By Janine Fitzgerald | October 23, 2011
Every year, Americans spend millions of dollars on supplements that supposedly reduce the appetite, and if those products really worked, wouldn’t everyone be a lot thinner? According to my friend, Dr. Jason Schwartz, author of “Fit Into Your Genes”, it’s important to increase our level of leptin. Leptin, a hormone which is produced by fat cells, sends a signal to the brain that allows us to know when we’re full. Individuals who are leptin-resistant have a much higher tendency to be obese and therefore, should avoid certain foods that lower the body’s production of leptin. Some of those foods include:
-oils such as corn, safflower, sunflower, cottonseed, peanut, and soybean, in addition to items like margarine and mayonnaise
-meat and eggs from grain-fed animals
-partially hydrogenated oils and fried foods
-white flour and refined carbohydrates
Foods that tend to increase our production of leptin include:
-legumes, fruits, and vegetables
-grass-fed beef and omega-3 eggs
-raw almonds, walnuts, and cashews
-pumpkin seeds (they contain twice the amount of iron as beef)
-spices like garlic, ginger, fennel, and red pepper (I love them all!)
-organic oils such as extra virgin olive oil, grapeseed, and almond oil
Another way to reduce one’s appetite is by increasing the body’s production of cholecystokinin (CCK). CCK is a hormone which is released in the small intestines and allows us to know when we are full. Chlorophyll, which gives color to plants and green vegetables, increases CCK. So just like mom used to say, “Eat your veggies!” You could also amp-up CCK by using an organic greens superfood powder.
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