Sometimes losing weight is more a matter of what you’re not getting, than of what you are. If your diet lacks magnesium – and most North Americans are deficient – the following frustrations may be yours:
- You never feel satiated, even when you’ve overeaten
- You crave simple carbs: sugary, starchy foods
- Your fat stores seem ultra-resilient, especially around your abdomen
There are several mechanisms at play:
- Your calorie-intake may be adequate, but if you’re magnesium-deficient, you’ll be nutrient-starved. Magnesium activates enzymes responsible for digestion, absorption and use of proteins, fats and carbohydrates. Your body will believe it’s not getting enough, and you’ll crave.
- Without adequate magnesium your insulin and glucose levels go haywire, leading the body to store fat around your middle and driving you on a never-ending quest for sugar.
- Low magnesium allows stress hormones to hijack your metabolism and drive sugar cravings. A body under stress will reflexively hoard fat.
- You sleep poorly and compensate for fatigue with calorie-rich pick-me-ups. Followers of Penelope Cruz may be familiar with this sleep-weight connection. The Spanish beauty has famously attributed her svelte figure to 12 hours of sleep a night. Now 12 hours may be excessive (not to mention, impractical), but she is on to something.
Insufficient sleep triggers changes in hormones. These hormones (ghrelin and leptin) regulate appetite and calorie intake, and when they’re skewed, we’re more likely to overeat. Many of us know this intuitively. When we’re tired, we just can’t stop snacking.
Luckily, insomnia can be addressed by adding magnesium to your diet. Magnesium triggers the hormone responsible for sleep – melatonin. Foods that are rich in magnesium are, conveniently, foods that are ideal for weight-management: e.g., dark, leafy greens, seeds, whole grains, beans and other fibrous, unprocessed foods.
It can be difficult to meet the recommended daily allowance (RDA) of magnesium through diet. You’d need two to three cups of beans a day, for example, to get your RDA of 300 – 400 mg per day for adults. Some days you may reach your target, but on the days when you don’t, it’s easy to boost your intake of this essential mineral with Natural Calm.
With adequate magnesium, you’ll enjoy more consistent, enduring energy throughout the day. Your body will make optimal use of nutrients, and you’ll find relief from insatiability and cravings.
You should also be sure to get your RDA of the B-complex vitamins and the mineral, chromium. These play vital roles in energy and blood sugar regulation, central to weight-management.