In this episode of the gastric health show, we discuss eleven potential causes of sweet, salty, crunchy, and carb. cravings that can lead to regain and what you can do resolve them.
Avoiding regain after WLS is possible especially if cravings are controlled
Weight regain after gastric bypass or gastric sleeve surgery is a fear of most patients and rightfully so as research shows 60-70% of patients do regain weight. Many try to rely on will power to avoid eating the foods they know shouldn’t be eaten, but once cravings take-over the will power eventually fades and they find themselves purchasing the sweet, carby junk.
Are cravings really in your control?
Food manufacturers intentionally design packaged and processed food to be addictive
Food manufactures load packaged foods with addictive ingredients like sugars, sweeteners and starches to keep you buying their products. When you are relying on the food industry to fuel your body you are setting yourself up for uncontrollable cravings. So the first step in getting cravings under control require focus on four key areas of food.
Whole real foods send a message to your brain to shut down hunger and cravings allowing you to be satiated and satisfied, but sometimes its what is occurring at a cellular level that are driving cravings.
The biological piece that drives cravings
Most people feel guilty if they lose their will power when it comes to junk food, but few understand the biological piece that can drive cravings regardless of how strong your will power is. Many WLS doctors want to quickly prescribe appetite suppressants as soon as hunger & cravings begin or weight loss slows.
Fortunately, this is where Functional Medicine shines.
Cravings can be driven by gut health, hormones and adrenal dysfunction to name a few, so making sure appropriate hormones are evaluated and treated is a key piece to avoiding and losing regain, and to eliminate cravings for good.
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Here’s what one of our members has to say….
I loved the recipes… easy and my husband loved them, as did I. I felt full and satisfied. I have not had a low blood sugar since following your 10 Day Back on Track Class Meal Plan and that was my goal.
Plus, the loss of 4 pounds was an added bonus. Looking back I realize I was not eating the right foods therefore I was having low blood sugars. I have a whole new way of thinking when it comes to eating thanks to the Gastric Health Club and to you Dawn! Thanks!!
Your future health awaits…
5:20 Learn how to identify if your your tine is contributing to cravings
7:15 Learn to identify what drives “crunchy” cravings and solutions to correct cravings
9:45 Learn the importance of balancing blood sugars with protein, fats, and fiber to control cravings
14:25 Learn how gut imbalances drive cravings and how food choices impact the severity
19:00 Learn how excess estrogen and hormone imbalance drive sugar, carb and alcohol cravings
21:30 Learn the connection with stress and salty, sweet cravings that can be driven by adrenal dysfunction
23:45 Learn how inadequate sleep can increase cravings
24:25 Learn the connection with food sensitivities and cravings
26:00 Learn what you can do to eliminate cravings and how to identify where to start first
Listen, Learn, Enjoy…
References & Links:
- Emotional food cravings predicts poor short-term weight loss following laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy
- A different kind of craving: Incidence and treatment of Pica after Laparoscopic Roux-en-y Gastric Bypass
- RYGB progressively increases avidity for a low-energy, artificially sweetened diet in female rats
- Estradiol, SHBG and leptin interplay with food craving and intake across the menstrual cycle
- Effects of a Diet-based weight-reducing program with probiotic supplementation on satiety, efficiency, eating behavior traits, and psychosocial behaviors in obese individuals