How PYY controls your appetite and cravings
Well, PYY is a hormone in your body called Peptide YY. PYY is an important hormone that that controls your appetite and signals you to stop eating.
PYY has also been shown to increase your leptin sensitivity, which is a good thing. If you've read my book or a lot of my past newsletters, you already know that leptin is an important hormone that keeps your metabolism humming in high gear!
So how do we increase PYY so that we can control our appetite best when considering the quantity of calories we've ingested? Great question and surprisingly, I have a simple answer for you...
Proteins and fats increase PYY in your body to a great extent. Carbohydrates do almost nothing for PYY.
Therefore, if you've been following my advice and eat a nice hearty protein and healthy fat rich breakfast such as whole eggs, veggies, healthy grass-fed meats, and avocado, you'll increase your PYY and control your appetite for the rest of the day so well, that you'll easily control your caloric intake without much effort.
However, if you've ignored my advice, and continue to eat the typical american breakfast of cereals, muffins, toast, bagels, orange juice, and sugar-loaded coffees... your appetite the rest of the day is going to be ravenous and very hard to control as you've done nothing to stimulate appetite-killing PYY in your body. And just to clarify, high fiber cereals and bran muffins are still total junk and are not necessary nor optimal for good health or fat loss.
If you don't like eggs for breakfast, seek out another high protein, high fat (healthy fat) based breakfast such as a protein meal replacement such as BioTrust Low-Carb (the best tasting protein I've ever had!) with added almond butter and coconut milk for extra healthy fats... this is a great PYY-increasing, appetite-satisfying breakfast if you don't have time to cook.
...Or maybe have hard boiled eggs and veggie sticks from the night before to take on the road with you if you don't feel like you have time to make eggs each morning.
I hope today's quick tip helps... remember, it's ALL about protein and healthy fats to control appetite and maximize your good hormones, and give you stable energy... on the other hand, those typical carb-dominated breakfasts (the typical american breakfast) just destroy your ability to control your appetite and also keep you on a wild blood sugar ride all morning... not good!
If you haven't already seen this, I highly recommend watching my friend, and fellow nutritionist, Isabel De Los Rios' information packed nutrition video:
So-called "healthy" foods to NEVER eat (if you want a flat stomach)
This video is chock full of great tips to eat healthier and get lean!
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