Serotonin and Bodyfat/Weight Management

Serotonin and Bodyfat/Weight Management

For extensive research about serotonin check out this article:


We all know serotonin as the happy hormone in the brain, but not many know how it can effect us as far as our physiques are concerned.

Low levels of serotonin can result in the following symptoms:

– craving fatty foods, especially fried, and stodgy carbs such as chips, crisps and potatoes
– feeling anxious and/or worried
– depression
– lack of motivation
– struggling to get out of bed once awake
– pain sensitivity
– aggression

After looking at the symptoms, it is easy to understand how serotonin deficiency can effect your lifestyle in a way that will thwart your performance on more levels than just the gym alone.

Fixing the problem is down to nutrition (as always lol). There is an amino acid called l-tryptophan that is responsible for synthesising serotonin. Food sources are highly unreliable nowadays, so supplements are definitely your best option. Go with 1g of pure tryptophan before bed and the problems should cease. If you chose to go with food sources, good luck, and be sure to eat plenty of red meat, fish, poultry, sunflower seeds, almonds, pumpkin seeds, dried dates, and spirulina.

For extensive research about serotonin and tryptophan you can check out this article:

Insulin Resistance

Insulin Resistance

Do you crave sugar in the form of sweets, fizzy drinks and general junk food? Do you crave chocolate?

It may be that you were not born with a “sweet tooth” at all. In fact, it’s most likely down to inefficient insulin production and transport inside your body.

Here are some more symptoms:

– Unexplainable thirst
– Frequent urination
– Hunger even after just eating
– Unexplainable fatigue
– Dark skin patches around the neck & chest area
– High blood pressure
– Hyper-excitability
– Lack of motivation
– Mood swings
– Insomnia and/of disturbed sleep
– Feeling tired even after a full night’s sleep

If most of your symptoms are on the top half of that list then you are deficient in chromium. Supplement 20mcg/day and the problems will go away. If you are in the second half you need magnesium. Take 500-750mg every night before bed.

For profession medical information and a more in depth understand of insulin resistance there is a great article written by Melissa Conrad Stoppler, MD.

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Tay Gabbidon
Personal Trainer & Nutrition Therapist
Oxford, England