Weight loss is a constant process for athletes, weightlifters, bodybuilders and those looking to live a healthier life style. While a regular exercise regimen and balanced diet create the foundation for good health and weight loss, many turn to supplements to burn stubborn fat and show off greater muscle definition.
There are a wide range of weight loss supplements, from thermogenic fat burners to estrogen blockers, that work through different mechanisms, but some of the most effective supplements are appetite suppressants.
Overeating and Appetite Suppressants
Overeating is one of the biggest contributors to weight gain, but it is also highly complex and challenging. There are a wide range of physiological and psychological reasons for overeating. Most often, overeating comes from nutrient deficiencies, like not getting enough fiber or healthy fats in your diet, but you may also overeat as a means of coping with stress. Comfort foods are designed to increase feel-good chemicals in your brain, which may battle emotional stress temporarily, but may also cause you to store more abdominal fat and increase your risk of diabetes and cardiovascular problems.
That’s where appetite suppressants come in. Appetite suppressants can help you avoid overeating while ensuring that you stay satisfied after meals, and most appetite suppressants are made using natural ingredients.
How Appetite Suppressants Work
Appetite suppressants work through various mechanisms. Many work by regulating the chemicals in your body involved with the feeling of hunger, particularly ghrelin and leptin. These two chemicals rise and fall throughout the day based on a variety of different factors, including:
- Your mood
- What you have recently eaten
- When you last ate
- Stress levels
- Current weight
Many appetite suppressants also work to actively help you lose weight by curbing cravings, improving thyroid health, converting more body fat into energy and increasing your metabolism.
Green Tea Extract
Green tea, which comes from the plant Camellia sinensis, has been drunk for centuries and remains one of the healthiest, most powerful ingredients available. Studies show that green tea can benefit nearly every organ system in the human body. According to research, green tea may be cardioprotective, anti-carcinogenic, neuroprotective and good for your blood vessels. These benefits come from water-soluble polyphenols known as catechins that are extracted from the leaves into water.
It’s no wonder then that green tea can work as an appetite suppressant and weight loss supplement. A study testing the effects of green tea extract on adults found that those taking 857 milligrams of green tea extract each week over the course of 12 weeks had significantly lower levels of the hunger chemical known as ghrelin. These participants also showed better cholesterol levels and elevated adiponectin. Low levels of adiponectin are associated with increased inflammation, metabolic syndrome and a resistance to the chemicals necessary for balanced blood sugar levels.
While green tea extract contains four main catechins, the most prominent is EGCG. Along with its potential for fighting cancer, EGCG may promote thermogenesis, which is the process of breaking down food to heat the body, thereby increasing your natural metabolic rate while decreasing the spread of fat cells. Studies suggest that it’s safe to take up to 900 milligrams of green tea extract a day.
iFAS503® is a proprietary blend of green tea extract, fleeceflower extract and parasitic loranthus extract. Fleeceflower, which is also known as Japanese knotweed, is a common component of traditional Asian medicine and has been used to promote circulatory and gastrointestinal health. Parasitic loranthus grows on woody trees and belongs to the mistletoe family.
Combining these three extracts, iFAS503® works to inhibit fatty acid synthase (FAS). Fatty acid synthase is an enzyme involved in the production of fatty acids. While these fatty acids can be used to fuel tissue during high energy exercise, they are more often stored in fat cells in the form of triacylglycerol. By inhibiting fatty acid synthase, iFAS503® limits the amount of fat that can be stored, which effectively reduces appetite and encourages weight loss.
Caralluma fimbriata is a type of edible cactus indigenous to India, Africa, the Middle East and parts of Southern Europe. The plant has been used for centuries in Indian culture as a famine food, thirst quencher and appetite suppressant during long hunts or when food was scarce.
While the cactus is traditionally eaten raw or simply boiled and salted, modern Western usage takes it in the form of a supplement. Studies suggest that Caralluma fimbriata may potentially curb obesity when combined with physical activity and a balanced diet. Early research also shows statistically significant changes in body fat, waist circumference and weight when taking Carallum fimbriata.
High Fiber Foods
Foods that are high in dietary fiber have been used historically to promote a sense of fullness while improving digestion and gut health. Studies show that adults in the United States still get less than half the daily recommended amount of fiber.
Fiber works by the fact that it cannot be digested when it is consumed while also absorbing much of its weight in water. This can work to slow down your body’s digestion of glucose, which essentially curbs cravings and keeps you fuller for longer periods of time. Most high-fiber foods also have the benefit of being nutritionally dense, which can prevent the nutrient deficiencies that might cause you to overeat in the first place.
Some high-fiber foods you should include in your diet:
- Beans and legumes
- Chia seeds
- Fresh vegetables (both starchy and non-starchy)
Naturally spicy ingredients have been found to suppress hunger and balance glucose levels while increasing your ability to burn fat and curbing cravings for sweets. Studies also show that spicy foods increase thermogenesis and lipid oxidation. Other research suggests that capsaicin, the active component in spicy foods, can modulate metabolic activities.
Spices are also easy to include in your diet. Some spices you should try include:
- Black pepper
If you are curious about appetite suppressants, try Pyroxamine™ from MYOKEM™. Along with crushing appetite, Pyroxamine™ also works as a thermogenic fat burner to accelerate fat loss while providing a clean flow of energy and promoting greater mental focus. Try it today, and remember to keep up with regular exercise and a balanced diet with the right ratio of macronutrients to ensure healthy weight and greater strength.