How to Make Appetite Suppressants Work for You
If you are like a lot of Americans, controlling the quantity of food you consume ranks right at the top of the list of things you “try” to do every day. The problem is, we all have such an abundance of delicious, delectable, scrumptious goodies available at our fingertips that NOT stuffing our faces is a real challenge. So what is one to do when your favorite jeans are telling you to “stop eating!” but your stomach is saying “I’m still hungry!”?
This looks like a job for an appetite suppressant supplement. Let’s take a look at four of the most common ingredients in appetite suppressants so you can make this valuable supplement work for you.
Active Ingredients: Caffeine and chlorogenic acids
The single most commonly consumed beverage on earth (after water of course) is coffee and for good reason. It smells good, tastes good and, as if that weren’t a good enough reason to guzzle it down, it even has positive health benefits when consumed in moderation. Just like in green tea, the caffeine in coffee boasts a rather powerful appetite suppressant effect that holds many an American over from morning till lunch with just a cup of java to get them by. The chlorogenic acids in coffee are also found in apples, pears, artichokes, strawberries, pineapple, sunflower and blueberries. From the limited studies that have been done on chlorogenic acids
, there is an indication that its consumption promotes weight loss, again, a good thing when one struggles with controlling food intake.
How to Make Coffee Work for You:
Have a cup in the morning and one after lunch, if you aren’t too sensitive to caffeine that it keeps you awake at night. Drinking your coffee black will give you the most benefits because it won’t add empty calories from sweeteners or creams/ milks into your diet; that would negate your goal of reducing overall calorie intake!
2. Garcinia Cambogia
Active Ingredient: Hydroxycitric acid
Hydroxycitric acid (HCA), a very close relative to citric acid (the stuff that makes citrus fruits sour) is shown to inhibit the reuptake of serotonin
as well as increase its availability. Serotonin affects both mood and appetite, so an increase in serotonin availability has been shown to decrease how much food people want to eat
, even when food is readily available. This is a good thing, since here in America, there is food everywhere you look, which just might be a contributing factor to why 68% of Americans are overweight. Maybe...
How to Make Garcinia Cambogia Work for You:
Pay close attention to the dosage and type of HCA you are taking. The most effective supplement will do nothing for you if you aren’t taking enough of the right stuff. Experts recommend hydroxycitrate that is bound to both calcium and potassium to increase the absorption of the HCA; always take the recommended dosage, too.
3. Cayenne Pepper
Active Ingredient: Capsaicin
As if turning beet red and sweating your face off wasn’t fun enough when eating hot chili peppers, the capsaicin inside the chili peppers stimulates the release of the “fight or flight” hormones (catecholamines like epinephrine/adrenaline, norepinephrine/noradrenaline) which slows digestion and therefore hunger. Additionally, the fat-burning effects of capsaicin makes this one a one-two punch, that is, if you can handle the heat.
How to Make Cayenne Pepper Work for You:
Add cayenne to anything you like to reap its appetite-suppressing, fat-burning powers. Ever tried a mango and chili smoothie
? Add spice to your food like it’s going out of style!
4. Green Tea
Active Ingredients: Caffeine and EGCG
Both green tea and coffee are known for their caffeine content and caffeine has been shown
to be a potent appetite suppressant. Caffeine aside, the EGCG (epigallocatechin-3-gallate) in green tea stimulates thermogenesis
(increased temperature) and fat oxidation (burning). Just make sure you are getting GREEN tea, because if you are drinking or supplementing with the black variety, you won’t get all of the benefits I described here. The processing from green to black actually converts the EGCG into less desirable theaflavins which are great antioxidants but don’t have the same fat burning effect. Go green!
How to Make Green Tea Work for You:
Drink pure green tea later in the day, when the caffeine in coffee might be too over stimulating for you. Alternatively, experiment with recipes that contain green tea to sneak more of it into your day.
Different Delivery Methods For Appetite Suppressants
Worldwide, the single most popular vehicle for an appetite suppressant, is via a good old cup of coffee, but that is far from the only way to keep your hunger in check. Effective appetite suppressing ingredients can be found in various forms such as:
One of the most convenient and effective ways you can get your stomach to stop growling is by getting your dose of Garcinia Cambogia in chewing gum form, which actually magnifies the effectiveness of the Garcinia Cambogia, as the process of chewing also signals the brain
to make you feel full, ensuring you don't eat that whole box of Girl Scout Cookies by yourself.
Remember, Nothing is Magic; Supplements Are an Addition to Diet and Exercise
While there is no such thing as a magic pill for weight loss, if you are looking to supplement your current efforts to cut back on the total quantity of food you consume to help achieve your weight loss goals, adding in one or more of these appetite suppressants might just do the trick for you. Now, if we could only find a pill that helps you get into crow pose in yoga class without falling on your face. That would be worth its weight in gold!
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