Look closely at the two plates on my dinner table. The one on the left is the sole survivor of a set my mother fed us with in the 1950’s. It can still get the job done, but as you can see it is dwarfed by the more modern one on the right. This “new improved version” has over 30% more “feedin” room, and a handy little rise and lip on the edges so you can really load that baby up. Its too bad that this expression of opulence has enlarged the average American waistline to about the same degree.
Portion control is a very serious obstacle that people must overcome if they have any hope of shedding those excess pounds. If you read my last post, I gave some recommendations for avoiding hunger by adding more “mini-meals” throughout the day. These preprepared snacks tend to level out your appetite, and also have a positive effect on your insulin/glucagon axis, which means they keep your blood sugar within a steady healthy range. The keyword here is preparation, you want to have meals and snacks ready in advance. Diet smarter, not harder!
Today I’ve got a couple of relatively new but easily available dietary supplements to add to your arsenal. They both help to control your appetite and work in multiple ways to aid in fat burning and weight loss.
The first one is a handy spice you may have heard of – safron. Safron not only adds zest to certain dishes, but it doubles as a mood enhancer in certain cultures, and it does this by stimulating the production of seratonin, a calming neurotransmitter that also provides one of the main signals of satiety at the end of meals. Many antidepression prescription drugs called SSRI’s or “selective seratonin reuptake inhibitors” work to maintain seratonin in the synaptic junction between neurons. This tends to inhibit other antagonizing ones, delivering the calming effect. A team of French researchers have shown that safron can dramatically lessen between meal hunger, and also reduce that need to eat and eat until you can barely stand up. Safron can be found on the spice counter and goes well with many meals.
The other on I would encourage you to try is called Irvingia Gabonensis, a derivative of the African Mango plant. Irvingia works in many ways to curb hunger and cut down on the urge to overeat. Have you ever heard of Leptin? This is a hormone produced in adepocytes that tries to tell the brain when they have had enough. The trouble is that even though fat people have a lot of adepocytes, and actually produce more leptin, their bodies have developed a sort of resistance to it that shortcircuits their intended function.
Another problem is that fat cells also produce C-reactive protein (CRP) which has dire cardiovascular consequences and can also interfere with the function of leptin. Incidentally, one of the most effective ways of inhibiting crp is to eat fish or take omega 3 supplements.
Irvingia has shown great promise in reversing leptin resistance. It also works by inhibiting an enzyme that stores glucose as triglycerides in adepose tissue. In other words, it helps you to feel fuller, and helps you to lessen the fat build up from eating too much. If you have trouble controlling in between meal junk food snacking and overeating, why not give it a try? I don’t know about you but I find it easier to pop a healthy plant derived pill than to put up a constant battle of willpower and abstinence!
I have to confess that I ended up taking the plate on the right. In fairness I only filled it once, just enough food for a growing boy like me!
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