- Walking past a table full of holiday treats and not even being tempted by them.
- Finally fitting into that party dress you’ve had hanging in your closet.
- Saying no to late night cravings.
- Losing weight during the holidays.
You can! With my holiday weight loss secret.
Temptation starts with Halloween, with bowls of candy everywhere you go. Then it’s Thanksgiving, with beautiful tables full of favorite family comfort foods that are sure to put inches on our waistlines. And finally, there’s Hanukkah and Christmas, where decadent treats and holiday parties full of festive cocktails are practically a daily occurrence.
It seems inevitable to gain at least a few seasonal pounds, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Weight loss during the holidays starts with first understanding why you have cravings that seem impossible to resist, and then learning how to stop them in their tracks.
Why Am I So Hungry?
Hunger is a powerful, persistent force that drives us to eat in order to fuel our bodies and store energy for later. Ideally, the hunger mechanism is turned off once we’ve got enough energy stored – in the form of fat – to keep us going. But, for many of us, we’re not getting the signal to stop eating. It seems like we’re always hungry, craving foods we know really aren’t good for us, and packing on the pounds.
Hunger is an essential part of our metabolism, and is controlled by a hormone called leptin. Leptin is produced by your fat cells, and tells your brain how much energy is available and where it needs to go. It signals when to be hungry, when to reproduce, and when to maintain and repair cells.
When leptin is working properly, it will increase as your fat stores increase, which signals your brain to turn off hunger and feel full. Your brain then tells you to stop eating, stop storing fat, and start burning the energy in that fat. Ideally you should also feel energized when you have enough calories stored and available to burn. But for many of us, we have leptin resistance, and instead our weight goes up while our energy level goes down.
Clues That Your Leptin is Rising
For most of us, the problem isn’t willpower – it’s leptin resistance. Irresistable carb cravings that lead to overeating, all while feeling like you’re starving are the hallmark signs of leptin resistance. And as the inflammation increases from the leptin surges, other signs show up as well, including in your blood tests.
If you have your yearly bloodwork and triglycerides are going up, leptin may be to blame. If your health care provider tests for hs-CRP (high sensitivity C-reactive protein), you may notice this is on the rise as well. You may also have all the signs of a thyroid issue, with tests being in the upper ranges of normal, all thanks to leptin.
Chronic inflammation from high leptin levels takes its toll on your achy joints by breaking down cartilage, and also suppresses your immune system. And if all that isn’t enough, it also causes hormone imbalance, by signaling your ovaries to make more testosterone, and tips the scales to estrogen dominance, causing a whole cascade of hormone symptoms, including infertility.
To stop leptin resistance in its tracks, we have to understand how we got here in the first place. What’s really behind it all may surprise you.
Why Am I Leptin Resistant?
Leptin resistance is a cousin to insulin resistance, and they are both triggered by the same environmental conditions. We’ve had decades of bad nutritional advice telling us to ditch the fat in favor of carbs, and all we’ve done is gain weight and develop chronic diseases like cancer and diabetes. This same diet that causes inflammation and chronic disease also causes such a surge in leptin production that your cells become resistant to it.
The steady influx of carbs and sugars we’ve been duped into making the mainstay of our diets has caused our leptin resistance and weight gain. Whether it’s sugar, fruit juice, grains or processed foods, it all leads to leptin resistance and feeling hungry all the time. The key to reversing leptin resistance is in your diet – not just what you eat but when you eat.
What to Eat to Lower Leptin
For years now, researchers have been trying to develop a medication to lower leptin levels, without success. The right diet has been shown to consistently reverse leptin resistance and is the key to losing weight, staving off cravings, and getting your energy and health back.
The diet that lowers leptin levels is:
- Low in carbs
- Moderate in good quality proteins
- High in essential Omega 3 and Omega 6 fats
- And keeps insulin and blood sugar levels consistent throughout the day, without highs or lows
The best Christmas present you can give yourself this year is a copy of Ann Louise Gittleman’s Radical Metabolism, which not only has the ideal diet to lower your leptin levels, but helps you restore health at the cellular level while reversing a toxic metabolism. If you are fat, fatigued, and have all the signs of leptin resistance, this is the best diet and lifestyle plan for you.
But what can you do during this indulgent season while you make plans to get your diet on track?
Three Keys to Lower Leptin and Trigger Weight Loss During the Holidays
Changing your diet during the holidays is no easy task. But the good news is there are things you can do in the meantime to rev up your metabolism, keep cravings in check, and start lowering your leptin levels.
- Hemp for the Holidays
Hempseed oil is rich in the essential Omega 6 and Omega 3 fats and has “golden ratio” your body needs to nourish cells, curb cravings, and trigger fat loss. Aim for at least one tablespoon per day drizzled over vegetables, mixed into salad dressings, or even taken by the teaspoonful with meals.
2. It’s Not Just What You Eat But When You Eat That Makes the Most Impact
Intermittent Fasting has taken the dieting world by storm, and for good reason – it resets your leptin levels, cuts your hunger, and makes you feel full faster. Intermittent fasting isn’t a calorie restriction – it’s about getting all of your calories for the day in an 8 to 10 hour window of time during the day, so your body goes through an extended overnight fast. This pattern of eating can easily be accommodated during the holidays to keep your immune system tuned up and your weight loss on track. For instance, if you have a schedule full of evening holiday parties, simply start your eating around 10am and finish no later than 8pm, to give your body a long enough overnight fast to reset your hormone levels.
3. Get Radical and Give Your Metabolism a Boost
Healthy eating through the holidays is a challenge, there’s no doubt about it. But you can curb your cravings, give your metabolism a boost, and help lower your leptin levels with the herbs found in our Radical Metabolizer. Help your body burn fat for energy, slim your waistline and curb your appetite, making it easier to say no to tempting treats and sugary festive cocktails.