Hunger cravings are significant contributors to weight gain and to the inability to lose weight and keep it off. As opposed to many weight loss programs, the Olivera program does not suggest you "go on a diet." We want you to modify the way you eat and your lifestyle choices!
The scientific research into hunger cravings is ongoing, but we do know some key facts about hunger cravings and how to control them:
We consume foods to achieve stretch and satiation. Processed foods exclude most fiber, nutrients and water, so when we eat them our bodies do not feel full and we continue to eat. These calorie-dense foods cause overeating by failing to make us feel full. At Olivera, you’ll learn what foods to avoid and what foods to eat!
Sugar-rich and calorie-dense foods release chemicals known as dopamine and serotonin in our brains. Both chemicals are considered “feel good” neurotransmitters that produce a feeling of pleasure. (That’s why so many of us crave sweets, whether donuts or soda!) Your initial prescription of Phentermine will help you overcome these cravings.
These types of foods provide little to no nutritional value and are loaded with saturated fat, sugar and sodium. They make us feel good so we often turn to them in times of stress. They are also easily and readily available, so when time is tight, eating these foods is easy. The more we eat these foods, the higher level of “toxins” in our bodies. Weight loss diets tend to drive cravings for these foods (not unlike a substance abuse withdrawal), and most dieters succumb to hunger cravings before the withdrawal process is complete. Your Olivera team will help you identify the triggers for these cravings so you can take conscious steps to break the cycle.
We will provide tools, tips, resources and more to help you manage your way to better health. We’ll be with you every step of the way!