Caving to Carbs? August 14 2013

We live in a stressed out society and that's the #1 reason we crave exactly what we shouldn't eat! Food is the problem, NOT the solution! Try taking an exercise break instead, or a nap, until the cravings subside and you can make a sensible choice that you won't regret later.

The TOP two reasons we crave are:

1.  Not Enough Protein

Make sure you have had your LynFit Complete Protein ShakeMissed it? Have it NOW! Cravings are a sign your body is missing something and I can assure you it's not chocolate or cookies! ALMOST all of us fall short when it comes to consuming enough protein. Did you know we need 1 gram per pound of lean body mass per day of LEAN protein (click HERE to read blog article)? Only LynFit Complete Protein Shake contains high grade whey that blocks cravings and cortisol - the hormone that's released when we are stressed that causes us to crave more and store fat and stops weight loss.

Are you so stressed you need to chew? Chew a LynFit Lean Bar! It's the only protein bar on the market specifically designed for weight loss because it contains the same high grade whey protein the LynFit Complete Protein Shake is made with!

2.  We Need Water!

Many cravings aren't food cravings at all because we need to hydrate. Drink a tall glass of water or ice water, or try hot tea with lemon as it kills cravings! Sip as much as you need until it passes. Did you know that you're supposed to drink 1/2 your body weight in ounces of water EVERY DAY? So, if you weigh 120, you need at least 60 ounces of water a day and COFFEE DOESN'T COUNT! Try floating lemons or limes in a tall pitcher and leave it out so you're tempted to drink from it every time you pass by it.

That being said, we all have trained our bodies to tell us when to eat versus teaching them how to burn fat for fuel instead. Make sure you're following the Cutting Edge eating plan found in my Fitness and Nutrition Guide so that you can curb cravings before they begin and lose 1 pound a day!

Three things you can do to prevent cravings:

Smart supplements taken at specific times can create a feeling of fullness and turn your hunger switch off!

1. Have a Complete Protein Shake or Lean Bar for breakfast because it boosts your metabolism 25%. It not only delivers THE VERY BEST source of protein for your body that helps you lose belly fat, but it also helps you lose weight right away while you're learning how to eat for weight loss. A study from the Pennington Bio-Medical Research Center in Louisiana found that people who eat Protein for breakfast are more likely to feel full during the day than those who eat cereal or other grains.

2.  Take (1) Carb Edge at lunch to balance blood sugar. Balancing blood sugar is the secret to balancing cravings! LynFit's Carb Edge is loaded with different fat burning nutrients blended together that will keep your body in fat burning mode versus fat storing mode. The best part - it contains white kidney bean extract called Phase 2 that literally paralyzes the enzymes that digest starch. So carbs cannot be broken down into sugar. The Phase 2 kidney bean extract has been clinically shown to reduce starch digestion and promote weight loss. It works by temporarily binding with the enzyme that digests starch, preventing a portion of the carbohydrates from being broken down into sugar and stored as fat. One capsule taken before a "cheat" meal can block up to 65% of unwanted carbs from being absorbed without causing gastric distress, according to a study published in the Nutrition Business Journal.

3.  Take Omega-3 at 3pm or 1 hour before cravings usually start. The good fat takes a while to digest, so taking it prior to the snack hour will shut off your hunger quickly!