What does Decreasing your Appetite mean?
Losing excess body weight is generally not an easy task. One thing that people often struggle with is a very active appetite which causes them to eat more than the body actually needs to sustain itself. It is also one of the things that quickly put people off adopting a healthy lifestyle as they feel that ‘healthy’ suggests some sort of deprivation or starvation! However, appetite control and living healthily does not mean going hungry! On the contrary, many healthy foods are both filling and nutritious. There are also a few simple and natural appetite suppressants ready to help if you are overweight and weight loss is a goal.
Should you be Decreasing your Appetite?
Pharmaceutical appetite suppressants once held much appeal for the individual wanting to lose a few pounds quickly without too much hard work or effort. However this appeal is quickly waning as research studies and personal experiences have shown that the various side-effects associated with these medications can be dangerous and extremely bothersome. Side-effects have been known to include: addiction, fatigue, irritability, sleep disturbances, heart palpitations, stomach pain, blurred vision, anxiety, impotency and the list goes on.
Side-effects aside, numerous studies have documented that the benefits of conventional appetite suppressants are short-term and they do little to address the underlying problems associated with obesity or being overweight. Once the medication is stopped, people generally start gaining weight again, and body metabolism is thrown out of a natural rhythm.
For these reasons, doctors are generally hesitant to prescribe appetite suppressants for strong appetite control and tend to only do so if other measures have failed in appetite suppression and if excessive weight is causing serious health concerns.
How to Decrease your Appetite?
Decreasing your appetite should start with a different way of eating all together. In many cases, people with what seems like an insatiable appetite suffer from a lack of vitamins and minerals due to an unhealthy lifestyle. Those who eat junk food for dinner for example, may feel hungry soon after because they ate ‘empty calories’ that offer their body few essential nutrients.
When an excessive appetite is caused by emotional difficulties such as anxiety and depression, treating the condition in many cases helps to decrease appetite.
Safe Appetite Suppression
Many natural herbal and homeopathic remedies are available that stimulate the metabolism and work as natural appetite suppressants. Garcinia cambogia, for example, has been used for centuries in Ayurvedic medicine to aid natural appetite suppression and boost the metabolism. Other natural appetite suppressants include herbs such as Taraxacum officinalis, Paulina cupana (guarana) and Hoodia. Certain homeopathic ingredients such as Kalium phosphate, Calcium phosphate and Calcium fluoride are also commonly used to improve metabolism as well as to reduce sweet food cravings and encouraging strong appetite control.
Strong appetite control is especially needed when excessive appetite is linked to comfort eating. The use of herbal antidepressants like St John’s Wort can help to balance serotonin levels and increase feelings of well being – thereby reducing the need to overeat to fulfill short term comfort needs.
Remember that it is important to source your herbal remedies from reputable companies who manufacture according to the Full Spectrum method – thereby ensuring maximum freshness, potency and safety of the ingredients, as well as correct therapeutic dosage!
Suppressants for Children & Teens
It is normal for healthy children and teens to experience an increase in appetite due to growth factors and athletic activities. In the case of teens that overeat for emotional reasons, there are a number of natural appetite suppressants that can help and are safe for children and teens.
Wood betony for example, is very useful for a child who may turn to food for comfort. Wood betony can help to support digestive health and metabolism in growing bodies. Lemon balm is well-known for its soothing and calming properties.
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Tips for Decreasing your Appetite
- Drink plenty of water, at least eight glasses a day for proper hydration
- Eat green, leafy vegetables, fruit, whole grains, legumes, fish and poultry in small portions
- Limit sugar, alcohol, protein, dairy products, salt, caffeine and refined white flour products such as pasta
- Drink lemonade with real lemon juice – lemon juice contains citrate
- Exercise regularly, physical activity helps to remove the stone
- Increase your intake of magnesium and Vitamin B6 supplements
- Use hot packs or castor oil packs to relieve the pain and cramping