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Natural Appetite Suppressants

apple and salad wrapped in a measuring tape, appetite suppresant conceptThe following is a summary of six natural appetite suppressants in the forms of foods that you can bring to the kitchen and to your family in the fight against belly fat.

Water

More often than not, slight dehydration during the day causes symptoms that are mistaken for hunger. The answer to this is to remember to drink plenty of water throughout the day. Some sources recommend wearing 6 rubber bands on a wrist as a reminder to drink six 8-oz glasses of water on top of whatever other fluids they may consume. With other fluids in mind, researchers have found that drinking a cup of hot green tea or a small can of vegetable juice like V-8 before a meal can do more and act quicker toward suppressing appetite than taking many supplements.

Apples

Apples are perhaps one of the most neglected natural appetite suppressant food chosen for weight loss when in fact, apples suppress appetite in a number of ways. For example, apples are high in soluble fiber and contain pectin—which helps the stomach feel full. Feelings of satiety before eating a meal are also aided with a low-calorie apple before a meal due to it causes you to eat slower and gives your body’s hunger signals a chance to decrease before digging into a main course. Apples are also a good way to control blood sugar levels and maintain energy levels that when low lead to overeating.

Pine Nuts and Almonds

Pine nuts possess more protein than other nuts and seeds and also possesses pinolenic acid, which can stimulate specific sensors in the brain that are responsible for telling you that you're full.

Another appetite suppressing nut is the almond—a rich source of Vitamin E, antioxidants and magnesium that according to The 2006 Obesity Society Annual Scientific Meeting has been shown to increase feelings of fullness in people and help with weight loss. Other research has proposed that almonds may also decrease the absorption of fat into the blood.

Soup or Salad

If drinking water just isn’t meeting your hunger needs before a meal, nutritionists advise going the soup or salad route by trying both before dinnertime. Clear, broth-based soups are a low calorie, water-dense foods that are low in calories, but filling in the stomach. Couple that with a small leafy green salad with fiber rich vegetables will result in slowing down the absorption of sugar and at the same time suppress your degree of appetite from feeling famished to feeling less so and thereby less likely to fill up on the main courses of a dinner-time meal.

Hot Spices

Spicy food is known to increase fat-burning metabolism naturally and act as an appetite suppressant by temporarily dulling the tongue’s ability to sense sweet. Some studies suggest that adding as little as half a teaspoon of cayenne pepper to your dishes not only intensifies the flavor but also causes the body to burn more calories than it would without the added pepper.

Ginger

Thin slices of Ginger root have been the primary ingredient in many Asian dishes for centuries due to its ability to aid digestion and increase energy—both of which lead to decreased feelings of hunger. In addition, researchers in the Netherlands have discovered that ginger has fat burning and metabolism boosting properties while animal studies in Japan report that ginger contains a compound called zingerone resulted in significant weight loss in treated mice.

Are these natural options not quite cutting it? transformyou offers a free consultations for anyone looking into their medical weight loss and appetite suppressant options. In the consultations, we work together to develop a medical weight loss plan that is safe and effective for you. Schedule your consultation today by calling 480-839-4131 or use the consultation request form found throughout the site.

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