Natural Appetite Suppressants

by Dr. Julian Whitaker
Filed Under: Weight Loss
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

One of the most difficult aspects of losing weight is learning to control your appetite.

Fortunately, I happen to know of several natural appetite suppressants that can help. Some are foods and beverages that can help you fend off hunger pangs, while others are supplements that can give you a boost.

First and foremost is water. I recommend drinking an eight-ounce glass of water before each meal.

Next, be sure to include plenty of fiber in your diet. You can get fiber from foods sources, such as a juicy apple before meals or a quarter-cup of freshly ground flaxseed sprinkled on yogurt, salads, or soups, as well as supplements (psyllium and glucommanan are good sources). Either way, fiber helps to stave off hunger by causing a slower release of glucose.

There are also thermogenic agents that aid weight loss by increasing the rate that the body burns fat and by curbing appetite. The easiest one to incorporate into your diet is caffeine. When you feel the need to reach for a snack, drink a cup of coffee instead—it often takes the edge off of hunger. If you aren’t a coffee fan, another safe and effective option is green tea.

For extra help, try the amino acid 5-hydroxytryptophan (5-HTP), which cuts cravings, particularly for carbohydrates, by naturally balancing serotonin levels.

Hoodia gordonii, a succulent native to southern Africa, is another one of nature’s appetite suppressants. Used by San Bushmen in the Kalahari Desert to stave off hunger and thirst during long treks, hoodia activates the hunger/satiety center in the brain. Hoodia has created a good deal of buzz in the industry, and has been shown to be highly effective in reducing appetite.

Finally, there’s Irvingia gabonensis. This extract from a West African tree not only reins in appetite and fights obesity, but also helps control diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

You can find these supplements in most health food stores or online. Use as directed.
 

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