that contribute to Leptin resistance:
- Fructose consumption
- High stress levels
- Consumption of a lot of simple carbohydrates
- Lack of sleep
- High insulin levels
- Exercising too much
- Processed grains and lectin consumption
There are many different ways of combating leptin resistance. Here are just a few main tips to get you started…
- Eating minimal refined foods, sugars and fructose
- Consuming protein and healthy fats first thing in the morning
- Be in bed by 10pm!
- Get outside during the day, soak up the sun, walk barefoot
- Don’t snack. Snacking keeps your liver working and doesn’t let your hormones rest. Space meals 4 hours apart. Eat 4 hours before bedtime.
- Reduce exercise initially. Exercise is an additional stress on the body, let your body heal first.
- Ideal exercises: sprints and weight lifting. Reduce cardio activities. Workout in the evening, not in the morning – this will support hormone levels.
- Increase Omega- 3 foods (fish, grassfed meats, flaxseed, chia seeds). Minimize Omega-6 consumption (vegetable oils, conventional meats, grains). This will lower inflammation and support healthy leptin levels.
My final tip: never completely stop yourself from having the food that you crave. This generally makes matters worse. Portion control is best! 80% of the time eat healthy food and 20% of the time treat yourself 🙂 Or whatever ratio meets your individual needs!
Give these tips a go and see what works for you!