Although I have been having very good success with my low-carb / Paleo / GAPS diet to improve my PCOS and control my weight, I think that it is time for me to switch things up.
My weight went up during winter (without any changes to my diet / exercise of course, thanks to PCOS!) and I managed to lose part of it without doing anything special and just eating my same usual diet.
However, I have been stuck at a higher weight than I would like to. About 10-15 lbs or so. I don’t know for sure since I don’t have a scale anymore, but I have some of my old smaller size jeans that I used to fit in last year, albeit for a short period of time, that I would like to fit in again.
The other problem I have is that I am almost always constantly hungry and craving foods. I manage to control myself and fill me up with low-carb Paleo & GAPS-friendly foods, especially zucchini, eggs, ghee and mashed carrots with coconut oil and cinnamon, but I am just tired of having to restrict myself so much. I often feel like I could eat all day!!! Even with such a restricted, limited and boring diet, I can’t seem to get enough. Of course, I have tried increasing my fat intake and it works to some level… but it makes me gain weight!
Obviously, there is still something wrong with my hormones. I decided to do an experiment and give the leptin reset protocol elaborated by neurosurgeon Dr. Jack Kruse a try. Here is what I will do, starting tomorrow:
Eat within 30 minutes of rising
- Make sure breakfast is little to no carbs (less that 50 grams)
- LOTS of protein (50-75 grams)
- Overweight: limit carbs to 25 grams
- Fit: less than 30 carbs
- DO NOT count calories
- How to eat/use your fuel (most important)
- NO SNACKING! Snacking destroys timing and circadian clocks that work in unison with Leptin
- Most will notice a change in cravings within 4-6 weeks
- Eat 3 meals a day initially (as your hunger and cravings fade you can adapt to 2 a day)
- Other DOs and DON’Ts
- Do not work out before or after breakfast (if you must work out do it after 5pm)
- Do allow 4-5 hours between dinner and bedtime
- Trouble sleeping? Do 3-5 minutes of body weight exercises (i.e. pushups or squats)
I usually have breakfast later in the morning and it is usually my most light meal of the day so getting 50 grams of protein within 30 minutes of waking up will probably be a challenge in the first few days, but I am definitely curious to see whether it helps me keep my mind off food for the rest of the day…
I had also been spreading my food into 4-5 times a day in an attempt to keep cravings at bay, but it is obviously not working. I will basically be eating the same thing and same amount of food, but the timing will be very different. Let’s see if it is the missing ingredient for me!
I’ll keep you posted….! =)
Have you tried the leptin reset? Did it work for you?