The Leptin Diet is a common sense diet. It restricts portions, encourages healthy eating habits, and cuts out snacking. Designed by a clinical nutritionist, this diet has quickly become the darling of medical professionals when advising patients on the best way to lose weight safely and effectively. “I explain [the diet] to patients and their reaction is always the same,” Connie Edmunds, a registered dietician at Massachusetts General Hospital said. “They’re amazed at how simple and straightforward the rules are. Patients are more successful on this diet than any other I’ve suggested.”
No Snacking After Dinner
The Leptin Diet’s cardinal rule is to eat at meal times and no more. Doctors have warned of the dangers of eating between meals and snacking after dinner for years. Leptin established this rule as one of the most important to follow. Extra calories, especially when the body is less active can increase body fat. Eat dinner no less than three hours before bedtime and be sure to avoid snacking before bedding down for the night.
Eat Three Meals Per Day
Three square meals a day is essential to the Leptin Diet. Meals should be spaced 5 to 6 hours apart, with each meal consisting of fresh, good foods. However, Leptin is not a stickler for calorie counting, so something a little richer now and then isn’t against the diet. Snacking, nonetheless, is forbidden and cravings between meals should be satisfied with a bottle of water to fill the stomach.
Do Not Eat Until Full
Portion control is important to almost every diet, but Leptin does not have strict guidelines to follow. 400-600 calories is the aim for each meal, but Leptin employs a little trick. Never finish a meal when full. Always cease eating before feeling full. This limits the intake of food and prevents the dieter from overeating.
Protein in the Morning
The Leptin Diet calls for about 30 grams of protein in the morning to boost energy and keep the dieter full longer.
Carbohydrates should be limited while using the Leptin Diet. Carbs help the body burn fat and calories, so cutting them completely from a diet isn’t ideal. An adequate amount of carbs keeps the body functioning, while not overindulging in a mealtime favorite. Limited carbs certainly does not mean absent.