Lean Body Coaching Newsletter | Issue #170 | Dec 10th 2013
In this article, we're going to focus on the Top 10 Strategies you can start following immediately to Conquer Cravings, Handle Hunger and Control Your Appetite.
A little bit of hunger on a fat loss program is normal. To expect no hunger at all while in a calorie deficit is unrealistic.
However, if you leap for food every time you feel the slightest twinge of hunger, regardless of whether your calorie needs for the day have already been met or not, you will constantly be taking one step forward and one step back.
Your body's natural response to calorie restriction is to increase hunger and it's not just because there's nothing in your stomach -- it's more complicated than that. A lot of it has to do with hormones secreted by your fat cells (leptin) and by your stomach and gastrointestinal tract (Ghrelin, CCK, Neuropeptide YY and others).
These hormones interact with your central nervous system (brain/hypothalamus) in a way you could describe as turning up the hunger dial a notch. Calories go down, appetite goes up, and you go looking for food!