I am trying desperately hard to get my appetite back down to a normal level.
After my going off-going on birth control..my body fat has shot up and my appetite went with it of course.
I am trying to lose that weight from the hormones, but finding it INCREDIBLY hard to suppress this ravenous appetite.
I have tried Leptin Reset, Fattier meats, lowering carbs, etc
Just not working..
Wondering anyones successful attempts at getting their appetite back in check (even in the midst of some hormonal imbalance)
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on May 08, 2012
at 03:26 PM
The first thing for me is that I can't outright exercise, or I will become ravenous. If I walk a bunch (a few miles a day, on average) with a little bit of sprinting (to catch the bus) or walking up stairs, it doesn't trigger my hunger. But if I do even just 20 minutes of exercise, such as some weightlifting and medicine ball throws interspersed with walking breaks, I'm super hungry for days. So I try to focus on movement in general, and avoid the mindset of exercise.
But with that caveat, what really seems to have made the difference for me was supplementing with B vitamins. I had been supplementing with D and K2 for about a month, and then I started taking B12 (methylcobalamin), B9 (folate), B3 (niacinamide), and B6 (P-5-P). Within a week I realized my appetite had gone way down, such that I was naturally eating 3 meals a day without the need for snacking, and my cravings for chocolate went away. I have the inefficient variant of the MTHFR gene (heterozygous C677T) and have celiac disease, so I was probably deficient in the b-vitamins, and that was partially triggering my hunger and cravings.
So if your hunger is high and you don't know why, maybe consider micronutrient deficiencies. I believe Paul Jaminet has written about this before, too, as part of his lean tissue feedback theory of obesity.
on May 08, 2012
at 05:06 AM
If it's legal where you live, Ephedra. The whole powdered herb, not the extracted alkaloid. L-Glutamine is supposed to be wonderful for sugar cravings in particular.
Fasting is a tried and true method of getting your body's hunger in check. You sound like you might benefit from extended fasting.