The Serotonin Power Diet
Contributed by: Judith J. Wurtman, PhD, and Nina Frusztajer Marquis, MD of The Serotonin Power Diet
You may have been told that "the road to weight ruin is paved with carbohydrates", according to the authors of The Serotonin Power Diet the opposite is true.
Judith J. Wurtman, PhD and Nina Frusztajer Marquis, MD believe that serotonin is actually the switch that turns off your appetite. They have found that as serotonin is made it begins to turn off your appetite and make you content with eating less. This in turn makes you resistant to stress-triggered overeating and can even make you feel more energetic.
Experiments suggested that serotonin is the key to controlling appetite so that people can stick to the portion sizes of a diet without difficulty. It is also the key to minimizing cravings for sweet and starchy snack foods, the downfall of many a dieter. By eating carbohydrates before a meal, serotonin is boosted. Serotonin will then work naturally to turn off your appetite. You eat less and are more satisfied.
The Serotonin Power Diet contains a detailed plan for success including "Road Signs", "Road Assistance" and "Road Blocks" which help you see what to expect during each week of the diet and help prevent or combat any potential problems.
I have to admit that The Serotonin Power Diet certainly looks like the kind of diet to which most people could stick. Enjoy this recipe from the Serotonin Balance and Control Lunches section:
Shrimp and Fennel Stir-Fry
This dish also tastes good cold. If you don't like fennel, substitute white mushrooms.
- 2 teaspoons olive oil
- 2 cups fennel bulb, cut into 1/4" slices
- 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper or hot sauce
- Large shrimp, uncooked, peeled and deveined - Women: 4 ounces/Men: 7 ounces
- 2 tablespoons lime juice
Heat the oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat.
Add the fennel, pepper, and garlic and cook for 5 minutes or until the fennel is tender but not mushy.
Add the red pepper and shrimp. Cook 4 to 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the shrimp are pink.
Add the lime juice and serve.
Makes 1 Serving
Per serving (women): 296 calories, 29 g protein, 21 g carbohydrates, 12 g total fat, 7 g dietary fiber, 515 mg sodium
Per serving (men): 389 calories, 47 g protein, 21 g carbohydrates, 14 g total fat, 7 g dietary fiber, 645 mg sodium
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