Appetite suppressants

Appetite suppressants

Do prescription appetite suppressants work?

Try a natural alternative to help lose weight safely

Obesity is one of the most challenging health issues today and overeating plays a large part in driving the problem. There are a number of reasons why people become overweight or obese, including nutrient deficiencies, a lack of fibre or healthy fats in their diet, fatigue or high levels of emotional stress.

What is an appetite suppressant?

Appetite suppressants can help people achieve satiety (a feeling of fullness) and curb overeating. There are both medically prescribed appetite suppressant pills and natural appetite suppressants – both of which are designed to help contain overeating. Appetite suppressants come in the form of tablets, supplements, drinks or foods. As their name suggests, they are designed to help suppress feelings of hunger, or cravings for food.

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Appetite suppressants may help tackle some of the issues related to obesity or emotional eating by balancing the levels of ‘hunger hormones’, which include ghrelin and leptin. These hormones – which dictate appetite – rise and fall throughout the day depending on a number of factors, including:

  • How much you’ve eaten.
  • Your mood – including anxiety or depression.
  • Stress levels.
  • Amount of sleep you’ve had.
  • Your genetics.
  • Conditions such as diabetes, low blood sugar or hyperthyroidism.
  • Your weight.
  • Habits like smoking and marijuana dependency.

In addition to decreasing your appetite through hormone regulation, appetite suppressants can also help by burning stored body fat for energy, improving the balance of blood sugar levels, curbing cravings for junk foods or sweets, improving thyroid health, increasing the release of ‘happy hormones’ (endorphins) like serotonin, and giving you more energy throughout the day for physical activity.

How do prescription appetite suppressant pills work?

Prescription appetite capsules from a doctor are usually prescribed for obese patients with a body mass index of 27 or higher. With your doctor’s approval, some appetite suppressants are good for short-term use. These drugs include phentermine, diethylpropion and phendimetrazine.

It is recommended to not take appetite suppressants for more than a few months due to their side effects, which include sleeplessness and nervousness. Additionally, phentermine can cause increased blood pressure and heart rate, and diethylpropion can cause dizziness and headaches.

According to Dr Josh Axe, a certified doctor of natural medicine and clinical nutritionist, there are a number of products available that claim to have appetite-suppressing effects. However, not many have been shown to work, or even be safe for use. While manufacturers of weight loss pills continue to promote the convenience and rapid results associated with their products, reputable health bodies such as the U.S Food and Drug Administration warn against their use.

Some of the reasons that appetite-suppressing weight loss pills are considered dangerous include medication interactions, tainted or unlisted ingredients, high amounts of caffeine, and fillers or synthetic additives that can cause a range of adverse side effects. This makes them an unhealthy option for suppressing appetite.

Caffeine, for example, is a common weight loss ingredient because it can dull appetite, improve motivation and increase energy levels. However, consuming too much caffeine over a short period of time can cause strong side effects like headaches, insomnia, anxiety, heart palpitations and diaorrhea. It can even cause problems with medications and medical conditions.

The side effects of popular appetite suppressant pills like guarana, garcinia cambogia or ephedrine include anxiety, trouble sleeping, indigestion, diaorrhea, rapid heartbeat, headaches, dependency and blood pressure changes that can be dangerous.

Some commercially available supplements have even been found to induce acute liver failure and contribute to serious reactions like excessive bleeding, increased pressure in the brain, fatigue, malaise and jaundice. For example, ephedrine is now banned as a dietary supplement ingredient in the U.S due to an increase in reported reactions including hypertension, palpitation, stroke, seizures, heart attack and, in rare cases, even death.

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10 ways to suppress appetite naturally

Dr Axe suggests there are safer and more natural options for suppressing your appetite (and potentially losing some weight as a result), with less risk. Throughout history, cultures all over the world have consumed natural foods, teas and spices that are now proving beneficial for metabolic functions and energy expenditure.

Here are some hints to help with appetite suppression:

  1. Saffron extract. Taking saffron extract can have a positive effect on mood regulation by increasing endorphin and serotonin levels. This has been shown to help improve symptoms of depression, emotional eating and PMS. Studies have found that saffron extract can work almost as well as taking a low-dose prescription antidepressant drug (such as fluoxetine or imipramine).
  2. Grapefruit essential oil. Grapefruit’s beneficial acids, antioxidants, oils and enzymes help reduce appetite, lower cravings, stimulate the lymphatic system and provide uplifting energy. Enzymes found in the rind of grapefruit have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects. These can help with the digestion of fats and sugar and the maintenance of balanced blood glucose levels. This helps keep you from feeling cranky and wanting a quick caffeine or sugar fix.
  3. Foods high in fibre. Dietary fibres have been used for hundreds of years to promote fullness, improve gut health and digestive functions, and help maintain strong immunity and heart health. Because fibre can’t be digested once consumed, high-fibre foods help slow your body’s digestion of glucose (sugar), keep you feeling full for longer and beat cravings. Fruits and vegetables are fibrous and healthy and are a low-calorie way to address hunger.
  4. Spicy foods. Naturally spicy (and anti-inflammatory) ingredients like cayenne, black pepper, curry, turmeric, ginger, dandelion or cinnamon can help increase your body’s ability to burn fat, suppress hunger levels, normalise glucose levels, reduce free radical damage associated with aging and reduce your appetite for sweets. Studies have found that eating spices like cayenne with high-carb meals increases diet-induced thermogenesis (heating of the body and burning of fat) and lipid oxidation.
  5. Water. Adequate hydration helps flush toxins stored in fat. Thirst may actually be perceived as hunger, so when you feel hungry between meals, drink some water.
  6. Protein. Protein helps you feel full for longer than carbohydrates. Also, having adequate protein is a signal to your body to burn fat as its primary energy source. Eggs are a healthy source of protein.
  7. Green tea. Unlike unhealthy drinks that may suppress your appetite – such as ‘diet’ fizzy drinks – green tea won’t make you hungry later. It works in a natural way and has the added benefit of boosting your metabolism. A 12-week study found that green tea extract lowered levels of the hunger hormone ghrelin. Other research showed that green tea contains compounds which promote weight loss.
  8. Avoid insulin spikes. Insulin at normal levels is necessary, but at elevated levels insulin promotes fat gain and inflammation and indirectly causes hunger. In order to control insulin levels and appetite, you need to control your carbohydrate intake. Start your day with a minimal amount of carbohydrates (five grams or less) coupled with adequate protein, which allows your body to burn fat for fuel.
  9. Don’t skip meals. Skipping meals slows your metabolism and leaves you feeling unsatisfied and more likely to overindulge later. The best meal and snack pattern to help you control your appetite is one that has three meals a day, with one to three snacks spread out throughout the day.
  10. Natural supplements. There is a range of natural foods and remedies that can help counter food cravings and cause loss of appetite. Reputable herbal pills like Vivano Appetite Manager contain effective loss of appetite ingredients.

Vivano Appetite Manager – a natural way to suppress appetite

Vivano Appetite ManagerVivano Appetite Manager is a research-based supplement that helps manage normal food cravings and impulse eating. Its formulation works to:

  • Support weight goals to help you reach ideal weight targets and manage carb cravings.
  • Improve mental focus and energy and calm impulse eating to help you feel better.

Vivano Appetite Manager contains three key ingredients:

Key herb number 1 – Gymnema

Gymnema gained its reputation as a sugar destroyer in traditional Indian medicine. Since the 1930s, medical journals have established that it is able to decrease sugar cravings while helping stabilise blood sugar levels.

Key herb number 2 – Vanadium Sulphate

Maintaining a good balance between blood glucose and insulin is essential for supporting a healthy metabolism and managing weight. According to a 1998 review, Vanadium helps maintain this balance by supporting the healthy metabolism of glucose, fat and protein. Better glucose metabolism, in turn, can lead to improved energy production and may aid in weight management.

Key herb number 3 – Chromium Polynicotinate

Chromium is a trace element that supports healthy metabolism by regulating the way the body uses carbohydrates. Studies show Chromium helps metabolise fat and protein more effectively.

The Vanadium and Chromium found in Vivano Appetite Manager both support the effective control of carb and sugar cravings.

Vivano Appetite Manager is doubly effective when combined with Vivano Kilo Manager for healthy calorie burning and fat metabolism.

This combined Vivano Weight Management pack is specially formulated to:

  • Manage your carbohydrate cravings.
  • Help control your appetite.
  • Promote efficient burning of calories.
  • Inhibit fat absorption and fat storage.
  • Induce feelings of calmness and self-control while reducing eating or drinking.

Vivano products are manufactured in New Zealand to the highest standards with thorough testing and guarantees of no adulteration or undeclared ingredients.

Vivano products are most effective when combined with healthy eating and moderate exercise. Free eating and exercise plans are included.

Disclaimer. This information is provided for general informational purposes only and does not substitute for the advice provided by your medical professional. Always seek specific medical advice for treatment appropriate to you. Individual results may vary and are not guaranteed.


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Disclaimer. This information is provided for general informational purposes only and does not substitute for the advice provided by your medical professional. Always seek specific medical advice for treatment appropriate to you. Individual results may vary and are not guaranteed.

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