The not-so-new weight loss tonic (that you already have)

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You’re at a lovely restaurant for dinner and after ordering a soda, the waiter brings a basket of warm bread rolls while you wait for your meal.

The bread is delicious, so you have a second helping, but you are still quite peckish when your pasta dish arrives. Before you know it, you’ve finished the whole bowl of pasta, and you sit back, with a happy feeling in your heart.

For dessert, it’s a decadent chocolate brownie with a double scoop of ice-cream. Halfway through, you consider stopping, but it is just so good, you simply can’t let this beauty of a dish go to waste.

You drive home feeling great, but soon after you arrive at home, your mood starts to wane. You feel too full and lethargic, irritated, and a bit guilty for having indulged in such a heavy meal.

But yet, you know there’s a chocolate bar in your grocery cupboard, and it’s calling your name…

You stop and ask yourself: “Why can’t I stop eating?”

“If only I could take a pill that would stop these cravings.”

The silenced hormone: leptin

There is a chemical substance that will stop these cravings. It’s called leptin, and you don’t even have to take a pill for it - your body is already producing it.

Leptin is a hormone that gives the body the message: “Stop Eating and Start Moving.”

But the body is not processing that message, because leptin is being blocked by the brain. It is effectively being drowned out by the message of another hormone: insulin.

And what’s insulin’s message? “Store fat.”

It’s probably every modern woman’s worst nightmare of a message! But bear in mind that some fat storage is necessary and important - and insulin has a very important role to play in the body. It’s just that too much insulin is causing a problem.

So I’m sure you’ll agree that we’ve got to quieten down that insulin, and give leptin a megaphone. How do we do that in the context of the body?

Controlling insulin

What raises insulin levels? The answer is simple: sugar and wheat flour, and all foods and drinks made from them.

So the solution to weight gain is to control the production of insulin in your body by reducing your consumption of sugar and flour, and all products made from them. Unfortunately, that is 90% of the products in our supermarkets… So you are going to have to have a few tricks up your sleeve.

And by the way, if you'd like to learn some of these “tricks” (which you’ll realise are not magical or complicated, but actually very simple to implement), then make sure you’ve signed up to my newsletter.

But controlling your insulin levels is not just about limitations. There are also some additions you can (and should) make to your diet.

And if you’ve grown up thinking that dieting means “low-fat”, you might be surprised to hear this.

You can control insulin is by adding healthy fats to each of your meals - with emphasis on healthy. Healthy fats - and again, only the healthy ones - help to regulate insulin.

The bottom line

If you want to lose weight for good, you’ve got to lower your insulin levels, so that leptin can do its job. There is no way around it.

And to lower insulin, you’ve got to remove (or significantly limit) sugar and flour from your diet; and add healthy fats.

P.S. Insulin is a significant hormone that inhibits the work of leptin - but it’s not the only one. Read about the role of another hormone, dopamine, in the weight gain puzzle.
And - spoiler alert - sugar is the culprit yet again…