There are lots of ways to lose weight—and even more rumors, suggestions, services and products that reputedly trim pounds whether they do or not. Ultimately, dropping weight comes down to a basic equation that involves burning more calories than are consumed. There are many factors as to how fast and how much weight is lost, including age, genetics and others. Yet better control of what and how much a person eats is a great way to start toward a leaner body. While this may sound simple, limiting food consumption is not easy and is often undermined by habit and phycological issues. People overeat because of depression and psychological stimulation. Appetite suppressants help lessen the urge to gobble uncontrollably. They trick the brain into thinking the body doesn’t need more food. It’s a mechanism that modifies the complete set of physical and hormonal signals that make the body believe it’s hungry. There are thousands of commercial appetite suppressants on the market—many of which can be effective, although they can have unsettling side effects. There are a range of natural appetite suppressants providing the same benefits with fewer troubling consequences. WellWell has pulled some to consider. Read on.
A cup of joe not only gives a person a morning boost, but the 80 to 170 mg of caffeine acts as an appetite suppressant that generates appetite-controlling hormones like cortisol and adrenaline. Coffee’s bitterness may also help nutrient metabolism.
This fruit is from a sour pumpkin-shaped yellow Indonesian fruit, formally known as Malabar tamarind. The suppressant is usually available in pill form. It works because the fruit’s rind has a high concentration of hydroxy citric acid that help fend off hunger—and block fat production—due to its ability to increase serotonin levels.
This suppressant is a product of seeds from an African shrub that are a great source of 5-hydroxytryptophan, which then transforms into hunger-controlling serotonin. Studies have found it creates a sense of fullness and reduces appetitive in women, which can lead to significant weight loss. Overuse can cause nausea, so moderation is key.
Caralluma is a long-standing suppressant, a byproduct of an edible cactus from India. It is a spice in Indian chutneys and pickles. As with many other natural suppressants, this product can increase the circulation of serotonin in the brain, batting down appetites and decreasing carbohydrate consumption. There are no reports of significant side effects.
Fenugreek seeds are dried and ground for use as suppressants. They are 50 percent fiber and galactomannan, which provides a feeling of fullness. These seeds also decrease fat and caloric intake.
This suppressant comes from the root of the Asian devil’s tongue plant, which also makes Japanese shirataki noodles. The suppressant works by becoming a viscous gel that develops into a protective film on the bowel wall. The film allows proteins and fats to bypass digestion, creating a feeling of fullness and slowing down the emptying of the stomach. It is a gut-friendly suppressant that regulates blood sugar levels and reduces total and bad cholesterol.
Gymnema Sylvestre, which comes from a shrub native to India, Africa and Australia, has been used for medicinal purposes for thousands of years. The gymnemic acids inherent in the suppressant help prevent sugar absorption, which supports low blood sugar levels and avoids carbohydrate storage as fat, making it something like a natural fat-burning suppressant. Beyond this, it reduces sugar cravings.
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