Bringing your brain back into balance will help you put a stop to weight gain and can help make it easier to lose weight.
1. Cut high fructose corn syrup. Obviously, the first step to reversing the bad effects of high fructose corn syrup on your brain chemistry is to begin cutting it out of your diet. The first place to look is sweetened drinks. Most sodas in the U.S. are sweetened with high fructose corn syrup. Energy drinks. Juice drinks. Canned iced coffees. They’re the worst offenders when it comes to high-fructose. They also pack in a lot of calories and zero nutrition.
Our suggestion is that if you’re a regular soda drinker – and statistics suggest nearly half of Americans have at least a soda a day – switch to natural fruit juice, home-brewed tea, or good, old-fashioned water. If you’re worried about missing out on soda, make it a weekend treat or look for sodas sweetened with real sugar. Coke and Pepsi imported from Mexico use real sugar cane and so do Hansen’s brand sodas.
2. Eat At Peak “Brain Hunger” Times. Another way to stop your brain from sabotaging your health has to do with hormones. Hormones play a big role in energy levels, appetite, and mood. The hormone ghrelin specifically triggers your body’s hunger signals. You can’t shut off ghrelin production, but you can work with it instead of against it. For most people, ghrelin production peaks at 8am, 12pm, 3pm (a smaller peak) and 6pm. Try scheduling your meals and snacks for those times.
3. Eat Foods That Counter the Urge to Eat. When you eat, include foods that counter ghrelin. Foods that are either rich in protein or fiber and digest slowly work best. Try things like lean beef, plain yogurt, fish, oatmeal, or sweet potatoes. Cutting out most of the high fructose corn syrup in your diet, eating at times that make sense, and focusing on foods that will keep you full for longer can help bring your brain chemistry back into balance. And that will make your weight loss goals much easier to achieve.