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weight loss cravings

One of the hardest things when it comes to losing weight is curbing your hunger, especially when you start cutting calories.

To lose weight, you must lose some calories from your daily caloric intake. However, cutting calories causes those food cravings to rear their ugly head and even with the best intentions it is hard to thwart those cravings. To eliminate cravings while keeping your caloric intake reduced, keep your blood sugar levels consistent throughout the day by eating every three hours with some lean protein. This helps you avoid insulin spikes and crashes, and keeps your hormones balanced, including the hormone cortisol which has been linked to weight gain. Make sure you’re eating lean protein every three hours and not processed carbohydrates like bread, pasta or cookies which will only spike your insulin levels and do everything but allow you to lose weight.

Additionally, You Can Also Try the Following to Help Curb Your Cravings:
  • 5 Hydroxytryptophan (5-HTP): this amino acid blunts carb cravings by tricking your body into thinking you’ve just downed a bowl of pasta. How? Because it’s converted into serotonin, the same brain chemical that’s released when you eat carbs. Take 100-200 mg with food, preferably later in the day.
  • Chromium: helps reduce insulin resistance so more sugar is allowed to into muscle cells to get burned (instead of stored as fat). And with less insulin circulating, you can burn more fat. Take 200 mcg with food.
  • Fiber: slows the digestion of carbs and their delivery into the bloodstream, helping to maintain balanced blood sugar levels and eliminate cravings. Fiber also helps utilize carbs for energy rather than be stored as fat. Take 1 to 2 gm an hour before each meal.
  • Appetite Suppressants: this help completely eliminates cravings and hunger. If interested in learning if you qualify to take appetite suppressants, call Calla Slimspa Medical Weight Loss. Part of our program includes utilizing appetite suppressants to help you curb your cravings and lose weight.