Who knew that our fat cells harbor the secret to controlling our appetite? Produced in fat cells, the hormone leptin helps control our appetites and metabolism. Author of The Leptin Diet, Byron J. Richards believes that mastering this fat hormone means preventing weight gain and obesity. His eating plan is not a diet, but rather a lifestyle based on "eating in harmony with leptin."
Think of leptin as a gas gauge. To know how much fuel you have left in your car, you check the gauge. Leptin serves the same purpose to your brain, telling it when you're low on energy and in need of fuel, aka food. Certain foods and eating habits can block leptin's message to your brain, so Richards developed five rules that allow leptin to do its job helping you maintain a healthy weight.
To learn the five rules of this leptin lifestyle, just
Let me point out that these rules come straight from Byron himself:
- Never eat after dinner. Allow 11 to 12 hours between dinner and breakfast, and finish eating dinner at least three hours before bed.
- Eat three meals a day. Allow five to six hours between meals and do not snack. Snacking causes leptin to malfunction.
- Do not eat large meals. Eat slowly and stop eating a meal when you are slightly less than full. Consistently eating large meals is the easiest way there is to poison your body with food.
- Eat a breakfast containing protein. Your metabolism can increase by 30 percent after a high-protein meal. A high carb meal such as cereal or a bagel will increase your metabolism only by four percent.
- Reduce the amount of carbohydrates eaten. Definitely eat some carbs, but don't overdo it. In each meal, half should be a protein source, and half should be a healthy carb.
To hear more, you can pick up his book called The Leptin Diet: How Fit Is Your Fat? ($15)
I could never wait that many hours between eating and am a firm believer in snacks. After reading all these rules, tell me, what's your opinion of The Leptin Diet?