In his August 29th episode of his long-running television show, Dr Mehmet Oz talked about how serotonin levels can affect your weight, with high levels being linked to happiness, which in turn could aid your weight loss efforts.
How can serotonin help your weight loss efforts?
As low serotonin levels have been linked to increased risk of cravings it makes sense to believe that having higher serotonin levels will result in fewer cravings, which can only benefit your weight loss efforts.
If you are eating healthier 3-4 times daily you don’t want to ruin all your hard work by picking at rubbish foods between meals. Even if you are snacking on healthy snacks between meals you are still adding extra calories to your daily limit, which is never a good thing.
How to increase your serotonin levels naturally?
While receiving a compliment can cause an increase in serotonin levels, the most effective method is through your diet.
Eating chocolate is a good way to increase both serotonin and dopamine levels, however I cannot recommend that you consume too much chocolate as this will obviously undermine your weight loss efforts.
Instead you should try to increase the amount of Omega-3 fatty acids you consume; such as those found in fish like salmon, or in nuts and seed oil, like flaxseed oil.
Exercise is also a great way to increase serotonin levels, as it causes an increase in the production of tryptophan. Try and aim to get at least 30 minutes of exercise daily, even if it is just a short walk.
You may also want to try:
- Getting some sunlight
- Have a massage
- Relive happy moments
If you are stressed or worrying about something then your serotonin levels will be affected. Try to relax and you will soon see a difference in your weight. That is if you have made a healthy lifestyle change too.
What to avoid if you want to raise serotonin levels?
There are certain things you should avoid if you want to maintain high serotonin levels, for instance:
- Lack of sleep
- Lack of exercise
- Omega-3 deficiency
- Caffeinated drinks
Can supplementation boost serotonin levels?
You can buy a 5-HTP supplement from the Evolution Slimming website, currently a bottle of 90 capsules will cost £19.99 ($31).
This supplement is made from Griffonia Seed, which will provide you with 100 mg of 5-HTP per capsule.
Buying direct from Evolution Slimming is secure and your package will be sent discreetly.
Every order also comes with a FREE diet plan and a 30 day money back guarantee.