The Diet Cure: The 8-Step Program to Rebalance Your Body Chemistry and End Food Cravings, Weight Gain, and Mood Swings–Naturally by Julia Ross understands that extra body weight is a complex, difficult problem. It’s compassionate, but it’s super scientific, too, with some of the best weight loss advice I’ve read.
- Eight major imbalances can cause overeating: (1) malnutrition due to low-calorie dieting; (2) unstable blood sugar; (3) low thyroid function; (4) food addiction and allergic reactions; (5) hormonal problems (imbalances with estrogen/progesterone/testosterone); (6) Candida; (7) deficiency of healthy fatty acids; (8) depleted brain chemistry / problems with mood and appetite regulators / low endorphins, serotonin (due to general stress, use of drug-like foods that inhibit production, and lack of amino acid from protein).
- Gherlin spikes are another cause of undue hunger. They “…show up as a quick rise in hunger within an hour after eating. Won’t trouble you when you’re diet but can happen when you eat more oil, fat. “Studies with animals show that a high meal can cause a rise in Ghrelin, the body chemical that signals hunger.” But too much oil can cause hunger, too. (Ross calls this being “fat hungry,” but notes that the right amount of fat is different for everyone.)
- Solutions to the above problems: amino acid supplements (the 4 key neurotransmitters are made of a.a.s), GABA, L-Tryptophan, other supplements; stabilizing blood sugar; getting more nutrition and calorie from food; avoiding sugar, flour and other food you crave excessively; ensuring you have enough EFAs, Omega-3’s and Omega 6’s; getting rid of Candida; getting thyroid thoroughly checked and treated; treating hormonal imbalances.
- The book cites a great deal of research on low-carb dieting. “Keep in mind that humans were free of degenerative diseases until the twentieth century. And almost no people were vegetarian.” (294)
- It also cites a Harvard school of Public Health study confirming that there is “. . . no association between low-carb diets and increased cardiovascular risk, even when these diets were
- For stress, use: GABA, 100-500mg.
- For depression, lack of energy, use: L-tyrosine, 500-1500mg.
- For cravings, use: L-glutamine, 500-1500mg 2-3x/day (for brain fuel).
- For being overly emotional, use: DL-phenylalanine (DLPA), 500-1500mg 2x/day (for the endorphins).
- For anxiety, depression, PMS, insomnia, use: 5-HTP, 50-150mg 2x/day (for serotonin) or L-tryptophan, 50-1500mg 2x/day, plus fish oil and chromium.
- DLPA/DPA and the most pure L-tryptophan are available only on the Web.
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